My 11 month old son is still only taking 45 to 1 hour naps. I have tried making him stay awake longer but that still does not help. Any suggestions?

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i learned from having 2 very active toddlers that this alloted time is amazing and extremely fortunate to have. it's an awkward adjustment getting so used to them as infants sleeping soooo long. try running him around before his nap whether it be at the gym daycare or the park.

Martha - posted on 01/19/2009

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My son did the same thing until he was about 13-14months then he FINALLY took a two hour nap and usually does every day now. I have say it's a lifesaver most days. Though as most have said I wouldn't worry to much about it, it will all even out in the end.

Sarah - posted on 01/19/2009

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My daughter Abigail is 21 months and every since she was 6 or 9 months old, she has only taken one 20 min nap a day. Well, for me. She sleeps for 2 hours at daycare. But at home with me, she only takes a 20 min nap. It is a little crazy. But if she is not tired, why put her to sleep? She has never been on a schedule. It is much easier.

Anne - posted on 01/19/2009

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Quoting Krystal:

I have a 2 year old that still only takes 2 1 hour and 15 min naps, and then her brother who is only a year older I have never had that issue, once he falls asleep he will take more than a 3 hour nap, then he deosn't want to go to sleep at night. GOod luck!



This is why I never fretted about my girls not taking naps.      They go to sleep in 5 mins or so at bedtime, and sleep through the night.

Krystal - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have a 2 year old that still only takes 2 1 hour and 15 min naps, and then her brother who is only a year older I have never had that issue, once he falls asleep he will take more than a 3 hour nap, then he deosn't want to go to sleep at night. GOod luck!

Robin - posted on 01/18/2009

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have you tried putting him to bed sooner?  i know my kids always took shorter naps when they were going down too late, and thus were a little overtired to start.

Anne - posted on 01/18/2009

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My daughters ( 4yrs and 15 months) only take naps when they are growing.     My 15 month old only takes a few 30 mins naps a day when she is nursing.



Is your son really active when he is awake?       If he seems to function just fine, I really would let it be.    Not all children need a long nap.      Just because Dr.'s and other people tell you how many hours a day a child should sleep doesnt mean they have to have that much.       My 4 yr old quit taking naps at 17 months, she would only nap if she just got to tired, and fell asleep while doing something quiet.    I just let it go and she was just fine.



Its up to you.     You can worry about it, or you can just decide that this is the way he is made to function.     In the end You are the mom and you know your child best, and what is best for him.



I hope that helps a little

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