need help with naps

Aleeta - posted on 12/18/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 21 months old, and has always been a great sleeper. This last 2 weeks have been extremely challenging to try and get him to nap. He normally naps from 1 pm until about 3 or 4 pm. For some reason this week he just wont sleep. I haven't changed anything, we still have all the same routines we normally do. Any tips or suggestions? I leave him in his crib for an hour to an hour and a half because he never cries, just talks to himself and he still won't sleep. I have a baby on the way so am REALLY hoping this isn't the end of naptime.

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Renae - posted on 12/21/2010

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PS - sorry cant believe I forgot this part -

At around the 2-3 years mark, physical stimulation becomes very important. To put it simply, they have energy to burn. Make sure he is getting time outside to run around, climb, jump, ride etc. I often find that babies who stop napping early just needed to wear themselves out a bit more - not always the case, but often. I am just coming up to this stage with my own baby and have just bought a climbing frame, swing set and tricycle. Otherwise we go to a friends house from my mums group and let them run around the backyard together. After they are about 4 or 5, mental stimulation will wear them out more than physical activity, but this young age is a very physical stage.

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Jess - posted on 01/01/2011

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no this only the end of naptime if you say it is. i suggest sitting in this room and telling him to lay down or put his head down until he falls asleep. do this for a few weeks and you wont have to anymore. my little girl is doing the same thing. they need their sleep!

Meghan - posted on 12/27/2010

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My son does that some days. I think it might be the beginning of the end of naps too. But luckily, some days he does sleep. He is similar to you, he goes down after lunch 12/12:30 and sleeps until about 3. But if we are out somewhere, he wont nap at other people's houses, no matter how tired he is.

Some days, he just plays in his room for a while and then falls asleep for maybe an hour. I don't think its as important how long they are actually sleeping, as long as they are getting some down time, and you are getting a break. Keep putting him in there, and if he sleeps, he sleeps, if not, just let him have some down time and quiet play. Maybe that's all he needs now.

One thing I have found, and I know its not the best thing to do, is that if we are out in the morning, he will fall asleep on the ride home, and then I can move him to his bed and he is more likely to take a regular nap. But if we are home and I put him in bed awake, he wont fall asleep as fast.

S - posted on 12/26/2010

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That's what ours does sometimes, talks for an hr. Then he usually passes out. I think the naps should come back. Sounds frustrating.

Carmen - posted on 12/21/2010

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Hey Aleeta, it's normal. My daughter did the same thing and now my baby son also. Sometimes he goes from 6am to 5 pm without a nap. Count your lucky stars that you can put him in his bed for 1 1/2 hours without him crying and just slowing down for a while. That I can't do with Nikki. When he is on the go, he is on the go, non stop, no lying in bed talking to himself but busy, busy, busy. Just keep the routine with putting him in bed at nap time, even if he does not sleep. If you don't get stressed about it, he might just humor you and carry on having 'quiet' time without actually sleeping. Nothing wrong with that I'd say. It still gives you a break.

Renae - posted on 12/21/2010

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He is young to stop napping, but it is possible. Continue to put him to bed and leave him there for one hour, even if he doesn't sleep, the downtime will do him good. Has he recently started getting up at a different time in the morning? For most young toddlers the perfect amount of time to be awake in the morning so that it is easy to fall asleep at nap time is 6 hours.

Brandi - posted on 12/19/2010

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My 21 mo. is doing the samething. There are some days when he does take naps for about 1 or 2 hours, then there are some days when he just plain refuses.

Katherine - posted on 12/19/2010

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Uh oh...it might be the end of nap time. I hate to say it. My oldest gave up naps at 12mo.


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