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  1. #1
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    Jan 2010

    Default 2.5yr toddler nap. Wanting to stop as we can't get him to bed until very late.

    My child started not napping everyday a couple on months ago and would maybe have one every second day then a couple of times a week. Too actually get him to sleep it takes about 35mins -hour.
    Lately if he has a nap his bedtime of 8pm turns into him still being awake at 930!
    I feel like he benefits from occasional nap but loses so many hours night time sleep if he does that I can't win.
    If he goes to sleep late he still gets up at same time if not earlier.
    He has always been a crap sleeper so I'm no stranger to sleep research and info and have always believed sleep begets sleep, although regardless my son has had his issues.
    I suppose I'm feeling guilty about going without a nap for him as I am aware of the need for children to nap and its importance but it's just not working here
    He gets less sleep hours In total with a nap then if we just do earlier bedtime and no nap.
    Anyone has similar experience or advice.
    Thank you

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    I feel with my youngest he *needs* afternoon naps, he is.... 2 months off turning 3. He can go without BUT he gets really grumpy. Depending on whats planned for the day/night is how I normally deal with it.

    If Im really tired and he is really grumpy and nothing is planned, I will take him for a sleep and just deal with him staying up late. I dont go to be til close to midnight so thats not a problem BUT it just means less 'me' time. I just put a movie on for him at his normal bed time and he goes to sleep after the movie. He never sleeps in when he goes to bed later, so the next day its the same thing. Most of the time with school drop off/pick ups, he will have a short nap in the car and I find that is enough most days to get him through without too much hassle.

    I guess it depends on what your willing to put up with. Later nights or grumpier child. I neverr liked the idea of keeping them up later but I found it really has helped us because its not a huge drama at bed times anymore if Im willing to sacrifice a little down time at night.

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    My son stopped day naps at around the same age, for the exact same reasons. It was taking forever to get him to have a nap anyway, and then he'd be up till after 9. Eventually I stopped trying to get him to go down, and he was fine. They don't need a day nap at 2.5 unless they want one

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    I have a similar dilemma with 3yo dd. If she naps its for 2h and she goes to sleep 9.30-10. No nap means sleep 8-8.30 but very cranky and tired around 4pm and i have to try very hard to keep her awake or she will doze off when i am preparing dinner. I usually opt for her to have a nap cos at least i can get stuff done in arvo and dh is home to help deal with night time.


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