My 14 month old suddenly will not take any naps durning the day.

Christy - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My 14 month old suddenly will not take any naps durning the day. When he figures out that I am trying to get him to go to sleep he starts wailing. He usually goes to bed really well at night and used to for naps. He now is only taking one nap at 2:00pm and as I said he is refusing the nap anyone have any ideas?

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Steph - posted on 12/05/2013

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My 14 month old is avoiding naps too, then crashes in the carseat at 5:30 on the way home from daycare and wants to nap until sometimes 7:00. He's then been going to bed closer to 10 pm than his usual 8:00 or 8:30 time. And his nighttime sleep is VERY restless - leaving him in his crib is next to impossible so he ends up in bed with us and just tosses and turns most of the night. This has only been going on for a few days, but I'm already tired of it! He has recently started walking - still pretty unstead and trying to "master" it and I've heard when they are learning new things, this often disrupts their sleep patterns, so I am hoping it will get better soon. He does not seem to be in pain from his teeth, but I have also noticed is chewing alot lately... he has all 8 on in the front on top and bottom and has all four of his back ones in already... is it possible he's working on more??

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Quoting elizabeth:

My 3 year old still naps for about two hours! We get up at 630 am and play and then we settle at130 and off she goes to sleep land! And nigth time is fine too!



that is awesome .. thank your lucky stars that he/she still naps !! i hope i get that too

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Angela - posted on 11/26/2009

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My daughter never napped very well, so now that I know she is so much more active and needs the extra rest to keep from being so cranky I have come up with a reward system to help her decide to take a rest. It is anything from going to the park and running off some energy, to helping me in the kitchen (she loves to help make things) or playing a game or getting to watch one of her movies. I have kind of turned it into being her idea to get the rest. I also added a cd player to her room with some age approp. music. Since she loves music and loves to dance she doesn't seem to mind it. I also don't hold her down to a specific nap time there is a block of time in the afternoon that nap time could occur when she goes down all depends on how active she has been in the morning.

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i have two boys 2 and 1, my little one still needs 2 shorter naps a day like an hour or so at 11 and then again at 230 or 3.. my two year old needs that rest time at 230 also.. i try to put them up the same time in the pm, my 1 yr old will sleep but i see how the 2 yr old is doing during each day, if i feel he needs it i will put him up with the 1 yr old, if i need a break and he needs just quiet time i'll let hiim watch spongebob movie lol.. as he will literally lay on the couch and not move till its over so i still get some rest during th day, i lay on the other couch while hes watching, so it works for everyone, sometimes the 2 yr old will want to go up with 1 yr old to sleep too so i do that when i can.. but i dont force it too much b/c he will just be calm and sometimes ask for snack while watching which is ok with me as long as i get a lil downtime from both.. so it depends on your kids and what you want too

Mary - posted on 11/20/2009

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My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter is still going down for a nap in the afternoon. I let her pick a "baby" to sleep with then lay down with her til she falls asleep. It usually takes less than 5 minutes but sometimes it's a little longer.

Marie - posted on 11/20/2009

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my 19 month old used to have a long nap in the aftanoon and then go to bed at 9.00 this was when he was yonger now at 19 months his habbit have changed he is more active and more curiouse during the day so dosn't have a nap in the aftanoon any more but he has decided that his bet time is 7.30-8.00 so i think it's a normal fase, but before all this happened i used to put him in his cot and put some teddies in the so he played himself to sleep after 30 mins

Julie - posted on 11/20/2009

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Don't fight it. Take this opportunity to spend some quiet time with your child, and enjoy the rest for yourself too. Everyone needs some special time especially with those we love the most. Your child is growing up and is becoming aware of the world, kids are naturally inquisitive, some think if they go to sleep they're going to miss something. And just as as you get yourself into a new routine, be prepared for it all to change again. lol.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/20/2009

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My 3 year old still naps for about two hours! We get up at 630 am and play and then we settle at130 and off she goes to sleep land! And nigth time is fine too!

Libby - posted on 11/20/2009

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My daughter did the same exact thing...I thought I was going to go crazy. I thought she was getting in a terrible routine but then I noticed she was getting her eye teeth and after about 2 weeks of it she started to take her naps again!

Shelley - posted on 11/19/2009

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My now eleven year old was that way and it was so difficult for me because as much as anything I needed the break from her too.
When I finally found myself loosing it with her I stepped back and decided it wasn't worth the fight. The bonus of it all was the fact that she was in bed at 7 PM (many of my friends wer envious of that) and slept the night. I was then able to have my "me" time just a little later that I wanted. She is still the girls that will go to bed fairly early and rises early without a fight so hope this helps.

Christy - posted on 11/19/2009

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It must be just a phase because he is now very clingy and he is starting to wake up at night now. He was such a good sleeper and slept all through the night. He went to bed on his own too. I usually put him to bed around 8pm it might be earlier now since he is not taking a nap during the day. It is just weird because I can tell that he is tired. I guess he is reaching his stubborn phase early lol. Thanks everyone!!

