Should I stop putting my toddler down for a nap if she's not sleeping at night?

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angelsparks

Asked by angelsparks at 5:22 AM on Nov. 25, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • i would try out the no nap thing. just see how it works... as kids get older they dont need that nap...

    also when it gets close to bed time, slow all activity down...nothing to excite her or want to keep her awake... after my son gets his bath, its chill time... no t.v. no snacks no hard core playing. we might read a book or something..... gl
    JuLiAnSmOmMy317

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 5:24 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Limit food and drink before bed (we don't let our kids have anything 2 hours before bed). She could just be restless from the sugar. Also, my middle child stopped taking naps at 3 years old. He would take them on occassion but not regularly. When he took naps, it was SO HARD to get him to sleep. You might just have to give up the nap...
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 9:55 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I feel your pain. My own 3.5 year old DD is doing the same thing. We have changed her nap up a bit though. She used to go down for her nap at 2 and sleep until 4. Now I lay her down around 12:30 and she'll take a 2 hour nap.

    It's only been 3 weeks, but I have definitely noticed a difference. It takes her about 30-45 minutes to actually go to sleep, but she's not been coming in our room at all during the night anymore. She's gos to bed around 8 every night.

    I'm a firm believer in naps, but I won't force them. She still needs a nap..believe me. Try it and see if it works. I also think whoever is home with her during the day should have the final say in that decision.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • THIS IS ME!!!

    My dd is 3 and if I give her a nap during the day, even 30 min or 1 hour...she wont go to sleep until 10:00 or 11:00......if she skips naps...she passes out tired at 7:00, but then she wakes up early...

    Cant win......

    I am trying to change up my dd's schedule and kinda of "re-set" her clock.... ;)
    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 2:06 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I'm with your mom.

    My two both gave up naps around 2 1/2 years old. We made the decision to give them up when the kids had trouble falling asleep at night. Once we gave up their naps, they stopped struggling to sleep at bed time. It may take a little while for her body to adjust fully, but it sounds like she might be getting *too* much sleep with the nap and night combined. Try shortening her nap or giving it up. Today my two are in bed between 8 and 8:30 and sleep until 6:30-7am.
    ldmrmom

    Answer by ldmrmom at 3:12 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child, By Dr. Marc Weissbluth, was what I used when trying to figure out my sons sleeping issues. It gives you enough inforamation to know what is the best sleep for oyur child. It was recomender by his doctor while we were taking him to Childrens Hospital
    CountessMommy

    Answer by CountessMommy at 3:41 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • quit giving her naps
    MarshaB702

    Answer by MarshaB702 at 7:39 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I have a couple solutions for you. First, yes stop giving her a nap, my step children's Mom give's them a nap, then complains when they don't fall asleep for awhile. My boyfriend and I do not give them naps, and they fall asleep almost instantly. Also, if you want to continue with the naps, give her a bubble bath right before bed using baby shampoo with Lavender in it, when she gets out put lavender lotion on her including her face, this will relax her to the point that she will have to fight to stay up. Since we have three children that all sleep in the same room, if all of them are wide awake we shut the light off and allow them to watch tv while laying down to make them relax. Otherwise if two out of three are sleeping, we leave the third child to lay there with a night light intel he or she falls asleep. I hope this helps out, it helps all three for us.
    =)
    Rachel_88

    Answer by Rachel_88 at 4:24 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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