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Hi I’mm after advice, my 2 and half year old tries to push out his daytime sleeps but he still needs them (is extremely grumpy by 4 if he doesn’t have one) I feel like I have tried everything to get him to go down but quite often he is still fighting it after 2 hours. how do other mums deal with getting their kids off to bed? he is really good at night time its just his day time sleeps.


Posted by mom92866, 23rd February 2015


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  • With one of ours the reduction of nap times was one on alternate days, otherwise we had a very cranky almost uncontrollable 2 1/2 y.o. girl by lunch time the 3rd day. As she got a little older the gaps increased until she stopped her day sleeps completely. After she started school she occasionally had one afternoon one over the weekend. She would disappear to her room, we would check her a few minutes later, she would either be sound asleep or looking at a book looking rather dowsy.

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  • My sin is also 2 & a half, he has stopped having naps after he turned 1.
    We now just have some quiet time, sit back with some munchies and watch a movie etc.
    It tends to keep him happy for the rest of the day

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  • its a nice story to read

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  • it a a great and exellent story

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  • my son stopped having naps at age 1. even he doesn’t have a nap maybe try some ‘quite time’. Lie down on the bed or floor with his pillow and favourite blanket and some books and have story time or let him have a special movie time. I have found that even if they don’t sleep, just an hour of being quite still helps them.

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  • it really is that age hey. sometimes you can let it go and just bump the bed time up or at least just encourage some quiet time and see if he falls asleep anyway

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  • My daughter stopped having daytime naps when she was 1 year and 7 months old. At the beginning I tried to put her to sleep anyway, but to no avail. But she was happy, not grumpy at all. And she started going to bed earlier in the evening, sleeping then 12 hours in a row instead of 10. Are you sure your child is not grumpy because maybe you’d prefer him to sleep during the day and he can sense that?

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  • My two year old recently tried cutting out naps but still needed them. He is back to having a nap. We use a similar sleep routine as we do at night, drink, toilet,story and bed. I spent a week or so by his side encouraging him to roll over and close eyes. As this got easier I would move further out of the room to not being in there at all. He sometimes comes out and i just stand at the door and remind him its nap time, roll over and close your eyes.

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  • Our children rarely had daytime naps unless I read to them while I was laying down next to them. Everything was turned off (no tv, no radio) just me reading, or singing.. With lots of cuddles and strokes of their face and hair.. It always worked… I never got annoyed with them, and remained calm because if we are rushing them, 9/10 they just won’t do what you want.. Step back, keep everything calm, have no visitors in this time, and just relax with your child.. Once asleep, you are free for an hour or 2! :)

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  • I suggest they just have a quiet lie down with a book. Works surprisingly well.

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