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To think this is odd timing for a 2nd b. day party?

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pleasethanks Sun 23-Sep-12 19:31:45

The party is for a 2 year old. Pretty much all the children attending are 2ish (and parents obviously!). The party is at 1.45 to 3.45.

Maybe IABU, but I thought pretty much all 2 year olds would be napping at some point in that window?!

Yes, it is not a huge issue, I know that, but it just seemed a bit funny timing to me. I am not relishing waking up DD early from her nap to take her to a party where she will get over excited!

purplehouse Sun 23-Sep-12 19:34:13

Mine didn't sleep in the day when they were 2. Could that be it?

UniS Sun 23-Sep-12 19:34:55

some will be BUT the birthday child probably fits nicely in that window for their waking and happy time....

kinkyfuckery Sun 23-Sep-12 19:35:13

My DD1 was a morning sleeper and my DD2 had stopped napping long before that point woe is me

Someone would have had a problem no matter what time they picked.

THETrills Sun 23-Sep-12 19:36:01

I thought you were going to say it was 7pm-9pm or something.

AllDirections Sun 23-Sep-12 19:36:04

Each of my 3 DC had well and truly given up their daytime naps by the time they were 2.

RaisinDEtre Sun 23-Sep-12 19:36:56

er not unusual, in fact pretty lovely timing, not too late finishing which can be a KILLER

make sure your child has an early ish lunch, pull her nap forward, then off you go

alternatively, decline?

cory Sun 23-Sep-12 19:37:01

Toddlers nap at different times, depending on their different sleep patterns. Dd always used to nap between 11 and 1 so this would have been perfect for her.

If I was planning a party for 2yos, I would be aware that probably it wouldn't fit in with the sleeping/eating patterns of all the invitees, so I would be concentrating on the birthday child and what would be best for them. A bit miserable to be overtired on your own birthday.

Mydogsleepsonthebed Sun 23-Sep-12 19:37:14

Neither of mine would have had a nap at that time in the afternoon. They went down around 12.30 and would have been up again by 1.30

BertieBotts Sun 23-Sep-12 19:37:26

Mine didn't, he used to nap from 11-1. Most of my friends with children of that age group are napping at lunchtimeish.

StealthPolarBear Sun 23-Sep-12 19:37:33

Why do most people have the routine that their children nap after lunch? Why isvthat the convention?

pleasethanks Sun 23-Sep-12 19:39:54

Fair enough, just everyone I know (possibly not birthday boy though!) with a 2 year old seems to have their nap from 12 onwards at the earliest (and yes they all still nap).

I am afraid I can't really pull forward her nap as she will only sleep when she is ready IYKWIM.

Any other parties I have been at have been about 10ish. As are all playgroups. Etc. Everything normally finishes up around 1130 at latest.

pleasethanks Sun 23-Sep-12 19:40:42

Stealth Because that is when my DD gets tired. It used to be 1030 at 1 year old but has slowly moved back. Her doing, not mine.

halloweeneyqueeney Sun 23-Sep-12 19:41:43

all 2 YOs nap at the same time? news to me! mine didn't nap at that time every day at 2

and whenever arranging a play date one or other of our kids would have an unpredicted nap at what ever time it was arranged for so I really don't think many children are that predictable

whatever time a 2YOs party is it'll be SOMEONE'S nap time, so they might as well make it at a time that suits them

YABU to think that what suits or doesn't suit you applies to everyone else

besides with the fun of a party even those that do nap at that time will wanna stay awake to be part of it

and its a TWO HOUR window, how many 2YOs nap for two whole hours? not many I'ld say, so even if they are regular and that is aroudn their nap time they could go to the second hour?

THETrills Sun 23-Sep-12 19:42:01

Why isvthat the convention?

Is it because all day with a toddler with no break would be unbearable?

halloweeneyqueeney Sun 23-Sep-12 19:42:39

I have NEVER been to a kids party from 10-11.30! that's really early!

RaisinDEtre Sun 23-Sep-12 19:44:08

hahahha no WAY could I have been party-ready at ten am, either as host OR guest

pleasethanks Sun 23-Sep-12 19:44:32

Odd, must be my group of friends and all of DD's nursery class that tend to sleep from 1pm onwards!

We are going to go, just have to wake her early.

See, I don't think 10 is early. Not when most of us are up and on the go with toddlers from 8am on a good day!

pleasethanks Sun 23-Sep-12 19:45:20

I take it is okay to turn up a bit late to toddler party? Even an hour in?

halloweeneyqueeney Sun 23-Sep-12 19:47:05

yeah of course! there's always someone who cries and leaves early, just say, there's two whole hours to fill I'm sure they'll be glad of a new face to add a bit of excitement half way through!

RaisinDEtre Sun 23-Sep-12 19:48:07

no don't turn up late, that WOULD be rude

If you came an hour late to my toddler's party I would give you death-rays and brittle smiles*

And spit in your tea


*Thank fuck my toddler years are way behind me

Pascha Sun 23-Sep-12 19:48:29

Mine has a 2 hour nap anywhere between 11am and 3pm. I plan the nap around whats happening so a 1.45pm party wouldn't particularly faze us. He would just go down early. If the party was midday til 2pm he would just have a catnap on the way home I expect. At 2 he can cope quite well with the odd napless day.

halloweeneyqueeney Sun 23-Sep-12 19:49:56

"Not when most of us are up and on the go with toddlers from 8am on a good day"

ha ha ha ha ha!

I admire you if you are! but I've had no way enough coffee by then to be "on the go" if I'm home with a 2YO, luckily my play date contacts are the same and a suggestion of any meet up before noon would get shock faces!

MysteriousHamster Sun 23-Sep-12 19:53:22

All the kids' parties I've been to lately have been between 2 and half 4, largely down to the venue they were at - no one seemed to have a problem with it, but then my group of friends normally meet up at 2pm if we are doing afternoon get-togethers anyway.

You can't write off entire afternoons as suitable times just in case someone naps then.

Many will have given up naps, some will have morning ones and yes a few will still have an afternoon one - but it's impossible to please everyone!

Hope you have a lovely time.

halcyondays Sun 23-Sep-12 20:12:07

Ha, both mine stopped napping as soon as they turned two. They did get invited to two year olds' parties that were in the afternoon, it's not that unusual.

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