Nap time for 2 year old...

Sarah - posted on 03/07/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Now that my 2 year old just turned 2 I dont know if she is wanting to drop a nap or what! Usually she will go for a nap around 10am then in the afternoon sometime like around...2-3ish... but if I omit either her morning nap she is sooo tired but lunch I need to put her down right after lunch then I skip the afternoon nap, but then I find by dinner she is soooo grumpy! Any advice?

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Sarah - posted on 03/19/2012

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just an update! I got my daughter to drop her morning nap but she can be very grumpy around lunch. After she will get a little more hyper which i think is normal because they get their second wind. So I wait until 2ish and put her for her second nap. But I have been juggling what is the best time because ever since she has dropped her morning nap she will nap in the afternoon. Then go to bed at 8:00 (as usual) but she is waking up more early!! Like at 5:00am! Which is weird. Usually it is around 6:00. So I dont know whats going on! hahahahahaha

Elfrieda - posted on 03/16/2012

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It looks like you got good advice, but I'll just add something that I did that helped with the transition. We would go out in the morning and visit friends or do something fun yet not stressful for my little man, and then eat lunch at 11:30 and he would go to sleep by 12 by the latest.



So the going out part was key. If we stayed home, he just got tired and grumpy, but if we were out he would stay happy and chipper until we got home again. Basically I'd rush in the door, throw him at his snack, and then it was time for bed.

Mariette - posted on 03/15/2012

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at the age of about 2, toddlers really only need 1 nap, not 2. too much sleep can also make them grumpy. my son wakes up at 7am, he takes his nap from 12pm to about 1:30 or 2pm. i let him wake up by himself, unless the nap goes on too long, and then i put him in bed at 7pm. so he gets 12hours of sleep during the night, and more or less 2hours during the day. I found its a nice routine for us. he almost never gets grumpy, only when we take nap time late. or when he had a real hard day playing outside. even when he doesnt want to nap during the day, i force him, because i know he'll be grumpy later on.

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2012

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So I tried the after lunch nap thing and I ended up giving her a nap around 1:30-2:00. She ended up napping longer but at her lunch time she was grumpy. Didnt want to eat much ect. But after lunch I just waited it out until I put her down. After her lunch she didnt seem as tired as I thought she was. Before her lunch, like right before her lunch she was. But after she seemed fine. I might try this for a few more days even if she is a little bit grumpy at lunch. I just feel that everyone is over the 2 naps a day!



She usually is always awake at 6am no matter what time she goes to sleep. So I always have her to bed at 8pm.

Katherine - posted on 03/09/2012

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My daughter dropped her second nap at 2. I found that the best nap was smack in the middle of the day. She still does take naps sometimes but very rarely. I would never deprive her if she was really tired.



So with yours, I would have her nap right after lunch. She should be sleeping a couple of hours. What time does she go to bed at night?

Tara - posted on 03/08/2012

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I get my kids to nap until they age out of out on their own. No need for cranky tired kids that only makes for a cranky tired mom

Sarah - posted on 03/08/2012

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Thanks for the advice everyone! It is 10:30 now and she seems ok. I am going to try to put her down around 1:30 like alot have suggested after lunch. I just hope she doesnt go threw a temper tantrum and not want to eat her lunch because she is tired (sometimes that happens!)

tell you all later!

Gabrielle - posted on 03/08/2012

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My son is almost 3 and he doesn't take naps. He hasn't for a year. If he does end up falling asleep during the day I find it hard to get him to go to sleep at his bed time. He wakes up between 7 and 9:30 and his bed time is 8:30. If he has a nap during the day he doesn't go to sleep until sometime between 10 and midnight. Maybe try for a nap at 1:30.

Sarah - posted on 03/08/2012

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I was thinking she wouldnt want 2 naps anymore either but it seemed like some days she really wanted to or needed to have 2 naps! she usually always wakes up at 6:00am and I put her to sleep at 8:00. She has no problem going to sleep either. Lunch is 11 usually. I will try what everyone has been suggesting and just put her to down for the after lunch nap. I am just hoping by dinner. (usually around 5) she is not really grumpy! this has happened a few times!

I will let everyone know on here how it goes!

Michelle - posted on 03/08/2012

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I'm the same with the other ladies. My daughter usually has lunch about 11/11:30 and then goes down for a nap at 12. I usually get 2 hours but that's fine for me since I have to leave the house just after 2 to get the older 2 from school.



She then goes down at night between 8-8:30 and sleeps till around 7:30am.

Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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My daughter also gave up 2 naps at one, she still takes 1 nap (thats my time to take a shower, clean, or relax) and its usually 3 to 3 and a half hours. maybe ease her into it by keeping her busy until lunch time, so she will be extra tired

Amy - posted on 03/07/2012

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Wow my daughter gave up the two naps at one, she'll be two in a week and some days can go without a nap. My daughter goes down for a nap between 1 and 2 and usually sleeps for two hours, she usually wakes up at 8 in the morning. If I were you I would do the nap after lunch and then depending what time dinner is just put her to bed soon after till she adjusts to the difference.

Brittney - posted on 03/07/2012

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What about feed her at 11a lunch and put her to nap at noon until 3ish?

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