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Little ones dropping day sleeps

Sleeping childJust wondering when your lo stopped having their midday naps?

  • My son has just turned 2 and is not napping some days, I don’t ‘fight’ it anymore but do promote an hour of quiet time where I leave room darker and either read books, quiet play or watch a movie/TV or go we go for a walk in pram.. Bianca
  • My son is 3.5 and I’ve only just stopped him from having a day sleep. He would love to still have one but if he does (no matter how long or short), he can’t get to sleep until 8.30/9pm at night (then he’s up at 5am). If he doesn’t have one he is asleep in bed by 6.30pm and wakes around 6-6.30am. It’s hard as some days he is so tired and throws tantrums is hypo etc. He sometimes even begs me to have a sleep. Lol. If we aren’t out and about we have “rest time”, where we both sit and relax for an hour reading books or just resting. Melissa
  • Our son (just turned 3) still has a sleep most days- we leave it up to him though. So we read a story and then leave him to go to sleep, if he doesn’t sleep we ask him to stay in there for 45 ish minutes to just have some calm/quiet time. He’s a boy that does not stop moving from sun up to sun down- and he actually really loves his quiet time, reading, singing etc. We figure he’ll let us know when he’s ready. Lauren
  • My son is 2 and just before he turned 2 he started fighting it and now at 2 and 2 months we have no more day sleeps but earlier bedtime which suits our family Amanda
  • Around 2years 2 months…she still liked the occasional one, now at 2.5 it’s a definite no! Belinda
  • Mine is coming up to 3 next month and has just started to stop his naps. Still has a daycare but not at home. Much to my annoyance Nic
  • My 3 nearly 4 yr old still has naps some days. Kate
  • My daughter is 3yrs 1 month and still naps every day for around 1hr & half and sleeps all through the night. Jamielee
  • My daughter will be turning 3 years old this Thursday. She stopped having daytime naps when she was 2 years 4 months old, because I find that when she naps she tends not to sleep during the night. What we have done to replace daytime naps/sleeps during the day (depending on the day) with a quite movie together or a little play out the backyard or let her have her own time with doing some drawings while I read a book. And because she no longer naps/sleeps during the day, it also means she goes to bed early, so early dinner as a family 5:30pm, than has daddy/daughter time with her father for an hour, has a bath and is in bed asleep by no later than 7:30pm. Macey
  • Pretty much at 2 yrs with number 1 and heading that way with my 2nd who is exactly 2 now. Lynne
  • our son is 2 n a half and he still has day sleeps. He needs it as he’s so active Rita
  • Around 2n a half years old wen they went into a big bed Jasmine
  • Before she turned 3. If she had them then she’d be up until 9-10pm Melissa
  • My son is 3 and 3 months and still sleeps 2 – 3 hours every day except the 1 day he goes to preschool and sleeps 12 hours at night. Kylie
  • My son hasn’t napped since around 1yro. Between 3mo and 1yr he didn’t really nap so much as rest quietly with a movie Sam

was just after some advice on my nearly 3 year old possibly dropping her day sleep please?
Just wanting to know when you know it’s time? She fights day sleeps everyday and probably only does 2 day sleeps a week. I spend so much time trying to get her to sleep that we both end up agitated and upset. Only issue is come 3/4pm she’s hyperactive and overtired. I know there is a transition period but not sure if it’s her dropping her sleep or the fact we just moved house and states in the last 2 weeks, although she has been fighting day sleeps for awhile but not this stubbornly.

  • My son has just turned 2 and is not napping some days, I don’t ‘fight’ it anymore but do promote an hour of quiet time where I leave room darker and either read books, quiet play or watch a movie/TV or go we go for a walk in pram.. Bianca
  • Our son (just turned 3) still has a sleep most days- we leave it up to him though. So we read a story and then leave him to go to sleep, if he doesn’t sleep we ask him to stay in there for 45 ish minutes to just have some calm/quiet time. He’s a boy that does not stop moving from sun up to sun down- and he actually really loves his quiet time, reading, singing etc. We figure he’ll let us know when he’s ready. Lauren
  • My daughter will be turning 3 years old this Thursday. She stopped having daytime naps when she was 2 years 4 months old, because I find that when she naps she tends not to sleep during the night. What we have done to replace daytime naps/sleeps during the day (depending on the day) with a quite movie together or a little play out the backyard or let her have her own time with doing some drawings while I read a book. And because she no longer naps/sleeps during the day, it also means she goes to bed early, so early dinner as a family 5:30pm, than has daddy/daughter time with her father for an hour, has a bath and is in bed asleep by no later than 7:30pm. Macey
  • My 3yo gave them up about a month before his birthday. We do quiet time with a movie on while my 22mo and newborn nap. Emma
  • My son was the same seemed to so much need his day sleep but fought it and also started taking too long to go to sleep at night time that’s how I knew he no longer needed it. Although he gets tired at night he has become used to being awake all day and goes to sleep at night straight away. Alanna
  • Going through the same thing with my 3yo. I leave him to choose when he has a nap unless his eyes are red and he’s sooky then I put him to bed but he doesn’t usually fight it on those days. I also do dinner half hour earlier for everyone so start cooking at 4.30 it’s ready around 5pm and he’s in bed at 6pm when he hasn’t napped. Hope that helps but yes I do get the grumpiness around 3pm when he’s trying to put himself down for a nap which is where I take him outside and play bubbles or sit down and watch tv depending on what mood he’s in and wanting to do either way I have to give attention at that time and it seems to help Caro
  • I would drop it. Most kids want to drop it around 2-3yro. In place of a sleep, have quiet time after lunch. Sit down with a book or a movie. Make it part of the daily routine to have that quiet time together and it should help with the 4pm monster stage. My 2.5yro has quiet time that he sits and draws in while watching a movie when my 1yro naps after lunch. Sam
  • Give her a bath at the 3-4 witching hour to refresh her. Melissa

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