Meet the Sullivans: Toddler Sleep Conundrum

February 27, 2014

Toddler Sleep Conundrum


Would you believe I have spent nearly an hour each night rocking Owen to sleep for the past week? I almost can't believe it myself when I finally leave the dark cave that is his room each night and glance at the clock to see that an hour has passed.

But do you want to know what really stumps me? How he can easily fall asleep in a crowded, very loud, very bright Mexican restaurant in the middle of the day (pictured above!), while sitting up in a highchair across the table from his very favorite friend.

How is it possible that he can't seem to wind down and get sleepy while rocking to sleep in his mother's arms, in the dark, at the end of the day, after all the bedtime rituals (and his new Cloub B Constellations Turtle), but he can fall asleep easily in a loud restaurant? I'm so confused.

Well, at least he has been sleeping through the night for the past 3 nights...

7 comments:

Jess Norden said...

Oh my goodness....an hour long cuddle is so sweet!! I am glad he's sleeping through the night, but seriously...I always wondered how Cam could sleep at a basketball game or restaurant when he was little but as soon as we got home, he would be wide awake!! Cam is in a RUT with sleep right now...two days of no naps this weekend plus he woke up at 1am yesterday morning and never went back to sleep!! HOW does he do that? So, does he like the light of the turtle? We've always had it so dark in Cam's room that I hate even the tiny light on his monitor!! Haha

Tara said...

I don't have any answers to your sleep conundrum, but just wanted to let you know you're not alone- our 17-month old was a perfect sleeper... and suddenly she is waking up at least twice every night and resisting naps. We've been trying to get her back on track for the past three weeks or so!

the girl in the red shoes said...

I will never understand toddler sleep! I can have Hudson in the car with me for a 5 minute drive and I'll talk to him, say his name over and over, and sing his favorite songs and he still falls asleep! Good luck my friend....hopefully this is only a stage!

Ida Arias said...

Sounds like my son. It was so easy for him to fall asleep in loud places but once we got home, he was awake. He didn't want to sleep at home, I'm guessing it's because he wanted to continue playing. I gave up on the rocking and just let him cry himself to sleep. It's hard to tell you this but it continued every night until he was about 3 1/2. Good luck!

E Hayes said...

oh boy! I'm glad the stars are working for you too... they've been our saving grace into bringing something new and fun into routine. I really feel like it's toddler FOMO. They just don't want to miss a thing!

Sarah @ The Not Quite Military Wife said...

Do you use a sound machine at all? That really helps my daughter fall asleep.

Tiffany said...

I know that we went through phases where we had to do that too! And I only wish Sydney would just pass out anywhere. We have to be at home or in the car. Lol