Two year old goes to bed easier without naps ? cut them out or keep them ???

Karleigh - posted on 01/04/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )




My daughter will be two at the end of the month and usually has a nap for about an hour everyday. But the last two weeks she has been tottally off sceduale and will not go to bed until after 10 . This week i tried keeping her up (which she didnt mind, because she fights me on her naps anyways) and she fell asleep without a fuss and on time with our bed time sceduale. To me it seems like children under the age of four should have naps so they can grow and function properly . would it be unhealthy for my childs development to stop the naps ?


Jill - posted on 04/29/2013




I am seriously thinking of dropping my son's nap because it is not easy anymore! He is 2 1/2 and he will take a good 2 hour nap but then won't go to sleep until 11 at night! I am exhausted at that point. He sleeps from 10 30 to 8 usually, and he isn't ready for a nap until 2 or 3! I try to nap him earlier but he just lays there forever and won't close his eyes. Yesterday he napped from 4 to 5 30 and then wouldn't go to sleep, so I think it's time to say byebye to naps and maybe then he will go to sleep by 9:00! I love his naptime because it's quiet time for me, but I am sick of laying there with him for an hour till he falls asleep and then not going to sleep until 11 at night.

Vicki - posted on 01/05/2012




Schedule schmedule. Do what works for you. My boy will not sleep unless it's a drive in the car in the afternoon, and even then sometimes not. He's 2 and a half. If he has a nap he won't sleep until 9.30-10pm. If he doesn't he's in bed by 8pm, much easier for me! I still miss the naptime, but generally he's not that exhausted by the end of the day and he goes to sleep so much faster.

He does like to have quiet time 2 or so times a day. He looks tired, asks to go to sleep, we lie down together, sometimes he has a breastfeed or just a cuddle. 10-15 minutes later he's recharged and full of energy to play again even though he hasn't actually slept. He sleeps a long time at night so I don't see a problem.

Kids haven't read the manual that says that must sleep at certain times, so I think prescribed schedules are a load of rubbish.

Amanda - posted on 01/04/2012




My 2 yr old has started dropping her naps, although if she is tired she will sleep where she stands. My 3 yr old doesn't sleep during the day and hasn't since he was a few weeks old (by then he was sleeping 13hrs a night)
There have been no concerns with his growth or development.
Both kids sleep 11 hrs a night.
If she is getting a full nights sleep and fighting the naps during the day I personally wouldn't force it upon her, especially if she goes to bed at night easier without it.

Lise - posted on 01/07/2012




"Schedule schmedule. Do what works for you."

This - what Vicki said.

Bonnie - posted on 01/05/2012




I wouldn't force her to take a nap. If she wants to great, if not, then just let it go. My now 5 year old son pretty much stopped napping at 20 months. Even now he only naps the odd time (and I mean odd time) in the car. My 3 year old rarely napped after he turned two. It's usually if he is really tired, didn't sleep too well the night before or is not feeling well.

Yes, it is known that naps are healthy for them, but some kids just don't need as much sleep as the next. More often than not, my 3 year old sleeps less than my 5 year old.


View replies by

Amy - posted on 11/04/2012




hi ladies , i was just reading your posts having trouble with my two year little girl. she is about 2years and 4 months right now . and im currently having problems with nap and or bed time . she used to be on a really good schedule when i working but that has all changed with being on mat leave and having my son. so here it goes , she someday is OK without a nap but usually around 1 or 2 is tired n i no i could get her down for a good 2 hour nap . and most of the time if she doesn't nap good luck if i can take her out in public because once she doesn't get her way with something shell melt down. but if i nap her it soo hard to get her to bed itll be 11 or 12 before she falls asleep. and up at 7. or 8 at the latest. but if she has no nap she goes to bed at 8 or 830 without a fuss and wake up still at 7 or 8 . and every evening is usually the same supper then clean up bath time and trying to get in bed about 830ish. so i just don't no what to do because she is tired during the day but she stay up to late if she does nap.

ive also tried naps in the AM around 1030 or 11 . and most days that's a fight shes not tired enough at that point . of course there is maybe one day a week shell go to bed in the AM and bed time is usually OK but i don't think fighting with her for an hour to nap in the morning is good either . i also do potty time right before bed and read stories and tuck her in give kisses every night .and do our best to keep the house quiet and most lights out to set the mood for bed time ... any suggestions?

Katherine - posted on 01/07/2012




I would cut out the naps. She has obviously given them up. My daughter did at 2.

Jenna - posted on 01/06/2012




Of my four older kids, two of them quit napping around the age of 2 and the other two went on to about four with naps. My daughter, who is four, stopped napping just after she turned 2 because of the reason you described. Most kids are still napping at the age of 2, but some just do better going to bed at night without napping. When you first start taking away the nap, however, it will be rough in the evenings for a few weeks, maybe even a month or two. Your daughter will still be healthy and develop fine if you cut out the nap. She should still be getting around 12 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period of time, though, so make sure she goes to bed early enough to sleep that long.

Felicia - posted on 01/05/2012




I think that toddlers need their sleep so don't give up on naps quite yet. Her schedule could be off for many reason growth spurts, teething, hunger, ect. Try putting her down for a nap earlier, get her excited about taking naps(something to look forward to afterward). My daughter I give 30 minute warning that it is almost nap time, I let her pick 2 stuff toys to sleep with, say night night to all the animals, toys ect... I really hope this helps.

September - posted on 01/05/2012




Our son is 3 and gave up naps. If your daughter does not want to nap and sleeps the recommeded hours of sleep (which is 12-14 hrs for that age) at night I'd say cut the naps.

Amanda - posted on 01/04/2012




My son is 27 months old, and he RARELY takes a nap anymore. It seems like it doesn't matter when the child sleeps, as long as s/he is getting full sleep. It seems to me, if she hates the naps, and she goes to bed easier without the naps, why would YOU put YOURSELF through the hassle of naps?

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms