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How much "alone" play time do you give them a day??

My daughter will be 2 on Saturday and she hasn't been napping at her normal time (11:30am) she has been just playing in her room when she should be napping. I have tried taking her toys out of her room and she still finds ways to not nap. I let her play until she falls asleep which usually takes awhile a good hour or so. If she doesn't fall asleep within that hour I will let her out to play in the living room till she gets more tired or falls asleep playing out in the living room. SHould I feel bad letting her play alone for an hour in her room. BTW we have a monitor so I can hear her if she needs me. I also check on her every 10-15 minutes.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:11 PM on Jan. 15, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • no don't feel bad. My daughter does the same thing. She'll play in her bed until she falls asleep. I just keep checking on her about every 10-15 min.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:19 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • I think that sounds normal. We all need alone time, and I think it's good for her imagination to play by herself.

    Answer by mkemom519 at 2:29 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • My boys both go off to their bedroom at different times for hours sometimes. Sometimes they even disappear in there for hours together. I just constantly check on them. There is nothing worng with them having alone time. It gives them independence. I would seriuosly look at moving her nap a little later in the day.

    Answer by ilovemyboys2 at 2:54 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • My 2 year old daughter stays in her bedroom for 2 hours every afternoon whether she takes her nap or not! She is CONTENT playing in her room with her toys by herself and doesn't fuss about it. I think she actually really enjoys her alone time! I don't go in to check on her unless I hear something going on that shouldn't be or on the off-chance she cries.

    Most days she naps, but today she didn't...and she stayed in her room for 2 hours :)

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 4:06 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

  • Playing alone is a good thing. My oldest stopped napping daily just after turning two but since she had 2 younger siblings (1 and a baby at the time) I made her go in her room every day for "quiet time" which lasted an hour that way her siblings could sleep and I could get a break.
    She's still really good at being alone and doesn't need my constant attention.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 4:51 PM on Jan. 15, 2009

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