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Old 05-17-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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why my DS (10months old) suddenly decided over the last few weeks to throw a major meltdown fit after his afternoon nap. He gets up between 3 and 4 from his nap and literally follows me around, climbing all over me while he cries and fusses until his daddy gets home around 5:30. He's fine as soon as he sees his daddy. He crawls over and gives daddy a hug and talks (his own little language) for a few minutes then he wants down and follows me around fussing again until bedtime. I don't get it. I thought maybe he just needs Daddy, but he even does it some when Daddy is home. It's starting to drive me nuts He gets a snack and drink right after nap. I change him as soon as he wakes up. I play with him. Any ideas? I feel like I've tried almost everything. Today I couldn't take it anymore and put him back in his crib with a bottle after almost an hour of solid fussy "complaining" b/c I felt like I was going to burst into yelling. He laid in there and drank his bottle quietly and is now back to yelling and fussing...He's always been so peaceful and happy. Could I be missing something??

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Old 05-17-2012, 02:19 PM   #2
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have you heard of the witching hour? This is very very common for that time of day.

http://simplemom.net/how-to-bring-pe...witching-hour/
http://www.care.com/child-care-6-way...q10004533.html
http://simplekids.net/the-witching-h...single-parent/

not that any of those links are super helpful, but just to 'prove' that it's real and normal
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Those are pretty helpful links. I used to give ds a bath when this happened, but really doing anything will work. Ds always likes to play outside or go for a stroller ride. For my last month of pregnancy and this recovery period I've been relying heavily on Sesame Street.
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I've NEVER heard of that! Thanks for posting!!
Right after his nap is my "rush time" to get supper on the table typically. I think I'm going to try to start making supper while he's napping and get it to a point where it can be finished quickly once dh gets home. Maybe after his nap he just needs some snuggle time with me. Today I gave him a bottle and laid him in his crib and he drank it quietly and then started fussing again for about 10 min and after I posted this thread he got quiet and sat in there and talked and played with his eeyore (his lovey) for 1/2 hour. I went in and got him after that and he's been fine now since. He's been playing and happy.
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have you heard of the witching hour? This is very very common for that time of day.

http://simplemom.net/how-to-bring-pe...witching-hour/
http://www.care.com/child-care-6-way...q10004533.html
http://simplekids.net/the-witching-h...single-parent/

not that any of those links are super helpful, but just to 'prove' that it's real and normal
Yup - the witching hour. Its from 5:30 to 6:30 here.
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Ya you are not missing anything momma! Both of mine (19mo old) have been doing it for months. We kept their 4pm "milk and movie (My Baby Can Read)" WAY too long just because they were so unmanageable. Since the weather turned nice, I have been putting them outside. Now if it's raining, I start praying for strength before nap time even ends, lol!
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