Does your two year old nap?

Sara - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hi, My Alyzibeth has stopped taking naps for no reason at all. Is this normal? We wake up at 6:30am and I we eat lunch at 11 and nap is at noon. She has been in this routine for well over a year now and all of a sudden she has no interest to nap... Any help on how to get her napping again would be great... it's been going on two weeks now and nap time is when I do my homework and clean house. Am I wrong to gate her in her room and leave her in there for two hours when she's supposed to be napping?

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Charmaine - posted on 02/25/2010

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My Son Casey still Naps from 1 hour upto 3 hours and he then sleeps from 8.30 at night to anywhere from 6.30-8am in the morning...I love nap time, I suppose I am lucky he still does it.

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son stopped taking naps a few months ago, but then decided to start again. However, I think this may be only temporary with his growth spurt/two year molars coming in. Otherwise, I started putting him to bed an hour earlier to supplement his NOT getting the nap. It seems to work well. Gives me an extra hour at night and I know he's still receiving the sleep he needs.

Katherine - posted on 02/24/2010

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My two year old still naps well, but my three year olds? You may as well flip a coin with them. When they start preschool this fall, however, there will be nap time, so we're concentrating on "quiet time" where they lay down, look at books, etc. so they're used to being quiet so the other kids who still nap can sleep. And if they do fall asleep? Bonus!

Stephanie - posted on 02/23/2010

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Is she happy and healthy? Is she getting 12-14 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period? Is so, then health wise she is doing just fine. Now, if she seems to get really hyper right around the time she used to nap or shortly after, that can be a sign of being overtired (as well as the beloved temper tantrums). You are the best judge of how she is doing and what she needs. I know, I doubt myself all the time over some of the simplest decisions too, but look at why you're asking the question of others. Maybe you are seeing something, but you just can't put your finger on it yet!

Nicole - posted on 02/23/2010

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My son still takes naps:0) I usually lay him down right after lunch and he'll sleep for about three hours. He wakes up around 8-8:30 am and is usually in bed at night by 9. He's a good sleeper, though I do have trouble getting him to stay in his bed! Maybe it's just a phase and it'll pass! Two year olds are known for 'phases" good luck!

Taylor - posted on 02/22/2010

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my son is 25 months and he wakes up at 5 sleeps with us till 6, then breakfast and 7. an lunch at 12, then nap at 1 till 2 or 2:30ish. then he goes to bed at 7.8 on late nights. but he went through a phase where he didnt nap at all for maybe two weeks. good luck.!

Monica - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter still takes a nap and she just turned 2. There are days where it is harder to put her down though. But keeping the same routine everyday really does help. What u might want to do is waiting a little longer for lunch and putting her down a hour later. That might help. Good Luck!!

Katrese - posted on 02/19/2010

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Did she take one nap a day or two? My 2 year old went from two naps a day to one. She usually naps now around 3:00 or 3:30 and then is down until 5:30. I was bummed ot see the two nap routine end but one still works. Usually Megan is so tired by 3ish that it isn't too hard to get her to nap then.

Janette - posted on 02/18/2010

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I personally don't think it's wrong to "gate" your daughter in her room. So long as she's safe, there's nothing there that she could injure herself with and she's not distressed or showing any signs that she's unhappy. We all need a little space at times, even if it's just to do chores around the house, and its not good to be joined at the hip to your child/children 24 hours a day. She will also use the time to discover her own independance, she'll play and investigate her toys and surroundings. She knows your'e near-by if she needs you and when she starts to miss you she'll let you know. Some kids need a lot of re-assurance and can be really insecure, scream the minute their mum (or dad) leaves the room or turns away from them for even a second. Of course this causes stress for the parent and distress to the child, which inevitably will have to be dealt with by teaching the child that its ok to be away from you and re-assuring them that you will be back soon for them. This may seem a little over exaggerated (its only an hour or two in the next room) but its these small things that can make all the difference in the coming years! I have 6 kids aged between 2-12 years old, and my 2nd was really clingy and screamed the place down whenever he couldnt see or hear me, which meant that he went absolutely EVERYWHERE with me. Believe me, getting him settled at schoola nd nursery was a NIGHTMARE and he didnt stay with a relative until he was almost 6 years old, which meant that for almost 6 years i had NO break or time to myself at all. The strain shows and gets you down. So you continue to do what you feel is right for you and your child. x

