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Why is my 2 year old clingy and tearful after her nap?

  1. Shawna Van Trease profile image59
    Shawna Van Treaseposted 6 years ago

    Why is my 2 year old clingy and tearful after her nap?

    We entered this new phase within the last month or so where she often wakes from her nap crying and needy. I saw this happen with a friend's 2 year old as well.

  2. Moms-Secret profile image84
    Moms-Secretposted 6 years ago

    maybe bad dreams???
    Even cute little monsters can be scary at this age.  Have they been introduced to something new?

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    win-winresourcesposted 6 years ago

    Hi Shawna-

    Waking up for everyone, but particularly for little ones,  is a transition period when not everything is making sense.  Order has not yet been re-established and can be scary.  What better place to put things back in place than in your arms.


  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    My older daughter did the same thing.  I was so excited when she went down for a nap and I had a moment to regroup.  But I dreaded when she woke up because she would have a horrible crying jag that seemed to go on forever.  She outgrew it - that and naps actually. 

    I wonder if as toddlers, they just wake up in the wrong phase of sleep.  I would just hold and soothe my daughter and after a few minutes try to distract her with TV, or a snack or just about anything to stop that crying!  LOL I truly miss those days.