But seriously, as much as I really do appreciate you replying to my thread about lack of naps, I have had about 12 months of fighting my child to sleep during the day and it's always the 'what your child should be doing...' information that really does my head in.
Up until DD was 9 months old, She was a 'textbook baby'. Her naps where like clockwork, 2 a day, she put herself to sleep, each nap about an 1.5 hrs. Then one day it just stopped for some reason and was never the same again. I fought her every single day for months and months. Went to sleep school, had my mum fly in from interstate several times to help me as I really wasn't coping, and at one point I thought I had PND, because I was a mess everyday. We were both miserable and it turned into a very traumatic thing for both of us, and started affecting our day together.
That was when she was transitioning to one nap, and she made that change at about 9 months old, so I always knew when she moved to no naps, she would be younger than the 'norm'. I promised myself that when that happened, I would follow her lead instead of imposing onto her what she was supposed to be doing.
Now that I've accepted that she doesn't sleep in the day, we are both so much happier. She isn't one of these whingy, tired babies. She has the energy and the happiness of a child who naps, and if you saw her at 4pm in the arvo, you would have no idea that she's been up since 7.30am (except for today because it's so hot and she's being a complete pain...).
I know there are so many studies on just about everything to do with kids, I just think it's difficult to pigeon hole every child into what they 'should' be doing. You have 18 month olds who only just started walking, you have some kids who don't speak til they're 3 and you have kids that drop day sleeps way before they're supposed to. I spent the better part of last year feeling like an inadequate, failure of a mother because my child didn't do what others did (ie. napping) and now that I've accepted that is just who she is, we're all a lot happier for it.
Again, I really do appreciate you posting. I wish I had one of those children who sleep like clockwork during the day. She just isn't one of them!