My 2yr old doesn't want to nap during the day

Kasia - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Ever since we came back from our vacation my 2yr old daughter stopped taking naps. We were on vacation for 2 months where she slept with us and i had to lay there with her so she could fall asleep for her nap. When we came back we've been sleeping in, so I figured i'd put her to sleep early, but that didn't work. She doesn't want to take a nap or go to sleep early. On top of that she has been wanting to sleep only with either me or my husband. I've tried waking her up earlier and then putting her for a nap in her crib but she just stays up playing, so after an hour i take her out. She did fall asleep during the day few times but it was in our bed and i had to sleep with her. Now, in couple of weeks we're going on a 3 week vacation again. I'm not sure if i should just wake her up early, put her down for a nap, let he stay there till she falls asleep (in her crib) and then put her down early at night although she'll sit there for hours crying or playing. Or, should I wait till we get back from our vacation and then try this. I'm not sure what i should do.

Any suggestions?

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I actually stopped my eldest son from having a day time nap at 18 months because he wasnt sleeping through the night...with my second son he didnt want to sleep because he wants to play with his older brother...he was 2 last month...i sit my eldest son down in front of a movie and then lay on the lounge with my younger son...he falls asleep on me and once he is asleep then i move out from under him...having him sleep on the lounge isnt ideal but its better than him staying awake till around 5 and then not going to bed on time.

Lynlee - posted on 06/08/2009

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I agree, the good side is that we are able to put our son to bed at 7.30 and he normally doesn't wake 'til about 7.30am. It's the earliest we have put him to bed since he was a newborn! And it's so nice to have a few hours in the evening to do what you want!

Jessica - posted on 06/08/2009

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All kids are different and drop their naps at different times. My son is a little over 3 and spirratically won't take a nap. As long as she isn't crabby I wouldn't worry about it. If my son doesn't take a nap and starts to get crabby he goes to bed early NO MATTER WHAT, but I do make him at least lay on the couch or in his bed for some quiet time

Marlana - posted on 06/08/2009

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Well, My daughter is 2 1/2 and yes, she too has stopped taking naps. It must be the same for all of us. Every so often she will take a nap. I agree with Lynlee, there's nothing we can do. There more active and has way more energy now, and it last a long time, but the up side to no naps is, they go to bed at a resonable hour and sleep all night!!

Lynlee - posted on 06/08/2009

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Our son is two years eight months and he has stopped having day sleeps as well which is a real pain - I used to really look forward to two hours of time-off! I think he still really needs to have a sleep too as he will often fall asleep at about 5 on the couch or in his highchair during dinner. I don't think there is anything you can do as your child will eventually grow out of daytime sleeps and just won't be tired enough for a proper sleep.

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Jamie - posted on 03/19/2013

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My son stopped napping at about 21 mos. Once I transitioned with him, I felt it was a lot easier too, because he was, in fact "ready" to sleep at a much earlier time which was awesome. I have established routines with him but it almost seems he gets bored with them and after about 3 wks, it won't work and I have to try something else and establish a new routine. We have recently changed him into his toddler bed, which I think he liked a lot more because his independant side has more control to get in and out of bed by himself. He took right to it, but then after a few weeks, once again, he began not staying in bed and crying when I left the room. I let it go, watching him on the monitor and he would ease himself back into bed by himself. That was fine, but now he's so overtired from no nap and being up for 12 hrs, putting him to bed is taking longer and longer. When I leave the room, he just starts getting into things, tearing the wipes/diapers etc out of place, and now is climbing up on the changing table which I'm worried about his safety. I've taken as much distraction out of his room-toys etc-so maybe he'd just become bored and crawl back in, but theres still so much more distracting him and I find it ridiculous to move everything out just so I have to put it all back in for the following day. And.. on the occasion that he falls asleep in the car for even 10-20 minutes, that will literally keep him awake for at least 2 hrs longer that night. He was ALWAYS a great sleeper, even had to wake him when he was a newborn to eat. I try to be understanding as to what's going on with him- teeth, darkness, etc but...I just need some advice!! I have to to do bedtime routine everynight so it's, of course, really frustrating!

Kylie - posted on 06/08/2009

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My son stopped going down for naps just before he turned two. and just after my second son was born (which sucks) Initially I spent like 2 hours trying to get him to sleep during day and finally gave up - it was just a waste of time. He has to however have quiet time when his brother goes for his sleep. Thats either reading a book, watching a dvd or drawing. That way I can either relax for an hour or catch up on housework... The plus as Brandi said is they go to bed earlier and sleep all night.........

Lindsay - posted on 06/08/2009

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maybe there just done wit the whole nap thing my daughter stoped around 2 also

Lisa - posted on 06/08/2009

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My daughter will be three in July and she stopped taking naps about 9 months ago. It was around the time that my husband became a stay-at-home dad for awhile. He would put her down for a nap and she would just get up and play. After a couple months, he stopped putting her down at all. We tried a couple different things to help with this. You could try not giving a nap, but some "rest time" where she lays down for a half-hour and just watches a movie or listens to music. What seemed to work well for us was to put her down at the same time every night no matter what. Aspen goes to bed at nine everynight. She has gotten to the point that she usually goes right to sleep, and we let her sleep as long as she needs to in the mornings. That way, we know she is getting a good night rest. It is tough to not have that time during the day, but you find ways to work around it. At least you are not stuck at home for hours on end waiting for her to wake up so you can run errands. You might also try getting rid of the crib and moving to a toddler bed (make sure you put up a rail, or she will fall out). When Aspen had her own "big-girl bed" she seemed to go down much easier. I know I have written a lot, but i hope it helps. One last suggestion, wait until after this upcoming vacation or expect a set-back when you get home. Good Luck!

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I've already posted something on another forum about a 2.5 month old not taking naps or needing "longer" naps. As I told that Mommy, good luck. My son stopped taking his daily nap a little before he turned 2 (he is now 2.5) and it sucks because he seems to get into things more often and sometimes I need a break from kids... or I need to get something done like cleaning the house.



Try and wear her out. If that doesn't work, put her to bed early like we do and just know that you'll get your alone time in the evenings and she'll get a full nights rest. :)

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