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Old 10-17-2009, 04:21 PM
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2.5 year old refusing to nap? Any tips?

So we moved Nicholas to a big boy bed a month ago. At first went ok. Now he is completely refusing to nap. I battle with him for 1.5 hours to try to go to sleep and usually ends up not napping. I know he still needs it because he is a little monster without it. And it doesn't make him go to bed any earlier either!

His usual routine...
Up by 7:30-8
Naps (when they worked) 1:30 or 2 to 3ish
Bedtime 8:30 (but lately hasn't been falling asleep til 9)- bedtime goes better. Still takes about 30 minutes of in/out, more drink, potty, hugs, etc. But he does go to sleep.

We are constantly busy, he eats pretty good, etc. He is soooo active! Hardly watches any tv, except a little bit here and there and after his bath.

We need his naps to get back on track for both of our sanities!

I am reading book after book and internet to find solutions.

Anyone have a method that really worked well?

I tried the whole supernanny deal of putting back to bed without talking to him, etc. But that doesn't work either.

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Old 10-17-2009, 04:26 PM
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My oldest went through a phase around that age that he wouldn't nap either. I finally gave up, because it wasn't worth the fight. He started napping again around 3 or so, he still whines when its nap time, but he usually falls asleep pretty quickly. He also went through probably 6 months recently that he wouldn't fall asleep at night til midnight or later. He'd just sit in bed and have conversations with his stuffed animals Thankfully his brother rarely woke up due to that (they share a room).

Good luck, I hope he starts napping again soon!
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Old 10-17-2009, 04:50 PM
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My daughter is almost 3 and has gone through phases like this as well. Sometimes it takes forever to get her to fall asleep, and sometimes she falls asleep right away

Maybe you should try starting nap a bit earlier than usual. I know for my daughter if she goes beyond the point of tired it's harder for her to fall asleep. Does that make sense?

Also I read only 2-3 books. I always finish with the SAME book too. It's a large collection of 5 minute stories. She knows this routine, and she knows after the "big book" it's time for sleep.

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Old 10-17-2009, 06:21 PM
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My son did that, too, probably around the same age. But, we didn't move him to a crib until he was about 1.5-2 months shy of 3. We just weren't ready until then, and he never made any attempt to get out, so we didn't bother. But we didn't want to wait too long b/c I was pregnant, so...
Anyway, I would just put him in his crib and tell him that I couldn't *make* him nap, but that he would still need to stay in his room and have "quiet time" for about 2 hours. And since he couldn't go anywhere, it worked Could you try quiet time instead? He may wind up crawling into bed and napping anyway, if he thinks it's HIS idea.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:54 AM
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Both of my boys stopped napping at 2!!! But they went to bed earlier once they stopped!

Sorry I am no help!
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:48 PM
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So far, five of them did the same thing. They hit 2-2.5 and that was it. Then they would nap as they got closer to 3. It must be sme right of passage thing. Oy, toddlers.

I fully anticipate Emaan doing the same thing.
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Old 10-18-2009, 02:27 PM
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My 3 year old loves his nap time. However, bed time is challenging. We finally had to put a lock from the outside in so he would stay in his room and fall asleep (since this would go on until 11pm).
We rarely do this at nap time because he does not fight us until the evening. I felt guilty at first but we spent about 2 hrs a night just trying to get him to sleep. He learned real quick that he can't get out the process has become so much easier. We often do not need to lock it now since he has learned.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:48 PM
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Thanks guys! I have read so many message boards etc and have realized its the age!

I finally broke down this weekend and told him he didn't have to nap, but he must have quiet time. I gave him the choice, nap in his room or watch a movie on my bed (but not with me in there). Both days he fell asleep for almost 1.5 -2 hours in there!! Wooo hooo. I never wanted to give in to stuff like that, but I realized I'd rather have him nap than not and if it takes a few minutes of a movie and not fighting him about it... ABSOLUTELY!!

Yup, toddlers are not my fave

We also put a new doorknob on his room with the lock on the outside and tried that, but he screams! I think it is the same as the crib got to be, he didn't like being "locked" in anymore.
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:57 PM
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Sounds like you had some good success! My daughter is almost 5 and just recently gave up naps. She still needs them some days though since she seems to be overtired by 6 pm but will NOT go to be early. She knows her bedtime and is quite anal about it.

She never really went through a phase where she was absolutely refusing to take a nap but would sometimes fuss about it. I quit calling it "nap" and started calling it "quiet time" where she had the option of playing quietly IN her bed w/ toys or books. She always falls asleep. Most days she just wants a story and she's out.

I also am quite quilty of "bribery" - "If you take a good nap, you can have __________ ". THat usually did the trick too.

Good luck, I think I got lucky w/ naps
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:06 PM
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I believe the key is having them stay in their room, and have quiet time. Even if they don't nap for a while (it could be weeks), when they start napping again, they have not lost the habit of being in their room for 1.5-2 hrs, and they resume where they left off.

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