How many 2yo are still napping during the day?

Heather - posted on 06/11/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 on June 20. Up until about 2 weeks or so ago we have had no problems with him taking a 2hr nap during the day and then going to bed between 7 and 8 pm. However he started fighting his nap every day and fighting sleep every night. Anyone else had this problem? Today he only napped for about 20-30 mins in the car and then had no problem going to sleep, I'm confused. Also he is baby #2 for us and I am currently pregnant with baby#3 due in October. Just wondering if this could be a mitigating circumstance.

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Katy - posted on 08/28/2010

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our daughter is 2 and has stopped taking naps. she sleeps about 12 hours a night, and now not even the daycare can get her to take a little nap! the only place she might crash during the day is on long road trips in her car seat.

Kimmie - posted on 08/26/2010

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My son turned two in June and takes a two hour nap but does fight it sometimes it's typical for kids to do that but once he is out he is out and goes to bed at 9 and wakes up at 7. If he doesn't take his nap I just lay him down at 8

Kathy - posted on 08/24/2010

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DD still naps during the day. your pregnancy could be a factor; i would still continue to put him down for a nap. if he's acting tired before nap but then fighting it, it's just a phase so keep putting him down. if he's not tired before nap and this has been going on for more than a week, then push nap out by 30mins and then put him to bed 15-20mins later

Siti - posted on 08/11/2010

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I think the trick here is consistency .. My 2 yr old will sleep at about 12pm+ for about 3 hrs. Even if she is not ready, i wld get her to her napping place and read or smthg til she sleeps. at nite, she sleeps at about 10pm all d way til about 7 am. again, it's conditioning. at 9.30pm, we would go into d bedroom n close d door. even if she cant sleep, i wont open d door. toys are not allowed at d sleeping area cos i dont want her to be playing when she's supposed to be sleeping.

Giovanna - posted on 08/11/2010

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My daughter is 25 months old and her naps depends of how much activity she had each day, with more activity she will nap, but not longer than 1 hour. She always goes to bed at 8 30 for more than 10 hours.
These days she is not napping but she ask to go to bed early, like 7.

Rebecca - posted on 08/05/2010

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My daughter turned 2 on June 26 and she still take napes during the day! The time varys sometimes depending on when she wakes up since Im not currently working she and I both sleep in a bit so that throws it off a bit. She loves her naps if she could sleep all day I think she would like this morning I had to wake her up at 11:20am... I couldnt belive she slept that long!

Heather - posted on 08/04/2010

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My son naps great at school. We struggle on the weekends because of the hectic schedules and different people watching him. If I work on Saturday he usually doesn't take a nap anymore. I have to battle him at naptime most days and I have just started losing patience. Last Sunday he fell asleep on the way home from Church and magically stayed asleep when I brought him in. I'm going to start quiet time and try to fill his morning this Saturday. He still goes to bed at 9:30 whether he naps or not. Seems to sleep later in the morning if he napped the day before.

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2010

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i was just as confused when our son decided to stop going to sleep at 8pm and will stay awake till 10pm when we moved 8 months ago. he has always napped and still does. he will sleep for 3 hours midday if i let him and still sleep 10-12 hours/night. however, some days if his nap is short or he misses his nap altogether he will wake up an hour or two after we put him to bed! i believe this is due to not getting a full nap and his body thinks that this is nap time. as frustrating as it can be as long as he is getting between 12 and 15 hours a day of sleep there is nothing to worry about.

Ami - posted on 08/03/2010

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My son was 2 in June. He is on a pretty strick schedule, too. I dont think that your being prego again has anything to do with the napping situation at all. Personal opinion, of course.

Right around the time my son turned 2 he changed his night time routine. Instead of going to bed at 7:30 or 8, he goes to bed at 8:30 or 9 now. He still takes a 2 hour nap during the day, everyday. I make sure he is well fed before trying, if not he will wake up and not go back for the rest of the day.

