When did your toddler stop napping?

(18 Posts)
Xmasbaby11 Mon 13-Jan-14 11:24:36

DD has just turned 2 and has a nap after lunch of around 1 hour. This has been the same since she was 1. She sometimes has the nap later, depending on our routine, but doesn't nap at home (only nursery / car / buggy). I have tried to get her to nap at home but with working full time and often being out and about at weekends, it's been hard to implement and easier if she naps when out and about.

DD2 is due next week and I'm wondering how much longer DD1 will need a daytime nap. I know there is probably massive variation, but I'm just curious!

MadameJ Mon 13-Jan-14 18:51:01

Dd2 has just turned 3 and still naps for 2 hours most days :-)

Xmasbaby11 Tue 14-Jan-14 09:27:03

Wow, that is tons! I guess some just need more than others!

Only1scoop Tue 14-Jan-14 09:29:48

Morning nap dropped about 14 months.... afternoon at about 26 months. No naps after that hmm

catkind Tue 14-Jan-14 09:36:16

DD is nearly 2 and is we think (devoutly hope!) in the process of dropping it. If she naps she can't get to sleep till 10pm, so something needs to give... Varies massively by child though. You could try just doing some quiet time and early to bed and see how she gets on.

ToddleWaddle Tue 14-Jan-14 09:40:30

2.6. Was probably going earlier than that but we were on denial!
Sleeping better at night since gone though.

kohl Tue 14-Jan-14 09:43:16

Dropped all naps at 2.

MrsHowardRoark Tue 14-Jan-14 09:43:20

My DD is 26 months and has a nap at home roughly every 4 days. When she does nap, she will for 2+ hours.

She will sleep in the car if we time it right.

UriGeller Tue 14-Jan-14 09:44:40

I have a nearly 3 year old who still naps most days, in the afternoon for an hour and a half.

If I'm lucky it co-incides with my 11month old dds afternoon nap and I get an hour or so.

I'm a stickler for naps as he's quite horrible in the evening if he hasn't had one. Bedtime is 8pm and he sleeps 12 hours at night

tobiasfunke Tue 14-Jan-14 09:46:33

23 months but then it was hard to notice as he only ever slept 20 mins a day (I am still bitter). A boy at his preschool was still taking a 2 hour nap at nearly 5.

kiwiscantfly Tue 14-Jan-14 09:48:21

DD is 3.0 and dropped her nap a month ago, but only because we made her give up the dummy. If she's tired, or sick, or if we're driving around at the right time she'll sleep. I'd happily have her still napping, but as she's about to start afternoon kindy, I guess it's not that good an idea.

Xmasbaby11 Tue 14-Jan-14 09:50:58

I was wondering if it had any impact on sleeping at night. DD usually sleeps 12 hours, sometimes a bit longer, so there's no problem with that.

I think I will see how she gets on with some quiet time on the days when a nap is difficult to fit in. I'm sure she will keep on with the nap when she's at nursery, 3 days a week. She has always had tons of stamina, even as a newborn, so I have been expecting her to drop the nap for ages now!

It's good to here the variation and that there's no 'normal'. DD has never fitted into the NSH napping guidelines, but she has almost always slept well at night and had lots of energy so I don't worry about it.

crazykat Tue 14-Jan-14 09:56:13

Dd1 dropped hers about 2 as did ds1, dd2 is 3 and is just starting to drop her nap now she's started nursery.

Twinsplusonesurprise Tue 14-Jan-14 09:56:38

Hey if she'll nap I'd say let her! My DDs are 2.6, don't nap at nursery only at home and I'm keeping the nap as long as possible. It's my only quiet time I get to spend with baby DS.
Even if DDs don't actually nap they go in their beds and have cuddles with toys and 'read'.
They can't quite manage the day without at least 45 mins.

UriGeller Tue 14-Jan-14 14:38:30

My bestest parenting skill i think is reading ds's mood and physically carrying him to bed if I think he needs a nap, regardless of whether he thinks he needs one or not !

Seeline Tue 14-Jan-14 14:40:20

Both mine stopped all day time naps at 18 months (unless they dropped off in the car). One slept well, the other never slept well regardless of number or length of naps.

lilyaldrin Tue 14-Jan-14 14:40:59

Stopped napping daily (2-3 hours) just after his 3rd birthday as he went to nursery school. Still naps occasionally now at 3.5 though.

lilyaldrin Tue 14-Jan-14 14:42:34

When he was napping in the day he slept through about 10-11 hours at night (so 12-13 hours in total), once he stopped napping in the day he started sleeping 12 hours every night.

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