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Old Jun 3rd, 2018, 14:59 PM   1
krissie328
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Dropping naps?


When did your toddler/preschooler drop naps? What were some of the signs it was time?



 
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Old Jun 3rd, 2018, 15:46 PM   2
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She went to 1 nap at 9 months, she stopped napping every day at 18 months or so. By 2, she only napped in the car. She’s 2.5 now and only naps sporadically.

She goes to bed at 7pm and usually doesn’t wake up until 7:30am.



 
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Old Jun 3rd, 2018, 17:28 PM   3
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Wow.. my son is almost 4 and up until the last month or so took a 3 hour nap every day. Lately he's been fighting sleep (getting out of bed mostly) during nap and bed time..



 
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Old Jun 3rd, 2018, 20:22 PM   4
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My DD is 2.5 and still naps daily for about 1.5-2 hrs. We're in this weird zone where she can't actually manage without a nap, but she is able to fight the tired feeling to stay awake if she tries hard enough. There have been a day or two here and there where she didn't nap because we were travelling or something, but those days almost always end in disaster by bedtime so I don't think she's quite ready to drop her nap entirely. Today during her nap the dog barked and woke her up after about 1.5 hrs so not a short nap, but then she asked to go to bed 30 min before bedtime because she was tired, so I think she still needs the nap even though she can try to fight through the tiredness if she's sufficiently motivated. One thing that has helped me get her to go to sleep better at nap time is telling her what we are doing in the afternoon, but that we can't do it unless she has a sleep first. So then she is excited to go to the park/pool/friend's house/etc and goes to sleep quickly.



 
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Old Jun 4th, 2018, 03:03 AM   5
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DS has just turned three and can’t get through the day without a nap but if he naps he doesn’t wake himself and if I wake him after less than two hours he is hell on Earth but he fights his sleep and isn’t napping till 3pm so waking at 5pm and then not wanting to go to bed at his usual time and dragging bedtime out till 8:30! It’s impossible to get him to nap earlier because he’s just not tired enough to sleep and a shorter nap makes him worse than on the occasions he does manage no nap at all. We are trying to introduce quiet time in the afternoons instead of nap time where we let him watch tv for an hour and read books together but he’s still struggling to make it to bedtime and often falls asleep by 5:30 which means he wakes up even earlier than usual.



 
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Old Jun 4th, 2018, 06:57 AM   6
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DS was three in March, he hasn't had a day time nap at home in a while but will still nap if I drive anytime after 1pm.

If he does have a nap he gives me hell going to bed!



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Old Jun 4th, 2018, 16:18 PM   7
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Freya is just over two and still naps. She gets up between 6.30-7am and goes in her buggy for a nap around 11.45. She naps typically for two hours although she has a cold hanging around her atm so I’ve been waking her after 3 hours. She goes to bed about 7.30.

Right now her naps are more for everyone’s sake than just hers. My 6 month old only has a decent afternoon nap if she’s sleeping.



 
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Old Jun 4th, 2018, 20:05 PM   8
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Thomas dropped nap #2 at 11 months, and mostly stopped napping somewhere around 20 months.

I think Sophie dropped nap #2 at 15 months and stopped napping around 24 months unless in a car etc.

Emma is 22 months and has 1-2 naps a day depending on how the night has gone. I can see her taking a day nap for at least another year.



 
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Old Jun 4th, 2018, 20:34 PM   9
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If I didn't help my toddler to sleep he would have dropped all naps a long time ago; well before 2.
He's 3 next week and no scenario seems to work. No nap and he's cranky, has a nap and not sleepy at bedtime. And depending on the day or how his night was will effect how a nap/no nap scenario plays out.

He's never liked sleeping so I just make the call. But, I knew he was ready to start dropping his last nap when he simply wasn't tired enough to fall asleep (usually a cuddle with me in a chair).

So we're in a bit of a hellish transition stage right now, but it won't last forever (like his terrible twos right?....right?).



 
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Old Jun 4th, 2018, 20:51 PM   10
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Thanks for all the feedback. I'm still unsure but I'm leaning towards dropping his nap. He can usually make it to bedtime decently and falls asleep better without a nap. His dad doesn't want to give up naps because the couple hours of quiet is nice. So I am thinking of implementing a quiet hour.

Treeroot- two was so easy with my son. Three and coming in four have been challenging.

Looks like your age gap is gonna be the same as my kids. It's been so lovely.



 
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