My Toddler Refuses to Nap!

Bethany - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 month old and a 19 month old and the past week my toddler has not taken a single nap! It doesn't matter what I do, he just will not fall asleep. I've tried holding him for an hour but he just squirms around and talks to me. I've tried letting him sit in his crib while I sit in his room to reassure him but he just whines for me to pick him up. I've tried leaving him alone but he just plays in his crib for an hour or more and if he does fall asleep, it's not til it's really too late to take a nap and then he's really hard to put down at night. I've tried getting him to just lay down in the living room in a "nap nook" but he just wants to play. Someone please tell me this is a stage and that he's not giving up naps so early forever! I'm worried he is becoming sleep deprived and just don't know what to do!

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Lorelei - posted on 09/19/2009

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My 2 year old rarely takes naps anymore either and by the time I would get him to nap it was too late, what I found works is quiet time, like watching a movie, he may doze off.

Bethany - posted on 09/18/2009

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That's a good idea if you can get him to do it. Getting him to run around without running off is really the issue! I think I'll start a new convo and see what other moms do. Thanks again!

Darby - posted on 09/18/2009

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Quoting Bethany:

It's true that I am not spending the same amount of time playing with him, but he is constantly playing on his own. I was thinking the same thing about taking him out more often and thankfully the weather here in Florida is finally cooling down so I can start doing that. In fact I took him out this morning so we'll see if that helps this afternoon! I'm not sure I have the energy to chase him around like a madwoman though. . .


LOL!  I can't do it so I have no idea why I recommended it.  A co-worker had the same issue and realized her son did not wear himself out on Sundays due to sunday school and church.  Now she lets him go run around the bases at their baseball field.  Knocks him right out at naptime...

Bethany - posted on 09/18/2009

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It's true that I am not spending the same amount of time playing with him, but he is constantly playing on his own. I was thinking the same thing about taking him out more often and thankfully the weather here in Florida is finally cooling down so I can start doing that. In fact I took him out this morning so we'll see if that helps this afternoon! I'm not sure I have the energy to chase him around like a madwoman though. . .

Darby - posted on 09/17/2009

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What time is he waking up? Is he doing enough to wear himself out to need a nap. At 19 months he should be a busy little bee, but the fact that you have a 5 month old may be limiting his exertion. Take them outside in the morning, put the 5 mos old in an activity center or blanket, playpen and chase the toddler around like a mad woman. See if he just needs more activity.

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