He would normally take his morning nap after a meal of porridge and his poo poo business, but last saturday he suddenly became hyper active, and refused to sleep. I know he is exhausted and sleepy because he keep on rubbing his eye and yawn repeatedly. I put him inside his hammock, but he tossed and turned inside, and finally get up on his own. We have to let him out and play for a little while outside, but he continue to get cranky and wanted to be carried around. Familiar with such situation? Both wifey and I are exhausted and are cracking our heads on what is happening.
We try to give him a lot of stuff to play with including phone, car keys, just for him to stay inside his hammock but to no avail. Finally, mummy bring him his Pooh bear (he called it bear bear) and he finally dozed off after some lullabies.
I try to search around the web to see whether there are any similar cases or experiences. After some reading and thinking, I draw the conclusion that I might have been playing too hard with him too before I put him into his usual nap. I was playing with him, and he laughed away cheekily before mummy said its nap time and put him into his hammock. He do not even have the time to wind down. The explanation is simple. The boy fight the urge to nap because he is still interested with what is going on around the house. The curious child afraid that if he naps, he will miss out something interesting.
Hence, lesson learn – No more active playing before nap or sleep time. A lot of resources suggesting reading books before nap time is a good way to wind down the baby. We have been reading to him before bedtime. I think it’s time to introduce a slot for reading before his nap time as well.