Is it ok for 21 month old to drop her nap?

(15 Posts)
Magicstars Sat 04-Jan-14 10:13:31

DD 21 month has been resisting going to sleep until about 10pm at night. DH and I feel we have no us time as a result and pretty much go to bed once she's asleep, having had no evening to chill.
She will usually sleep for a good two hours around 2pm (not before). We are lucky that she also wakes up late, around 8am, but sometimes up to an hour later (nice at weekends!).
We'd like her to go to bed earlier and don't mind the earlier wake up as a result. We are up for work b4 then most day anyway.
Yesterday we skipped her lunchtime nap and she was fine, then slept 8.30pm-8am, which was a result!
I'm worried though that she needs a sleep during the day (PFB), I read that children should have a nap until they start school. Obviously I don't want to do her any harm but changing her routine & am aware that if she is sleep deprived it may only start to show after a few days.
Has anyone else done this? Results?

leeanne6385 Sat 04-Jan-14 11:07:59

hi.i.can sympathise can i.add my 22 month old dont.sleep.during day now and she ok iv also got a 3 year old and 5 year old who.also.stopped napping in day from about 2 years i.prefer it as gives them more chance of sleeping all night if my 22 month old gets sleepy around tea time i just take her to garden to wake her up a bit smile smile

Magicstars Sat 04-Jan-14 11:40:52

Thanks leeane

Magicstars Sat 04-Jan-14 11:41:09

Sorry leeanne

my2bundles Sat 04-Jan-14 18:11:56

There is no should when it comes to individual children. My first still napped at age 6, my youngest dropped his nap at 18 months. Do what is right for YOUR child and family.

StarlightMcKingsThree Sat 04-Jan-14 19:04:55

My children never had naps past 10 months. All 3 of them.

In fact my youngest has neither nap nor bedtime before 10pm at 18 months.

Chasdingle Sat 04-Jan-14 20:59:45

my ds dropped his regular nap at 18 months

fhdl34 Sat 04-Jan-14 21:06:25

My dd dropped her nap at 19 months after quite a few weeks of refusing it or fighting sleep till 9/10pm. Once I gave up trying to force her to nap, she slept anything between 11-13 hours per night. Now she only falls asleep in the day if she's ill or we're in the car/pushchair at the wrong time of day (3-4pm)

Magicstars Sat 04-Jan-14 21:43:56

That all sounds positive. Thanks everyone.

Ideally a baby should have an afternoon nap until around 2 years, it is good for their physical and psychological development. Your DD is almost two so perhaps wake her after 45 minutes during her afternoon nap so she sleeps earlier at night.

Fairylea Sun 05-Jan-14 19:58:06

Both of mine have been different - dd dropped naps at about 15 months and ds still has two long ones a day at 18 months and sleeps 7-7 too! I think you have to just be led by your dc. You know if they need it or not.

However if you want your evenings back why not try waking between 6.30/7 to start the day earlier and then hopefully she might be more tired for bed a little earlier.

bigkidsdidit Sun 05-Jan-14 20:07:45

I would do what fairylea says, I would wake earlier and do a nap at 12.30-2 ish. Then bed at 8 ish.

I have also read that naps are important. Also my two are so much happier and more peaceful when they've had enough sleep.

Showy Sun 05-Jan-14 20:11:07

My dd dropped all naps by 12 months and slept 10pm-7.30am only at night. She has just never needed as much sleep as most adults children. She was the sunniest, happiest child and clearly just doesn't need a lot of sleep. Her Dad is exactly the same.

bigkidsdidit Sun 05-Jan-14 20:14:57

Blimey, I had no idea. My ds1 still has two hours after lunch and sleeps 7-7 and he is three on Thursday. I remember us all having naps in the first year of primary, on the desks. I was going on that basis!

sarahloula Sun 05-Jan-14 20:46:14

My dd stopped napping at 18 months. Goes to bed at half 6 and sleeps for 12 hours.

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