Why won't my kid let me sleep?
January 2, 2010 10:57 AM Subscribe
My toddler HATES seeing me sleep. WTF?
posted by christinetheslp to human relations (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm pregnant with Child #2 and have been extremely tired. Sometimes after lunch or dinner on weekends I like to stretch out on the couch and take a quick nap while my husband watches our 19 month old son. My son HATES this. He just doesn't want to see me sleep. He'll run over and push my head up and make sure I'm awake.
It's not the fact that I'm not playing with him that he doesn't like. Many times he won't notice I'm asleep for a while because he's busy playing, and he'll run over, wake me up, and run back to what he was doing.
It's not the fact that I'm on the couch that he hates. He also hates seeing me sleep in bed, on the floor, or in a recliner. He's okay with me laying on the couch or floor, but as soon as my head goes down and my eyes close he's over pestering me.
So my question is in two parts:
1. Is this common? My Googling revealed many hits for "My toddler hates sleep" and many hits for "My toddler hates sleeping," but not for "My toddler hates seeing me sleep."
2. Why could this be happening? So far I've attributed it to the fact that he's a year and a half old and does a lot of random things, but I'm curious to hear other theories.