Help A Reader Out: Toddler Crying Mid-Nap

Tips from real moms for when your toddler is crying in the middle of nap time. Get ideas for why it is happening and what to do about it.

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Melissa Hunt said…

My son, 21 months, is a BW success story. We’ve never had any problems. That is, until last week when he started waking up 40 minutes into his nap screaming. He falls asleep with no trouble, but wakes too soon in total hysteria. He doesn’t seem to be teething and wakes with a clean diaper. We’ve employed CIO for over a week now and seen no change in behavior. Can you suggest possible causes. The problem does not present at bedtime. His daily schedule is up at 8:30, nap at 1:30, bed at 7:00.
Plowmanators said…

Melissa, is he verbal enough to talk to about it? I would have to wonder if he is having bad dreams, though it would be strange to have that at naps and not night, I don’t think it would be impossible.
If you like, I can pose this as a help a reader out question. There might be people out there who have experienced something similar. Let me know if you would like me to do that.

Melissa Hunt said…

Please do pose it as a help a reader out question. Bad dreams are a possibility, but he’s still not speaking, so it’s hard to know. My other thought is to try moving his nap up a bit, but it’s already pretty early in the day.
As a side note, the new behavior did start about 5 weeks after the birth of our second son.


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