So, DS is almost 2 and for the most part, has always been a good sleeper. He even transitioned seamlessly into his big boy bed without issue almost a month ago, which surprised the hell out of us. He normally sleeps about 8:30-8ish and naps from around 1-3ish, give or take. Sometimes he'll go down a little earlier...but still will nap for at least 1 1/2-2 hrs.
However lately, he's been intermittently fighting me tooth and fucking nail on naptime. Most of the time, if we're out somewhere, he'll fall asleep in the car and I can transfer him to his bed and he will nap fine. However today, he briefly fell asleep in the car and woke back up, so I got him inside, fed him some lunch and put him down for his nap.
Well, He's been fucking screaming bloody murder, hopping out of bed and pacing around his room, banging on the door (I have the monitor hooked up to keep watch), throwing an all out fit. I've gone in several times, to put him back in bed, tuck him in, reiterate that its naptime, rub his back for a minute and leave the room, only for him to rinse and repeat. He did have his hands shoved in his mouth and he's drooling a ton, so I even gave him some Tylenol and a teething tablet to try to settle him down. No dice. I feel like he knows damn well that he's playing me and succeeding, bc as soon as I walk in his room, he quiets down and within a minute of me sitting by his bedside, he's grabbing at me, babbling away like its time to play.
This last time I went in, I got a few books, read a quick one with him, and told him to lay back down. He got back up so I just said, its quiet time, you need to relax for a bit and I left the room. Of course hes out bed again yelling his ass off. Wtf, kid. I just need a break.
So...tell me, Parenting. How do you handle nap refusal? On days my kid doesnt nap, hes a GD hot mess by dinner time.. so I know he needs it.