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Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« on: November 14, 2017, 20:18:49 pm »
Hello!

So I have been in molar hell for a couple of months with some says being ok and others a complete nightmare. I definitely feel like he's overtired from all of this. He is finally cutting his last molar so womderingwhere do I start to get him back on track?

His EASY has been so inconsistent. Sometimes he fought naps and bedtime. I attributed it to the molars though.

Before I was doing:

WU 7:30 pm
S 1:30-3:30 pm
BT 8:30 pm

I'm wondering if I should start with shortening the nap since it takes him longer to fall asleep at night and has shorter nights with longer naps.
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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 20:49:29 pm »
Yay for the last molar.  That was a rough stage for us, too.

Yes, this is a prime age for cutting back on naps.  Depends on each child of course, but you'll notice a difference within a few days... but it may take 3-5 days.  I found I had to cut back significantly to see a difference in the night, but you can start by shaving off 15 mins at a time. 

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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 02:57:55 am »
So I know people do this differently but do I push the nap later and cap or just cap and keep bedtime the same?

For example:
WU 7:30 am
S 1:30-3 pm
BT 8:30 pm

Or

WU 7:30 am
S 1:45-3:15 pm
BT 8:30 pm
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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2017, 17:50:59 pm »
Well for me as UT was horrible for him getting to sleep I would push the nap later and so effectively keep his nap WU and BT the same so would aim for a nap at 1.45-3.30.

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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2017, 02:12:53 am »
That makes sense.

It's hard to tell bc we are in such a crazy loop. For instance he will have early mornings or lots of NW because of a close to 2 hour nap with a super late bedtime bc he resists for so long the night before then goes down easily between 5.5-6 A taking a good nap (1.25-1.75). The other scenario is when he takes a shorter nap with the nanny (45-1hr) then goes to sleep around the same bedtime where he sleeps around 11 hrs without NW, but then will fight a nap despite being a crab for most of the morning. Today he skipped it 😮

So I guess I'm wondering where do I start?
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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2017, 12:05:00 pm »
Oh yeah - the typical UT/OT loop! I would try and cap the nap - I know it it tempting to go with 2 hours as a catchup but it is then affecting his night. Even just shave 15 mins to start with and see how you go?

This phase won't last forever!

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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 19:00:30 pm »
Haha I'm always in this loop with him. So I guess based on all I have said should I shave off 15 on the front end of the nap? Today he didn't fall asleep until close to 2 with a 7:30 wake up.
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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2017, 20:31:36 pm »
I would be tempted to - his body clock is obviously shifting to that later nap xx

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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2017, 19:52:00 pm »
I can try that!

So I'm thinking start off with:

WU 7:30 am
S 1:45-3:30 pm
BT 8:30 pm

Now sometimes he only does 1.25-1.5 should I just set the bt or move it up by 15 minutes on those days?
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Re: Getting 2.5 yr old back on track after Molars
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2017, 22:00:35 pm »
You said in your original post he is very OT so I would bring his BT forward. Then if he does resist then at least you started early!