Suddenly Can't Control My 2 Year Old @ Naptime Bedtime
My son has always been awesome about going to bed and taking naps. We have had a solid routine since he was an infant and it has not changed. Suddenly, he is throwing WILD, uncontrollable tantrums at both nap time and bed time. I have tried changing them to either earlier or later with no improvement with his behavior.
As soon as we finish reading our last book he starts to scramble for more books. He freaks out when I tell him it is time to sleep. I keep with the routine and move him to his crib for a hug and kiss and to lay him down with his blankets and animals. At this point he is working himself up to SCREAM for whatever he can. More hugs, more kisses, clean his nose, clean his ears, read a book, give him juice, let him up, turn on the light, turn off the light etc etc etc... If I give in to one thing he wants more more more. If I don't give in he still screams for more more more. I tell him it is nap time and close the door and walk away. He tantrums for an hour to an hour and a half on average. I check in on him every 10 mins or so to make sure he is safe.
After a tantrum like this he can nap for 4+ hours or will sleep in the morning after. I think I would too! I'm sure he is using up a lot of energy.
Is this just a phase? Any tips or tricks for me to try? I'm at the end of my rope. I don't know what else to do at this point.
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