What a relief to see I'm not the only one. My DD stopped napping at 2 years old much to my dismay. She is 2 1/2 now and like your daughter come 5PM or so she was a maniac because she was over tired. I kept getting advice from anyone I asked about this to make her have quiet time instead so she at least gets some relaxation in. So now around 2PM (her old nap time that I miss so much lol) she often goes in her room on her, puts on her bedtime CD of lullabies by Bob Marley for kids and sits in her rocking chair with her blankie and some books. She'll sit there for a good 30-40 mins quietly unwinding and its helped out immensely. On days that she doesn't want to do that I let her lay in my bed and allow her to watch a half hour show, a few times here and there she's actually fallen asleep like that. As long as she's sleeping 12-14 hrs at night and gets some quiet time I bet she'll do much better come 5PM :) Good luck!
at 11:02 PM on Jan. 23, 2011