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11/06/2013 at 22:58
do your 2 year olds have a daytime sleep? If so how long and what time do they go to bed on an evening? My 2 year old still has a 2 hour sleep everyday, usually from 12.30pm till 2.30pm and goes to bed on an evening any time between 8.30pm & 9.30pm. I'm thinking its too late on an evening should I try to cut out his daytime sleep? Not sure how I do that as he would just fall asleep on his own
12/06/2013 at 06:12
N still was having a 2 hour nap up until he started school, has always gone to bed at 7pm as well, A is only 20 months at the moment, he also has 2 hours at lunch time, and goes to bed at 7pm as well. Some children need naps more than others, I found mine were really grumpy if they missed a nap, so I encouraged it. Maybe try and do a wind down earlier and try and put him down earlier.
12/06/2013 at 06:47
Phoebes still has a long nap, over 3 hours unless i wake her. Bedtime is 6.30-7.30 and its never a problem x
12/06/2013 at 06:48
Isla's a bit younger at 19 months but she has a two hour nap also. She has to have hers in the morning as she can't get through the day without one but when she sleeps in the afternoon she won't go down at 7. She naps 9am -11 ish if we're out in the afternoon she may fall asleep in the car too but I try not to let her.
12/06/2013 at 07:03
O has a two hour nap and it means he goes to bed at 9pm. If he doesn't have a nap, he gets really grumpy and starts falling asleep around 5:30-6pm.
12/06/2013 at 07:23
A still has an afternoon nap, tends to be 1.5 hours on nursery days and 2-3 hours on home days. He goes to bed at 8 at the latest, waking around 7ish.
I'm very encouraged to see so many two year olds, and older, still napping, I'll be distraught when he drops it!
12/06/2013 at 07:34
Mine sleeps if we have been out in the car, or we sit and and have a cuddle on the sofa with a DVD in the afternoon. He doesn't nap in bed anymore. Yesterday he was over-tired as he fell asleep on the way home from Tesco earlier in the mornng so didnt sleep in the afternoon. Sometimes he doesnt nap at all and it doesnt matter, but he does have a quiet time still. He normally is asleep 7.30/8 until morning, which can be 6-7am.
12/06/2013 at 08:20
Thanks everyone I'm glad to hear others are having day time sleeps too, I don't really want to stop his sleep as I think it's important for him. I will start to do wind down earlier on an evening to see if I can bring his bedtime earlier
12/06/2013 at 08:51
J usually goes down for a nap at 11:00, and I sometimes have to wake him up at 14:45 to go and pick C up. He goes to bed between 7/7:30, and wakes up at 7.
C had stopped having daytime naps by this age, so I am enjoying each nap time before it stops.
12/06/2013 at 09:02
My daughter still had naps at 2 and a half. It was only the nursery that encouraged the naps to stop as she was changing rooms. But it did improve her ability to get to sleep in the evening - she'd be tired at 7pm but still bouncing around at 8.30 (very frustrating at the time as we had to stay in the room with her until she went to sleep). We found that less sleep in the day helped her to get off in the evening. You could try reducing the amount of time asleep during the day and see how you get on.
For a while she was not napping at nursery (3 days a week) but having a nap at home on the other days.
I can't remember the recommended amount of time they're supposed to have asleep at that age but its quite high still. If the evenings are bothering you then restrict the daytime naps, if they're not bothering you stick to what works for now.
I have to say that those friends whose children stopped napping in the day at an early age complained about poor behaviour, etc caused by tiredness.
12/06/2013 at 20:04
L dropped his nap just after he turned 2. He sleeps at night from 7/7.30 to 6.30/7. If we let him sleep in the day we generally can't get him down much before 9 at night, though every week or so he seems to need a catch up and has a short nap, and he'll need one if he's ill. We also have to make sure he has a bit of 'down' time, either in the pushchair / car or half an hour TV at some point in the day or he does seem tired, but he doesn't want to sleep just have a break.
I was gutted when he dropped it so young, F dropped hers at 28 months (just after L was born) and that felt too early
They're all different so, unless you want a child free evening, then go with what's working for you
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