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Strange fixations on toys?
My 18 month son is very social and usually very active.  The past couple days, though, even though he is still very social and usually active, he has become fixated on an object and will literally spend half and hour or an hour messing with it.  Yesterday, he played with a chapter book, flipping the pages for an hour (hubby and I were also watching TV, so I'm sure that helped in keeping him still, although most of the time he just looked at the book.)

We went to the doctor today and he spent about 20 minutes playing with a bead toy while I talked to the doctor.  She didn't seem it was strange, but I didn't mention it because I hadn't seen a pattern yet.  He isn't easily distracted when he's doing this with other toys or objects.

Now he's sitting in his bedroom looking at books again (maybe I should be really happy!)  He's been in there, silent, for over half an hour, happy to just look through books. And he's really happy, too, taking crayons or pencils out of a box and putting them back in, rinse and repeat. :)

He's also been refusing to sleep - especially any naps, and he used to take 2 - 2 hour naps a day - he loves to sleep, usually!

Should I be worried about this new behavior?  Maybe I should just be happy that he's enjoying books.  Has anyone else experienced this?  
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stellardreams81 From: stellardreams81 Date: September 19th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe if it's for a long period of time....
(Autism or OCD)
misssavie From: misssavie Date: September 19th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Kaitlyn does the same thing. She likes to sit in her room and look at her books for a long time. Or play with her Little People. Or color. She loves to color! But if she's with her brother, it's GO GO GO!

K also had her 18 month check up recently. She had to have 4 shots! She's in the 75th % for everything. A little one compared to her brother!!! He's always been 95th and higher!

K only takes 1 nap and she doesn't always want to go down for that. There's too many new and interesting things to play with and learn. Just keep putting him down. He needs a nap and he'll get back into the pattern of taking one. Maybe only one, but at least he gets that. If he gets too fussy at night, put him to bed earlier at night. Fussy and/or punch drunk...you know...when they are just too silly happy.
cmarie14 From: cmarie14 Date: September 19th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
He spends his nap pulling things off the walls and opening the curtains. I've resorted to moving his crib into the middle of his room. :P

He fell asleep on the way home from the doctor at 11 - I know he was tired, but he was too hungry once I woke him up bringing him in. After eating, I put him down for a nap, but in the hour and a half he was in there he may have only slept 15 minutes or so. But he wasn't crying or screaming, so I let him have "quiet time." If he goes down on time, he still takes two, easily. But you may be right, he's probably switching to one nap. :(
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