my son is 3. He has always takin good naps, sometimes 3 or more hours in the afternoon. the last couple weeks his naps have been starting later, normally around 1, now they are getting close to 2:30 and he will sleep till almost 5. so that is a pretty descent nap right... BUT he wakes up from his nap extremely cranky and refuses to use the potty when he wakes up and throws a tantrum about it. ALSO recently he has been goin to bed alot later. used to be between 8and 8:30, now it 's 9 or later. by they way, he wakes up in the morning shortly after 7. do you think this is a sign i should let him skip his nap? and just do an hour of quite/rest time or something?
i think tomorrow I will try it and see what happens. if he gets cranky in the evening because he doens't nap then i guess i wil know for sure.
i also have a 3 month old so i hate to give up his naptime, but i also very much hate the cranky after nap thing he been doing and the fact he been goin to bed soo late. it's hard to get him in bed at a descent time when my 3 month old doens't want to go to sleep till after 9 too. won't complain there tho..... she usually sleeps all night till like 7.
so it's been a a week or more since i made this post. not so much struggle anymore, but he is still a pill. on tuesday we were out of town most the day and he took a very short nap..like 30 min on way home. did fine. so teh next day, i decided to try some quiet time instead of forcing a nap. he sat quietly in his bed and read like half a book and fell asleep.
today, i did the same thing, and once he started gettin tired he laid back and i heard him hit his book on the wall by accident and i checked on him and he said he was ready to lay down. yesterday he slept till after 4:30 again...and was less cranky.. i think this seems to work better for him and iwill continue it till it doesn't seem to work well. i think he needs that little bit of time before laying down to relax and calm himself. i like to read to him too, but sometimes he would rather read to himself(or look at pics, rather) so this is what we do now!