I hate to sound like a parrot, but it really is about consistency. I had to train my son to take those naps and follow his schedule... of course I followed his cues for needs, also. Some days it took a lot of patience, that I really didn't have. But I had to train him for my own sanity. I need that break during the day, too, and I'm not ashamed to admit that.

Perhaps, he is getting too much sleep at night. I would much rather my son go to bed earlier, so I can relax some too. BUT, since he has turned into a toddler, an aggressive one at that =) Ive had to choose my battles. I just do what I need to do around the house and he follows me or his father around and we discuss what we are doing with him. Its great for his vocabulary and teaches him how to communicate with us.

Based on the cues you stated your child is giving, He doesn't want or need to go to bed that early anymore. Which in turn is effecting his daytime nap.

Good luck and I hope it gets better.

Brenda - posted on 08/03/2010

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My 'just turned 2 year old' daughter still hs a day sleep. She was having 2 three hour sleeps a day but a few months ago we dropped the second sleep and now she has one 3 - 4 hour sleep. She goes to bed at 7.30 - 8 and wakes around 7 am. Then sleeps at 11 till two or three.
She is fine through the day if we are out and she doesnt get a sleep but those days means she is not as settled at night.

Sharan - posted on 08/02/2010

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Mine is 2 and still naps for about 2 hours during the day and goes to bed ok, he is actually worse at night if he has no nap and wakes up screaming, so he still needs it, he does not settle that quickly and chats and plays then goes off when he is ready.

Jessica - posted on 07/31/2010

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my daughter still takes a nap, sometimes it's an hour and a half, sometimes its 2 hours. all 3 of my kids are on a pretty strict schedule my oldest is 4, then 2, then 7 months. my 4 year old stopped taking a nap when he turned 3, and the baby naps pretty much when she wants. they wake up at 6 am, breakfast at 6:30, snack at 9:30, my 2 year old takes a nap at 10 and normally sleeps until 12. lunch right after that. another snack at 3, dinner at 5:30, bath at 6:30 and bed at 7.

Kristen - posted on 07/30/2010

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my son is going thru a horrible no nappin phase...he is like scared of his crib in the afternoon...he used to nap like a champ...
he is also going to bed late and wakin to early crying...so it all kind of stinks...hope it changes for me 2!!
keep us posted...

Chrissy - posted on 07/29/2010

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My son who turned 2 on da 8th of June sometimes takes naps and others times doesnt, yes he does fight it alot but even if he does take a nap during da day he always his his same bed time, which I was able to stablize after about a week of doing so and such, and now he goes to sleep at 10pm wit no problems but sometimes takes a nap, depending on what is going on that day

Rosanne - posted on 07/29/2010

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My daughter gave up napping about about 22 months. I was sad to see them go but it's been a blessing, she sleeps for at least 11-12 hours a night anyway and with the nap in the afternoon getting her to go to bed was a nightmare! Since she gave them up, come 8pm she's out like a light.

Alicia - posted on 07/27/2010

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My little one goes down for about an hour in the afternoon after lunch. She goes down for bed about 8:45 & will wake up around 8 a.m. I think every kid is different though.

Angela - posted on 07/27/2010

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babies stop napping at different times.. I also found that when my son was going through a milestone jump... speaking or understanding more... he would sleep less. Also my son had ear infections I did not know about for a while and he would not sleep at all because it hurt. I woud check with the pediatrician to rule out medical issues. good luck with this baby and the next

Carrie-Ann - posted on 07/20/2010

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my daughter turned 2 last month and just reciently had a few week span of no npas but luckily the past week she seems to be getting back into it...

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My daughter who just turned two last month started giving us the same issue at about that age...my advice? Continue with the same routine! She still takes a two hour nap in the afternoon and sleeps from about 8pm to 9am. Mind you, we put her in bed by 8pm but she babbles for a while!

