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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 14:29 PM   1
pinkpolkadot
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Goodbye to naps already?


LO has been sleeping later in the mornings the last couple of weeks (yey) but it has been hard getting her to bed the last few days and she has been going quite late as she was not looking tired.

So today she napped for 5 min in the car just before lunch and then didn't take another nap (usually takes 1-2 hours after lunch) and seemed fine. She also went to bed at a reasonable time (7.45pm) and went right to sleep!

Is it time to say goodbye to naps or maybe it is just a hiccup, she seems too young?!



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 14:32 PM   2
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My DD starting fighting naps around the age your LO is now. She'd given up completely by 18 months. I bought her bed-time forward to compensate. Some unfortunately give up naps earlier than hours!



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 15:43 PM   3
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Does seem very young - my 2.5 year old is still napping but i think it is starting to go as sometimes he doesn't sleep. I am trying to keep it to get a break as i have a 5 month old aswell so i have kept the habit of him going to his room after lunch and he has some books and toys in his room. He plays for a while then he sleeps. There have been a couple of occasions recently when he plays for 1.5 hours then comes downstairs again.



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 16:13 PM   4
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I'd say you should try to keep the nap if you can, she does seem very young. All babies are different but from what I've read, most do better with a nap until about age 3, it helps to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone) and is good for their attention, concentration, learning, and overall behaviour.

I would say that the five minute snooze in the car was the culprit, Thomas definitely wouldn't settle to sleep for a nap if he even closed his eyes for 30 seconds in the car, it just took the edge off his tiredness and he couldn't switch off. Even though your LO managed well without the nap today, my guess is that she could easily become over-tired over a longer period of time.

You know your baby best though so you should go by her cues primarily.



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 16:36 PM   5
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I agree with polaris.



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 20:46 PM   6
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I agree to keeping the naps. My DS is two and still naps. But if we happen to be in the car close to nap time and he falls asleep he will not take a proper nap when we get home. So I'm thinking that's what happened to your daughter. We try not to be out around nap time and if we're close we put on the DVD in the car to distract him till we get home. I have a newborn and I need his nap time still!



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 00:50 AM   7
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I agree with the PPs. DS1 still naps most days and sleeps around 11 hours at night so 18 months seems a little young to drop naps.
If DS1 has 5 minutes in the buggy or car then that's it for the day. He won't necessarily show the effects the same day, but the day after he really suffers when he's missed a nap.



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 03:53 AM   8
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Lana gave up her nap at 16 months. It was a shock to me as my eldest napped until she was 4 and my middle one was 4.5 lol



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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 10:44 AM   9
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I think it depends on the child. Holly hasn't napped since she was around 20 months. I knew she was ready to give them up, when she wouldn't go to bed til 10pm if she'd napped (even a 30min nap would do this)! If she still went down at a reasonable time, then I think I would have persisted, despite it taking over an hour to make her nap in the first place.



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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 10:51 AM   10
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I think it depends on the child. Holly hasn't napped since she was around 20 months. I knew she was ready to give them up, when she wouldn't go to bed til 10pm if she'd napped (even a 30min nap would do this)! If she still went down at a reasonable time, then I think I would have persisted, despite it taking over an hour to make her nap in the first place.
This is exactly the same as us.

LO just would sleep if I let him nap at all. He would be bouncing around his cot at 11pm. He is tired during the day so if I let him he would sleep, but as long as I'm playing with him or keeping him busy he is happy enough.



 
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