Naptimes for 2 year olds?

User - posted on 02/21/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a daughter who's not quite 2 1/2 yet, and I was just wondering when your toddlers gave up naptimes? She *seems* content during the day (actually, today was the first day she went without a nap..), and went to bed at 8pm without a fight! That's the earliest she's been to bed since the beginning of January. But, if I do get her down for a nap (not going to lie...sometimes it's a fight), she usually naps for 45-90 minutes. I'm on the fence about naptimes lately. And to top it off, I'm 26 weeks pregnant with our second baby, and I don't like fighting with her all the time. TIA!

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Medic - posted on 02/21/2012

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Both my 2 year old and 5 year old nap. I guess they are like me, they can sleep 12-14 hours at night and the younger one will sleep about 2-3 hours in the afternoon and the older one will do about 1-1.5 hours.

Michelle - posted on 02/21/2012

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My daughter is not content during the day if she does not nap, Naps are always a fight as she will inform me that it is not dark out so she doesn't need to sleep. Or that she is not cranky now so should be allowed to stay up. I swear she has every excuse and stall tactic her brother ever tried memorized as she uses them all. However I always win the fight and she does nap for almost 3 hours at a stretch or she is miserable.

Stifler's - posted on 02/21/2012

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My kid is NOT content during the day but still won't have a nap. I have been fighting him the last week to have one. Then some days he surprises me and has a 3 hour nap.

Carolyn - posted on 02/21/2012

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All children are different. My oldest is now 12 and didn't like naps and if he took them he wanted to stay up until all hours of the night. My youngest is now 7 and he still enjoys a nap on the weekends and writes in his journal for school that he wishes he could curl up on his desk for a rest.

Basically I always went with the rule that there is no rule on naps....if they need them let them sleep and if they don't need one then let them stay up. On days when you are going to be out all day at a park plan time for a nap, on rainy days when you're not doing much don't worry if they're not tired. Hope it helps!

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