What should I do if my toddler refuses to nap?

I read that toddlers stop taking naps at 4 or 5 years of age but my son who is not even 2 yet will NOT sleep during the day any more. I don't know what to do. He is in his crib right now for the second time today and all he is doing and does do is talk to himself and once he gets bored of that he starts fussing. I feel like he's not getting the proper ammount of sleep. During the night he sleeps from 8 p.m. until (this morning) 6:30 a.m. He used to sleep until 7.... I don't know what's going on with him and if anyone has gone through this with their toddler please help me out? Any advice would be apriciated. Thank you.

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my.pride.joy

Asked by my.pride.joy at 2:24 PM on Jan. 12, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Mine stopped taking them when she got close to 3. How far into 2 is he? What I did was just make her go to bed earlier.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 2:26 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • PLAY SOME SOOTHING MUSIC, THE KIND YOU WOULD USE FOR MEDITATION. THIS IS WHAT ONE DAYCARE I KNOW OF DOES, THEY TURN THE LIGHTS DOWN MAKE IT COZY AND PLAY THE MUSIC, IT WORKED EVERY TIME.
    older

    Answer by older at 2:29 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • try moving his nap time earlier. sometimes they get overly tired and that makes them fussy and hyper. Good luck!
    Glowing4Caleb

    Answer by Glowing4Caleb at 2:31 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • My son isn't even 2 yet. He will be June 26th
    my.pride.joy

    Answer by my.pride.joy at 2:40 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • If he acts wild or cranky in the afternoon and evening, he still needs that nap. If he doesn't act that way, then he may be ready to drop it.
    Try moving his nap time.
    Keep a close eye on him and put him down if you notice he gets quiet. Once he is yawning and rubbing his eyes, it's too late.
    Put a light in his room on a timer. Teach him that he needs to stay in bed until the light comes on. Or put music on a timer and he stays put until the music ends.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:45 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • maybe you should check his sugar intake? or maybe he just doesnt need a nap. There is no set age that says nap time is over. Its mainly up to you as the parent. Is he really tired by bedtime? If he acts fine just a bit tired I would say he doesnt need it. His body and mood will tell you better then anyone. But I would deffinatly check the sugar. He could be getting more then even you realize, between cereal and juice and stuff. My 5 year old grew out of naps for a while, not needing them at all for a good year and a half when she was like 3. But now that she has started school she comes home and takes a small nap by herself.
    MeganLSBartz

    Answer by MeganLSBartz at 2:46 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • Some kids need less sleep. I have a brother that has only slept for 6 hours or less a day since he was 18mo old, he's 26 now. One of my daughters stopped taing naps at 24 mo, and will only sleep for 8 hours at night. There is nothing wrong with her. Every child is different, no 2 children are alike. Just as most adults either need more or less than the "recomnded" amount of sleep, children do to.
    MarshaB702

    Answer by MarshaB702 at 3:28 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • My son will stay up until 5 p.m. then fall asleep for a few hours from sheer exhaustion and has been like that since he was about 18 months old, he's 25 months now. If he doesn't want to take a nap I make him have quiet time. He usually will fall asleep in the car or if he's taken on a long walk, he walks but I take the stroller just incase. If he's not completely worn out there's no way he'll go to sleep. Some children drop their nap at a very early age, it's normal just replace it with quiet time, playing in their room or reading books, so you can still get things done.
    afeggan

    Answer by afeggan at 3:28 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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