Sophia - posted on 07/15/2010

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I have three children, and one on the way. I am due in august so I try to keep our twenty four month old on a daily schedule for a nap so that when this baby comes she will have gotten use to the routine. I use to get up and fix them all breakfast,(dad does it all right now) and then let them play for a while. After they've played for a couple of hours I lay them down for a nap by that time it's about eleven-thirty in the morning. I wake her sometimes within thirty minutes, sometimes an hour. My oldest two usually wake up after thirty minutes or less, anyway. I try to have them in the bed by at least eight or eight-thirty, but if she takes more than one nap she gets thrown off her schedule and she starts to act the same way you say your toddler does. Like if we go out I try to make sure we are back home by a certain time of the day so she can take a nap at home where she will be more relaxed. Sleeping in the car is harder for them because they don't get to fully relax. If she sleeps too long she will not go to bed at night, unless I lay down with her. I guess that's just a stage they all go through that we have to help them adjust to. It's really crazy sometimes. Because I have to repeatedly make her get back into bed some nights. It'll get better though.

Caroline - posted on 07/14/2010

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hi, my daughter was 2 last mth and she still has her naps durin the day, generally around 1, i fill her morning with activities so that she sleeps while i get some decent study in. sometimes children play up before a new baby is born, hopefully its jst a phase. my daughter does go through phases of fighting me on everything, its all part of finding their personality and how far they can push you so may not necessarily be about the sleeping.

Serene - posted on 07/09/2010

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Seems like since my daughter has been born my 2 year old son is being resistent on going to bed at night. I've been trying to get him to lay down at 8pm and he'll end up fighting his sleep until 10 or 1030 pm> LMAO I was all for the naps and now, I've changed my mind. I keep my son up all day so that he'll go to bed early and when he goes to daycare i tell his teachers to try to keep him up and if he does fall asleep hes only allowd to sleep for a hour. I'm hoping that this works for us and he starts going to bed earlier.

Nomagugu - posted on 07/07/2010

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My baby turnrd 2 on the 20th of june and she does take a nap during the day for about 30-50mins and she goes to bed at 9pm and still sleeps throught he night..

Diana - posted on 07/06/2010

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My oldest did exactly the same at about 18 months, when I was pregnant with her younger sister. For her, it was a combination of a power struggle and a recent overseas move that had us living in a one bedroom hotel room for a month! I was so tired anyway that I'd take lots of naps with her, but since that's probably not an option, just do your best with at least getting a "rest time". At 2, I'm sure he physically needs the sleep, but his stubborn brain doesn't want it! Maybe find him a special book or quiet toy that's only for bed and naptime and let that lure him into bed?

Jelena - posted on 07/06/2010

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My son is not a big fan of sleep and he never was. He always slept less than his friends.
Now, he sleep 10 hours per night and 1 hour during the day. That's all and this is his schedule for at least 7-8 months.

Jawaka - posted on 06/21/2010

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My son turned 2 6/2 and is an avid napper...lol. He takes a morning nap around 10ish and I have to wake him at noon, we play and have lunch and then he is exhausted by 3 and lays down until about 4:30(the rest of the family gets in about this time). And he will still lay down by 9:30 every night(any later and he is really cranky and all over the place) and wake about 6-7, depending on the morning noise level.

Lynette - posted on 06/18/2010

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hi i think my son is a bit different. he goes down for his nap after a big earlie lunch at 11 and then wakes from his day nap at around 3 or 4 and then we are back to bed by 6pm and he sleeps right through to 7am.

But both my older girls had out grown a day nap by 18mth, so all kids are differnt and i would recomend justgoing with the flow, and maybe the days you are having trouble getting him to sleep but on a dvd and tell him itsquiet time and give him a pillow and blanket and you might find he may drift of to sleep.

