My 2.5 year old toddler dropped his afternoon day nap about a month ago. The problem is he clearly still needs it, he is very grumpy and sleepy around 4 pm.
Up until a month ago he was a fantastic sleeper. He sleeps through the night (7 pm to 6 am) and used to nap for around 2 hrs, he would go down without a fight.
He sleeps in a toddler bed so I can't force him to stay in bed for his nap. I'm not a fan of letting him cry. I tried it twice and he just screamed for an hour when he was left in his bedroom. I tried to start "quiet time" where he just stays in bed and reads books but this does not work.
He becomes very anxious at the mention of a nap and repeats "no bed time" in a worried voice.
I am not a fan of co-sleeping so do not want to lie down in the bedroom with him. Plus I work full time and don't want his nanny doing this either.
Is there anything I can try or should I just accept he has outgrown his naps? Most of the toddlers I know napped until they were 3...