This morning he woke up at 7 am. That is only 7 hours of sleep for a little guy! He is cranky and whiny so I laid him back in bed after a potty stop and a few minutes of interaction. After the whining started I laid him back down. Now he has woken S., they are both in their beds. S. is making sounds with his mouth, E. is yelling "NO!" at him. They have been doing this a lot lately, especially in the car. I don't know what to do. S. is so happy and is just being silly, not too loud . E. is just being RUDE! He will shout "NO" over and over and over again. For hours.
E. won't always take a nap, but if he does it will take him 2 hours to fall asleep. We only make him lay in bed for that long if his behavior is unbearable. Most days by lunch time it is! What to do? I thought about giving him a sleep aid at night, but after doing some research on melatonin and young children, decided against that. I talked briefly about his behaviors with the OT at his evaluation but she didn't offer any suggestions (still haven't heard back from her). Wishing E. could get more sleep, he is a growing boy, still small for his age (S. is 21 months younger that him and they are almost the same size). Is it a phase? Can I get through this?
(3 - 5 Years)
11 - 13 hours
Naps usually end by 5 years; nighttime fears may emerge
Consistent sleep/wake time and bedtime routine
Tips for Preschoolers