Angela Lynette - posted on 11/19/2009

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i have the same problem have tried everything sadley i think my girl has just given up on them i find if i try every 2nd day it works

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It's a really bad idea to put a baby in bed with their bottle. It causes ear infections, and the milk sits in their mouth and the sugars can cause terrible dental disease. Why start your child out with rotten teeth?

AUDREY - posted on 11/19/2009

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What time do he goes to bed at night? my nephew is 14 months!when he is with me.he wakes up around 9a.m and i give a nice hot bath feed him good and we go outside, take him to the park,around others children his age get him tired and then back home feed him lunch and nap when he naps.two hours max. that way when its time for bed he will sleep the whole night!he is curious about what is going on!

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He may have just outgrown his morning nap. As long as he is active and happy, it's ok to just have an afternoon nap. I have found that they often do better if they don't nap in the am, and have a good long nap after lunch. You might try moving up the time a little closer to noon if he is cranky by the two o clock time. Be persistent and calm when you put him down, and he will come around. It's ok if he cries when you lay him down just tell him you love him, and go out of the room. The growing up of our children is sometimes harder on us moms than it is on the kids, as we wait through the crying for them to settle to sleep. Even if he doesn't sleep, he will learn that naps are inevetable, and get so he is ok with being in bed. I've had toddlers who layed back there and just sang and dinked around the whole time, but they rested, and had time to themselves, and were so much better for it!

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My pediatrician told me that it's not he nap that is important but the act of your child learning to calm himself /herself down on his/her own during the day. It's okay if the child doesn't actually sleep. The doctor said that you need to stay strong and leave the baby in his/her crib....You can go in periodically if s/he is having a melt down to let him/her know that you haven't abandoned them but that s/he needs to figure out how to calm down on his/her own. Eventually the kid will get better. GOOD LUCK!

Sheila - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hi Christy,
He is telling you that he dos'nt need it anymore. Plan a quiet time for him.
I had a boy like that . Now a college grad.
mom

Fran - posted on 11/19/2009

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My daughter stopped taking naps all together at around 14 months. She also started walking (running) at 10 months. Ugh! She always went to bed really easy at night though which I found was a good trade off because then I had some time to myself or with my husband to relax. Think about it really, durring the afternoon nap, what are you going to do? Housework, pay bills, take out the garbage... Nothing for yourself. At least at night it becomes "you time" and this is always good. Infact I remember scolding a babysitter once when I came home in the afternoon and she said "I got her down for a nap but it was a struggle!" I said "Thanks a lot, now you've ruined my night!!" lol

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An afternoon or lunchtime nap is normal at this age - most kids drop from two naps to one nap per day around 12 months so it's perfectly normal. From then on, it all depends on your child, some have a nap once a day until they are around 3yrs old, but others stop it completely anywhere around 2yrs.

Myrtis - posted on 11/18/2009

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Accept defeat. My second child gave up naps at about the same age. The only advantage is that they go to bed earlier and you can get out of the house and do something, anything else in the afternoon. Hang in there, it's very hard when you hear about other people's kids who are the same age and still sleep 2-3 hours in the afternoon.

Peggy - posted on 11/18/2009

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my son did that for awhile right after his first birthday. then he started again. have faith it may just be a phase.

Christy - posted on 11/18/2009

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I guess I will just have to let him stay up and not take his naps and see how that goes for a while. Thanks for all the help everyone!!

Leanne - posted on 11/18/2009

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that is ok then he will sleep all night butf you what him to sleep drying the day the one at 2.00 is ok

Jami - posted on 11/18/2009

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My 16 month old stopped taking 2 naps at about 14 months. Her dad still tries to get her to take a morning nap, but I've found she will usually go down really well around 1:30 and sleep for 2 1/2 hours. We don't have any special routine that tells her she's having a nap - just take her into the bedroom, put her in the crib, and hand her a bottle of milk. She fusses for a minute (sometimes) and goes right to sleep. With older kids you can tell them "you don't have to sleep, but we're going to have 1 hour of quiet time" and give them some books to read or something. Half the time they will fall asleep anyway.

Alison - posted on 11/18/2009

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my son hasn't napped at home in about a year. i used to get so frustrated that he would nap at day care, but of course he would nap if everyone else would. it doesn't bother us so much now because he goes to bed earlier. hehehehe honestly, you can't make them sleep if they don't want to. just think of it as more time you get to spend with your son.

Rachael - posted on 11/18/2009

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I really miss those two naps a day!!! I could get a lot of work done! :) My three year old barely naps anymore at all

Kirstie - posted on 11/18/2009

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my youngest stopped napping around 18 months. He'd nap off and on through out this summer. He's now 2 and doesn't nap at all infact it's very rare that he does. He does got to bed alot earlier now however.

Samantha - posted on 11/18/2009

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my daughter is the same age. her father tells me to take her outside more & let them play just burn their energy cause now they run and are more adventurous, after she plays a lot i feed her then after a bath she put herself to bed. At this age they wont take more then 2 naps a day but sleep fine through the night. I hope this helps.

Rachael - posted on 11/18/2009

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Im running into that now with my three year old. He fights me. So today I just said at 230 you might as well get up. As long as I had a break for a bit Im ok. I guess if your baby doesnt nap he will go to bed on time thats how i always look at it

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