Fighting Her Naps

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jb - March 7

My dd has always been a great sleeper. At night she goes down at 7am and she wakes up anywhere between 8am and 9am. Lately I have been lucky and it has been closer to 9am. Anyhow, today she outright REFUSED a nap. By dinner time she was paste. She couldn't keep her head up. I tried to shove as much food in her as possible, but she couldn't take it anymore. I quickly ran a bath since she needed one badly (darn pasta!!!). She was delightful and awake for the bath. After that I gave ger a bottle and off to bed she went (about 6pm). Is this a normal age range when our lo's dont want naps anymore?? She clearly needs to have at least one. I am not in panic mode about this yet, but I just want to be prepared...if thats possible.

 

cae - March 7

Ethan takes 1 nap a day anywhere from 1-2hr long, sometimes 3hrs. He rarely misses a nap, but when he does, if we are out and about, then he goes to bed very early too 6pm. When he does sleep early he sleeps from 6pm-6am.

 

kristie h - March 7

My son is 2 and still has a nap, but he tries to fight it and like your LO by the time dinner comes around he pa__ses out. What i do is about 1pm i put him in his cot and let him cry himself to sleep. I know many mums hate this mthod but my DS gets cranky and spitfull if he doesnt have the nap during the day. Its sad to hear him cry/scream himself to sleep but when he wakes up he is a much pleasant kid then if he had not had a nap. GL

 

jb - March 7

Thanks again, Kristie and Cae!! Krisite, how long does it usually take your ds to fall asleep if you let him cry. I tried that woth Bridget today and she would have none of it!! I let her cry for about 5-10 minutes, then went in and put her on her back again. Then I would let her cry another 5-10 minutes. All in all this lasted about 1/2 hour total and I think I was more wiped out than her!!

 

kristie h - March 7

Sometimes it can take up to 20 minutes for him to fall asleep. If it takes longer and i have gone in to see him a few times i will lay down with him on my bed till he falls asleep. If he starts to play i tell him he will go back into his cot, most of the time that little threat works but if he still wants to play and i know he is tired i put him back in his cot. If he crys/screams fo another 10 minutes i put on a DVD that he is interested in and he will the most likley fall to sleep watching it on the lounge as all the crying has warn him out. Sorry i am not much help.

 

kristie h - March 7

If you know she is tired the key is persistants in the end you will win and you LO will feel better for it after he nap .

 

cae - March 7

I agree with kristie. I know almost the exact time when Ethan will go down for a nap, even it he fights it. It usually late morning around 11:30 am, I change is diaper, give him a sippy cup, let him finish it, and then I tell him, "It's nap time", and give him a big kiss and lay him in his crib. Most times he will cry for about 2-3 minutes and out he goes. Sometimes he would cry up to about 10minutes, and then go right to sleep. We have been VERY persistant with him since he was like 4months,(hes 13months now) so he is very much use to it and knows the routine.

 

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