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is this...*gulp* the end of naps?

My son is a little over 2 1/2. Lately his 3-4 hour naps have become 1- 1.5 hour naps if I get him in his room at all. And because of his short nap he is ready for bed an hour earlier than usual. It's an hour passed his usual naptime and he is showing some signs he could use a rest so I'll try in a bit. But does it sound like that time is near? No more naps?

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Asked by Owl_Feather at 3:10 PM on Oct. 29, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • i bumped you i wanna know this too my daughter is going through the same thing

    Answer by LiLMAMA421 at 3:11 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • Wow, consider yourself lucky. My son only sleeps an hour nap and goes to bed at 9, wakes up at 6:30.... also 21/2

    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 3:13 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • My son just turned 2 last month. His ONE daytime nap can range anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. Anything over that, I actually get nervous, heh. I think it sounds like your son might resist napping, but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't need them anymore. If you can get him to nap an hour at a time, I think you should continue. Especially since you say he wants to go to bed earlier at night when he misses his nap or when he has a short nap...

    Answer by Anouck at 3:15 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • Try a quiet time every day and then he might nap sometimes. My two gave up naps at age 2.

    Answer by elizabr at 3:16 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • My son gave up naps when he was about a year old. Consider yourself lucky yours still takes them. Mine will only take a nap if we take a two hour car ride. He's 3 now, and never naps. Sometimes he'll stay awake through three and four hour car rides. (unfortunately, cause he gets grumpy when he gets bored.)

    Answer by BisketLiss at 3:19 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • I think my 2 year has given up taking regular naps, but I refuse to give up just yet! I try to get him to take quiet time (at least an hour) in hope that he'll fall asleep, but at least he has some down time even if he doesn't sleep. There are only a few books and a stuffed animal or two in his room, so it's either quiet play or sleep--his choice. His bedtime is about an hour earlier than it used to be. I keep hoping the novelty of his new bed will wear off and he'll nap again. He's always been one to fight sleep though; I guess he doesn't want to miss anything. I'm definitely jealous of people who have 3 or 4 year olds that still nap consistently. I thought this was way too soon to give them up, and I think he actually still NEEDS them and just isn't taking them.

    Answer by pam19 at 3:21 PM on Oct. 29, 2010

  • What's better, napping during the day or sleeping longer at night? Just curious.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 8:53 AM on Oct. 30, 2010

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