Help with post-nap
September 17, 2013 8:52 PM Subscribe
My three year old has a very hard time waking up from his nap in the afternoon. Today he cried and screamed and complained for almost an hour. Help me find a way to avoid this.
posted by bq to human relations (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
He's been cranky after is naps for a long time, so much so that we just dropped his nap altogether six months ago because the wake up tantrum was so intolerable. But now he is going to be napping every day at preschool and today he was super, super unhappy. Nothing I said or did comforted him, I don't think it's anything specific to the school environment because he is the same way if he falls asleep in the car on a weekend - total pill when he wakes up from his nap.
I don't think the problem is an overall lack of sleep or overtiredness. He goes to bed by 8:30, has a consistent bedtime ritual, and wakes himself up before 6 many mornings (UUUUUGH).
When I first tried to tackle this problem I experimented with a protein snack right before nap. No dice. At school they eat lunch right before nap time.
His favorite food - blueberries - will work about half the time. Other half, he stands there sobbing inconsolably and shoving blueberries in his mouth. Hilarious and heartrending.
A TV show works but then he throws a tantrum 30 minutes later when I turn the TV off, and there's no TV at school or in the car on the way one from school.
Music in the car does not help.
Validating his feelings does not help.
Reasoning with him does not help.
Ignoring him does not help.
Hugging him and kissing him does not help.
Singing to him does not help.
Cuddling does not help.
What am I missing?