Naps

Amy - posted on 08/06/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Emma will be 2 in Oct, and she just doesn't want to nap. By the end of the day she cranky, whiny , well just ready for bed. She has had a route of having her afternoon nap right after lunch. But the last few days she fights it. At what age do babies no longer need to nap in the afternoon?

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Vanessa - posted on 08/08/2009

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I agree with Jamie. You really have to set the mood in the entire house to get a cranky child to nap.
I have 3 and I get a fight out of them sometimes. But I open curtains in my living area, close curtains in all bedrooms, turn off all lights, turn all tv's and radios off, put the AC on and allow nothing but silence. When this is routine it should be cake to get Emma to nap.
Even if it doesn't work the first few times I am sure she will get the hang of "chill-out-time".
Good luck!

Vicki - posted on 08/08/2009

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my dd usualy naps for and hour 1-1:30 a day from 1pm. Some days she is a little more willing than others but as Robyn said it depends on what we have done in the morning. I have read a few website and books that say babies (toddlers) can still nap up to the age of 4 but it totally depends on your child.

I know what you mean about the no napping then being cranky and whingy as in my dd doesn;t nap she is the same, on these days a general try to relax her in the early evening before dinner ans put er to bed half an hour earlier.

Casey - posted on 08/08/2009

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My daughter left naps at just before three - :( but she would have them every second or third day depending on how early she woke in the morning.

Jamie - posted on 08/08/2009

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my youngest one never really did.she is 4 now,sleeps about 10 to 12 hours through the night.you could do a quiet time,and turn off everything,and use it as one on one time.not all toddlers need naps.you can't force a child to sleep,but you can,limit the distractions.if i really want my kids in bed at 8 and asleep.i turn off everything.they get bored calm down and are out in no time,as long as i'm right there while their falling asleep,lol.have you tried a dark room.this use ti help my son.he's 7 and should have naps.

Jennifer - posted on 08/08/2009

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My 3 1/2 y.o. son went through this around your daughter's age. I let him skip his nap some days, but he was so cranky by 5 I couldn't stand it. It ended up being a phase for him, and I'm glad we pushed through because he still naps from 2-3 hrs. a day, and I know I need that break, too!

Jane - posted on 08/06/2009

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maybe she's on the verge of giving it up. use the time she was napping and try at least to have some quiet time if not a nap - sit in her room w/her and read or just sing w/her. something that is calm and quiet so she can settle down a bit. even if she doesn't fall back into her nap schedule it may just help getting her crankies to settle out.

Angela - posted on 08/06/2009

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I have a 3 year old and most of the time it's hit or miss. I make the room as dark as I can, put on some relaxing music, and we read stories. Sometimes he'll go out and some times he won't. It's very frustrating, I know. Especially when you are ready to fall asleep yourself.

Robyn - posted on 08/06/2009

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i think it just varies on the child in question.......i have a 3 and a 2 year old and they either take a nap or they dont.....they usually just crash where ever they are. most times they catch one just as im heading to the store in the car......but its all a matter of how active your child is....and varies from child to child

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