Leo's sleep schedule is in upheaval. Again. He is moving from a two-nap schedule to a one-nap schedule and it's not pretty. We had a nice run. For months his sleep schedule looked something like this:
7 am: Wake-up
10 am: Nap for an hour or more
2 pm Nap for an hour or more
7:30pm Bedtime, and usually asleep by 8
It was lovely while it lasted, but lately he's been refusing to nap. At first I thought it might be because we'd been so busy, so I cleared our schedule for a couple days and made napping our #1 goal. Fail. Apparently you can't force a toddler to sleep.
Ok, so fine. One nap. I can dig that. Let's start a one nap schedule. Unfortunately that's easier said than done; it has not been a smooth transition. I feel like we are taking two steps forward and one step back. I'm trying to guide him towards a schedule that maintains his normal bedtime and wake-up, but just has one (hopefully longer) nap at noon or 1 pm.
And for a day that will work great. He'll be a little (ok, a lot) cranky at his old naptimes (but will absolutely refuse to sleep), but if we keep busy he can push through. Then at bedtime, he's exhausted and cranky, but falls right to sleep. Ok, so the day was full of crank, but he'll get used to the new schedule soon enough. Right? Right?
Then the next day he will take two loooooooong naps - or even three - to make up for the day before. Great. Until bedtime. Next thing I know it's 10:30 at night and he's still running circles around me. I'm about ready to tear my hair out.
Today has been one of those two nap days. And the naps weren't even long! But of course Leo is zooming around now at 9:30. I tried to put him to bed at 8 - but it was not successful. I nurse him to sleep each night and tonight he was squirming and squirming, so finally I closed up the milk shop and just laid with him. He kept trying to get up to play, but I calmly laid him back down each time and explained it was time to sleep.
He laid there for a bit. Then he began to sign "bath". We didn't give him a bath before bed tonight, so I guess he thought he found a loophole. I told him, no, no bath tonight. So he signed "eat". I reminded him that we just finished dinner. A few minutes later he signed "potty". This one never fails. So we got up and went to go sit on the potty. Shockingly, he didn't go. As I was putting his pjs back on he signed "water". Are you kidding me? The kid isn't even 14 months old. Isn't he a little young to be hustling me for a later bedtime?
Anyway, I'm off to try and put him down again. Wish me luck. I'd love any advice you might have for weathering this transition. It's driving me bonkers.