Crystina - posted on 02/16/2010

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my daughter is 4 and she goes down for rest time, sometimes i will even put a movie on for her and she will take a short nap

Kari - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter is napping half the time, and its only when I can see she really needs it. I usualyy will put her down, and check on her in 1/2 hour, if she is not sleeping, and content, I usually leave her there until she calls for me. She started watching certain TV shows, so I tape her favorites to keep her occupied when needed.

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My son went through that same phase. I would just let him bring a few toys in the living room and play in the floor next to me or sit on the couch and watch cartoons while I did my homework. He eventually started taking his naps again.

Yun - posted on 02/12/2010

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My son still naps once a day - 1.5-2 hours at daycare and 2-3 hours at home. He goes to sleep around 6:30 and sleeps for 12 hours. He really loves his sleep and tells us when he needs to go to sleep sometimes. I remember reading elsewhere when toddlers transition out of that last nap, it's good for them to continue to have 'quiet' time during their regular nap time.

Pamela - posted on 02/11/2010

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my son naps for normally 2 hours from 11:30

some days it can be 1 hour only and other days its nearly 4!!

he goes to bed at 7:30 and wakes at 5:30 ( as he needs to do wees ) then he snuggles in with us until 6.

I know alot of peoples kids that don't nap at all or some that wake up and then after breakfast go straight back to sleep and then are awake for the rest of the day and some kids at 2 years still having 2 naps!!

My 11 month old has 2 naps a days which is annoying for trying to go out he will sleep and wake they will both have lunch then the oldest will sleep then the youngest goes down 15 minutes before cameron wakes and then we have until 3:30 4pm heheh and I have a mad dash to the shops or play group heheh but at least I get 1 on 1 time with each of them but no quite time for me =(

Joy - posted on 02/11/2010

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My son is now 2 and has transitioned from 2 short naps, 1 before lunch and 1 after lunch to 1 long nap after lunch. We wake up about 7:30am or 8am then have lunch around 11:30 or 12 then he's ready to nap from 1 or 1:30 to 3 or 3:30pm.

Holly - posted on 02/10/2010

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My oldest daughter stopped napping when she was 2. Now Molly is giving them up as well. If we have a playdate or run a lot of errands in the morning she will still take one. She always naps at her grandmother's although I have absolutely no idea why. We joke that their crib mattress must be a lot more comfortable! lol

Emily - posted on 02/10/2010

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as long as she doesn't cry or scream, i don't think there's anything wrong with leaving her. consider it as her "quiet time" for herself. my 2 yo still naps but transitioning to a shorter one. you can't force them if they don't want to. if you're worried about her getting enough sleep, just put her to bed earlier. 10-14 hours, i believe, is what's normal at this age.

Stephanie - posted on 02/09/2010

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Hello! My son, Zachary still takes naps that can last up to 2 hours. There are some times where he will only take a hour nap for the shortest time....

Heather - posted on 02/09/2010

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Dahlia, is only napping half the time. I still put her in her room for nap time, it is good to keep a routine, and if she were in daycare they would give her that time as quiet time. It should be fine to put her in her room, my daughter will just play quitly in her room till I let her out.

Bethany - posted on 02/09/2010

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Hi there, i no a lto of mum's who's 2 year olds don't nap anymore, my little boy still nap's but if he doesn't want to sleep and he's quite he leave him in his room and yeah he does have a gate on his door. So long as your little one can come to no harm in her bedroom and isn't screaming the whole time i don't see why she shouldn't stay there you never no she might just be going through a faze and could start napping again x

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