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How ca n i get my 19 month old 2 stop fighting his naps???

he hasent been taking any naps and i know hes tired and he really needs his naps or hell be a grump all day ive tried everyhing i can think of but nothings working i would really appriciate ur input thanks

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kristenvalenti

Asked by kristenvalenti at 2:24 PM on Mar. 4, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • my son refused naps at that point..he would be so hateful but bedtime was so easy! .. if he would take a nap he would be up all night!! so i am okay not letting him take naps anymore!
    3HappylKidds

    Answer by 3HappylKidds at 2:28 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • I had the same issue. No more naps because they were a massive hassle or else bedtime was. Now, bedtime is much easier, sleep through the night is better and over time, our days got a lot better. My daughter is going to be 3 pretty soon but we've been off the naps for more than a year. Every child is different.

    That said, major physical activity in the morning might help with a quiet time that hopefully swings into a nap might work.
    Nonoluna

    Answer by Nonoluna at 2:31 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • How long has he been rejecting his nap (I assume he's taking one nap not two)? About 2 months ago my son also started fighting his nap like crazy. He really needed it, but would just bounce around his crib babbling and whining. I found 2 things worked:

    1) I could still rock him to sleep. This was an emergency tactic only. He's usually good about falling asleep unaided and I didn't want to un-do all that progress. BUT I also knew that when he's really sleep deprived, he doesn't sleep as well at night or during naps. Counter-intuitive, I know, but true.

    2) Give it time. Just keep the routine going and insist on naps or at least quiet time. I'm still not sure what threw him off, but after a few weeks, he just started taking naps again. Guess I'll never know what happened, but at least he's napping again.
    Sebbiemama

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 8:57 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

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