Chrissy - posted on 06/18/2010

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my girl is number 2 and im due with number 3 in august she will be 2 on 24th june she was good with sleeps untill she went in to a bed now we put her up for a nap but its hit or miss as to if she sleeps or not and at bed time she can take up to 2 hours to go to sleep (i have to sit out side her room untill she nods off) and is back up at 5am its killing me im no good with out sleep

Suzanne - posted on 06/17/2010

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My little girl turned 2 on the 5th. She has never been a great sleeper, but even if she gets 12 hours, really needs that afternoon 2 hour+ nap. If not she is whinie, cranky and totally unbearable, has full blown tantrums, over small things. We keep her on a strict routine because of her crankiness. In fact, while she can climb in and out of her crib on her own without incident, because she has gross motor skills of a three year old, we keep her in it, because she feels so secure with it. So, to answer your question, I am not pushing her into anything outside her normal routine. My oldest is three and a half and just stopped taking naps on a regular basis about 2 months ago. I don't feel there is any rush for stopping the naps. Let them dictate if they need a nap. Their behavior will speak volumnes regarding what they need. Good luck to you!!

Veronica - posted on 06/17/2010

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no they go through stages like that my little girl just turned 2 june 3rd and she no longer takes a nap during the day and goes down around 6 or 7 and sleeps through the night.. its probably that he is just out growing the naps both my kids have gone through this stage my boy is four and the only time he naps is when school is in otherwise summertime when he is home it is rarely a chance he will nap

Heather - posted on 06/14/2010

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Thanks for all the info and input. We are trying to keep this nap thing going untill the new baby is here. We have a very consistent schedule as I am a SAHM and I make sure we are consistent for my sanity, LOL. He has stopped fighting a little but I am also cutting him back to no more than 1 1/2 hrs and he seems to be getting to sleep a little better at night. Thanks again Momma's!

Destinnie - posted on 06/14/2010

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Well, my baby's sleep schedule is very abnormal only because i work nights and he goes to a 24 hour daycare. He takes a nap before he goes to school and then she tries to keep him up because i get off at 1130 and she wants him to sleep for me at home. If he does go to sleep there, then he's up til about 2 in the am

Olivia - posted on 06/14/2010

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He just turned 2, 2 days ago and we still take 1,5- 2 hr nap so far and down at 20h30 normally, but the excitement of the Soccer World Cup got him too, so we go down a bit later at night... Not to worried, he sleep a bit later in the morning....yippie

Melissa - posted on 06/12/2010

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well he does need his nap. he needs between one to two naps a day. although it was hell getting my daughter to bed b/c she took another nap when we got home from the flea market she was asleep there for bout an hr or 2 then we left went to the store went home & she slept til 6ish. when my daughter fights her nap & boy does she fight but i dont give in i make her take her nap. but she does good usually sleeps 2 to 3 hrs

Nicole Clarice - posted on 06/12/2010

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My 2 year old daughter still takes a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoons, but she has never slept well at night, still wakes up 1-3 times. She is medically fragile though, so her schedule is not standard.

Serene - posted on 06/12/2010

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My son takes about 1 hr or 2 1'2 hr nap every day and if he doesn't nap then he'll find something to do that will get him into trouble, so he has no choice but to nap.

Courtney - posted on 06/12/2010

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I have found with my 2 year old born the 30 of June that when he has a nap two things happen. a. Easy to put down at night b. no night terrors. He needs hes sleep. He gets over tired and becomes difficult. Good luck.

Janice - posted on 06/12/2010

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My B/G twins just turned 2 on the 9th & we still do naps. We try stick with a routine. We have lunch & then lay down for a nap. Since they're in their own rooms I put a gate across the door so there is no escape! hehee My rule is you don't have to go to sleep but you do have to lay down & be quiet. Sometimes we watch OomiZoomi to wind down. It could be your son is just outgrowing a nap.But if your schedule is inconsistent plus a new baby he might be a little frazzled.

Crystal - posted on 06/11/2010

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mine sleeps for about 12 hours at night, and then sometimes takes about an hour nap during the day.

Bethanie - posted on 06/11/2010

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My son still takes one 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon and goes to bed at night by 8-8:30. He is a bear if he doesn't get sufficient rest!

Liz - posted on 06/11/2010

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My b/g twins just turned two on the 8th of this month. They used to take two naps a day, now we're lucky if they take one nap, but if they do nap it's an afternoon nap now so they go to bed a little later. I'm due with number three in July.

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