Twin Boys Age 21/2 years old
Sarah - posted on 12/13/2015
An overtired child or children will not sleep well. It does seem like if you keep them up they will sleep more at not. In reality sleep begets more sleep.
A typical schedule for my kids at 2.5 would have been something like this:
7am wake up and get dressed
8-10:30 play, errands, library, a snack in there around 9,
11:30 books and snuggles and time for nap
2:30 snack, play time, outside, with dad or with mom (they also got a video during this time so I could cook)
5:30 quiet play,
6 bath, snack or milk
6:15 teeth brushed
6:30 snuggles and books
7 night night
Now, like Dove said, my kids all started to quit napping around 2.5, one day they'd nap then skip a day or two and then have a nap again. When they stopped napping they were often ready for bed as early as 5:30 or 6, so I'd feed them early and put them down. It put a huge crimp in socializing, even with our parents, but if I brought pjs I could get them down and then transfer them home, sometimes. If my kids were still awake past naptime, I'd let it go and if they did fall asleep, I limited the nap t o30 minutes. Letting a 2.5 year old sleep at 3/4 in the afternoon, will keep them awake until 9 or 10.
Dove - posted on 12/13/2015
My twin girls would have quit napping right at 2, but I was not ready to give up that 'break'... so I resorted to driving them to sleep EVERY day for 6 months (because I could not get them to fall asleep at home and all we did was battle). Finally I got tired of wasting the gas, so we just quit nap time and bedtime was bumped up.
I can't remember bedtime details since it's been so long ago (they are 14 now).
Kimberly Kaye - posted on 12/13/2015
Night and nap's I'm so off schedule they stay up half the night. I'm sure it's me letting them nap late. I just take advantage when they are sleeping, then I pay for it at night trying to get them to go to sleep. Thank you for your help
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