My son is 14 months old and I don't feel like he's getting enough sleep, but I don't know how to get him to sleep more. He transitioned to just one nap during the day shortly before his first birthday, but his nap keeps getting shorter and shorter. He went from sleeping 2-3 hours to sleeping between an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half. He usually sleeps about 10 hours at night so that gives him a total of 11 and a half hours a day. I've been reading that the average baby his age needs about 14 and a half hours of sleep each day. The reason I'm concerned is that he is very fussy during the afternoon and evening and cries and wants to be held all of the time. He used to be very happy all the time and pretty independent, but the last few weeks he seems like a different child. He wants me all the time and cries when anyone else tries to pick him up, even his daddy. Maybe a bit of separation anxiety? There have been no significant changes in our life recently so the only thing I can think of is that he's tired. He does yawn and rub his eyes quite a bit. I tried putting him to bed an hour earlier several nights last week and he seemed to be in a better mood for a few days, but now he seems to be fighting his sleep more than ever and he's went to sleep 2 hours later than usual the last two nights because he just can't fall asleep. I'm so confused. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
I would suggest working a time into your afternoon where you lay down together to read stories. If he has been clingy lately, he will probably welcome the snuggle time with Mama. If he's overtired, there is a good chance he'll fall asleep a few stories in, especially if you carefully choose titles that encourage calm and sleep. If he doesn't fall asleep, he'll at least have a restful time worked into his afternoon, and you'll be helping him develop language skills. Good luck.
Thank you for the suggestion! He does love to read so that may work well for us. I will see if I can find some titles at the library that would encourage sleep. I take care of 2 other babies during the daytime so maybe that is part of him being so clingy in the late afternoon and evening. We will definitely give this a try and at least he will have some consistent one-on-one time even if he doesn't go to sleep. He is with me all the time, but I'm often trying to finish housework, get dinner ready, etc. after work so maybe the quality time is what he's missing. Thanks again!
Hope it works for you. I'm a teacher and just returned to work after a summer home with my girls. My two-year-old, who is generally super independent, has been really clingy, too. I've actually been doing the reading thing with her, and it has really helped.
Separation anxiety is very common...so that might be part of it. My daughters slowly weened themselves from naps and long sleeps at about the same time. He might also be starting to cut some teeth, I always used frozen waffles to help soothe gums etc. You might also want to try an afternoon bath time instead of an evening if that is what you usually do. Baths always seem to make them tired...or maybe it is the warm snugly bath towel afterwards not sure:) lol Good Luck:)