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    Default Trying to drop afternoon nap at 22 months ...

    I've heard it's common for toddlers around the age of 2 to try & drop the afternoon nap ... please tell me it's just a phase and she'll go back to napping reliably!!

    Today is the 2nd time in a week that she's refused sleep. We're up to an hour in her cot and she's just rolling around and talking to herself & playing. Usually she sleeps for 2.5 hours in the afternoon! She's not reliably sleeping well at night (still!!) and so I need that afternoon nap myself when I can manage it!

    My ds had afternoon naps til he was 3.5 years old and I was hoping my dd would nap til at least 4

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    They're all so individual with their naps, as my DD1 was still having day sleeps at 3.5/4 yrs as well and DD2 at 4 is still quite partial to a day nap, however my little 2.5 year old has in the last two months completely dropped all forms of day sleeping!
    Unless we're out and about in the car and she happens to fall asleep (usually the school runs), it doesn't look like she'll ever day sleep again.

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    My DD2 gave up her daytime sleep at 21 m/o. The only upside to this was that she was in bed most nights by 6.30pm and she slept through until anywhere btwn 7/7.30am. I found I had to be super organised with dinner almost ready to go by the time 4pm rolled around because that was when she totally fell apart and wanted Mummy. We had an early bath time of 4.30 and as long a stay in the bath as possible, books, dinner by around 5.30, then bed anywhere from 6 - 6.30.

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    DS stopped taking naps around 2 years old. He's now 2.5 and he's gone back to having 1 nap a day, usually quite late though. Like 3 sometimes 4!
    But sometimes I have noticed that he sleeps better or longer without an afternoon nap, so I am not so fussed.

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    My 27 month old has a day sleep at around 12.30 and sleeps for 1.5-2 hours. I hope this sticks around for awhile. She dropped from 2 to 1 sleeps at about 16 months.
    At daycare she doesnt tend to sleep during the day and oh boy do we pay for it in the afternoon.
    Maybe try changing the time you are putting her to bed?

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    Thanks everyone! Ironically she fell asleep a few minutes after I wrote this post ... she suddenly went quiet & I saw her still on the monitor and yep, she was asleep. I suppose it shows that I need to leave her in her cot to rest if she's happy enough. Hopefully she'll sleep better in the afternoons soon and keep sleeping til as close to 4 years as possible!!


 

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