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05/02/2014 at 20:12
Hi, sorry I'm here again asking for advice!
For those with toddlers, how long do they nap for during the day? E (19 months) has had about an hour and a half nap for about the past 6 months and usually goes to sleep at night (7pm) with no problems. She naps during the day from 12-1.30 as if she sleeps later than this then it's a nightmare trying to get her to sleep at night.
For the past few weeks she's been a nightmare wherever sleep is involved, resisting going for A nap and going to sleep at night. It's started taking an hour to get her to go to sleep at night. Im wondering whether maybe need to cut her nap during the day to an hour but wasn't sure if that was enough of a nap for this age?
thanks for your help
05/02/2014 at 20:20
All toddlers are different...I know some of my friend's LOs are no longer napping but O (22 months) is still having a good 1-2 hrs every day from approx 11.30, and he's going 7pm-7am (ish) at night. We did go through a spell of bedtime battles a little while back buy he's now happily back to self settling. Could just be a phase?
05/02/2014 at 20:22
F is nearly 2 and for the last few months his daytime nap has been a bit hit and miss - more often than not he goes without a nap unless we're maybe in the car or sometimes if I'm shopping, for instance, he might fall asleep in the buggy. I tend to just follow his lead really, today he had a settling in session at nursery and kept rubbing his eyes when we got home so after his lunch I put him down for a nap. It wasn't without protest on his part but he eventually went off so I knew he was tired. Other days however he'll just try kicking his cot to pieces if I put him down!
I tend to work on the basis that if they're getting a good night's sleep of say 12 hours then they probably don't need a nap in the day. That said, they're all different.
05/02/2014 at 20:32
Thanks both! Coco, if it is a phase I hope it's a short lived one! I've tried increasing her activity during the day this week - we've been to a playgroup, to the park, a walk round the supermarket and to a friends to play but the only person it wore out was me!!! WG, she would usually sleep 7.30 (by the time she's fallen asleep) to 6.30 so an hours nap would be about right to make it 12 hours a day.
06/02/2014 at 00:06
Isobelle (just turned 2) usually has roughly 2 hours sleep for her afternoon nap (although she has less at nursery). She has been resisting it a bit recently so I've been wondering if I need to stop it but she's still so tired & all I usually have to do (once she's done her afternoon poo - which she'll only do once she's lying down in bed!) is stroke her face for a few verses of the wheels on the bus & she'll sleep for a few hours. So it seems they're all very different, hope it's just a phase for her, I know I'm dreading dropping the nap as it's the only chance I get to get work done without having to resort to Peppa! Good luck
06/02/2014 at 12:47
I think at this age they are all very different Disco still has a nap most days it can be anything from 30 min to 2 hours it is usually in the afternoon (2 oclock ish) but if he has been up early it is in the morning. He never fights nap time but I think that is because we only put him down for a nap whhen he shows signs of tiredness. Whn we tried doing it at set times it failed because he got cross if he flet he was missing out on something. maybe try follwing her lead (when possible) and putting her down for a nap when she shows signs of tiredness be it morning or afternoon
06/02/2014 at 13:33
06/02/2014 at 13:34
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