should 2 year old give up her nap?

Kelly - posted on 03/20/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




I wanted to ask a question, but was not sure where to get good advice. I have traversed the internet as well, but my gut tells me to weigh things up still.

Its regarding my 2 year old’s naps.She turned 2 on 1 March this year. She still has a nap in the afternoon, around 12h00/ 13h00 ish. Sometimes she naps for an hour, sometimes more. I generally wake her up after 2 hours.

She then struggles to fall asleep at night and can take up to 1,5 to 2 hours, sometimes more, and other times I just give up and keep her up till we go to bed.

I have noticed that on weekends when I try to put her down for a nap and she refuses; if I keep her awake during the day, she is generally not cranky, is very pleasant and just playful. Nothing out of the ordinary. When I put her to bed then between 7h30 and 8h00, she drops off after no more than 10 minutes and sleeps right through. Then wakes up normal time ( around 7h00 to 7h30 am.

I must mention, at the times that she struggles to sleep at night, when she has had the nap during the day, she also wakes up at the same time.

I am playing with the idea of dropping her nap completely and just having her go through the day, because it is quite stressfull for both of us when she refuses to sleep at night. And I feel like such a failure as a mom for not being able to get her to sleep. No matter what I try.

What do you think?

If you have a view, I would really appreciate it. Because so far all I have heard is that toddlers need their nap till they are 3 at least


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Chrystal - posted on 03/20/2012




If she's not cranky and she goes to bed on time in the evening than she's out grow her nap everyone needs different amounts of sleep and she is clearly saying she's getting enough overnight at this point. My son only naps a few days a week at this point because he gets 12 at night and it's enough for him most days. Trust your instinct if she's tired give her nap if not than let her stay up.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/20/2012




Sometimes kids just don't need naps any longer. I know I tried to force my son when he was that age, but he was getting plenty of sleep at night. Some toddlers DO still need naps until they are older....but many times they stop needing them, and they show you by not sleeping through the night.

If you do want to try to make her take her naps, give them to her earlier and do not let her go past 1 1/2 hours.

You are her mom. you know best if it is time to stop napping. So does she, and it sounds clear to me she is trying to tell you she doesn't need them. There may be days where she still does, and you will know.

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