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How long does your toddler nap for?

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Givemecaffeine21 Tue 20-Jan-15 12:52:05

DS is 19 months and has a 2 hour nap in the day between 12.30-2.30 but for weeks now he is not sleeping well at night - we're in three or four times every night giving him his 'bunny' (comforter), tucking him back in etc. Switched to a duvet from a sleeping my bag but it hasn't changed anything.

My DD started messing around at that age and never stopped; we cut her naps at 22 months and sleep resumed. She would still nap now otherwise and just not sleep at night. It literally went on for months I seem to recall until we binned naps and now she never wakes.

I'm feeling sleep deprived again. He wake up several times just whinging, never genuine upset, but loud enough, and then it just happens on and off. I suspect too much daytime sleep?

DixieNormas Tue 20-Jan-15 13:00:30

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Givemecaffeine21 Tue 20-Jan-15 13:09:19

That's the other thing - he used to just conk out at bedtime but now he's up for an hour kicking the cot and loudly chatting, he'll often wake at 4-5am and ask for milk, but it's less hunger and more 'It's morning!' I feel, as if we put his music on he will go back to sleep til wake up time. He's exhausted today having been up loads last night. Napping now but I'll only give him an hour and see if it helps tonight.

Eminado Tue 20-Jan-15 14:42:30

18mo dd here also waking up just to see how we are, stroke my face, have a chat, etc.


I am not ready to cut nap just yet - I need them! - but agree with limiting the time.

Is this a sleep regression? When does it end?! I am soo tired. And I had gotten used to sleeping through the night again!

Givemecaffeine21 Tue 20-Jan-15 15:24:13

There is an 18 month sleep regression, which is what I thought it was, but this has gone on for several weeks now and from experience with DD it didn't stop til the naps did. He's had an hour only today so we'll see. Means I have a 1.5 year old and 2.5 year up most of the day with barely a minute to eat lunch, but such is life sad

MrsNuckyThompson Tue 20-Jan-15 15:26:22

My DS is 22 months and still has 2 hours from 1-3 every day.

At around the same time you are talking about, he had an AWFUL period, where I was just about wrangling him into bed at 8.30 and he was up at 5.30 or so. I really thought it was the end of day time nap. Except he was so tired during the day...

I stuck it out for a while longer and lo and behold we're back to normal again. And actually if for any reason he doesn't get his full 2 hours in the day, he's in terrible shape for sleep that night. The whole sleep begets sleep thing. I'd advise sticking it out a bit longer.

Givemecaffeine21 Tue 20-Jan-15 19:06:53

Cut to an hour today and he's been utterly miserable but gone to bed and straight to sleep, no messing. I won't be cutting it out, but I think it needs to be cut down a bit.

bagofsnakes Tue 20-Jan-15 20:28:39

That's the same amount of sleep DS had at that age and to me it seems about right. He could be teething and that's why he's fussing? Or just going through a weird sleep phase, as they do! He is now 2.7 and still naps for 1.5 hours most days and sleeps like a champ at night.

neversleepagain Tue 20-Jan-15 21:39:19

2.3 - 2-2.5 hours from 1-3:30.

Artandco Tue 20-Jan-15 21:45:02

Ds2 is 3. He naps 2-4pm daily still

Pengyquin Tue 20-Jan-15 21:46:19

2.3 yr old here..naps for 2-3 hours a day and still does 11 hours at night grin

CalpolOnToast Tue 20-Jan-15 21:55:20

22 month DS used to sleep 2.5 to 3 hours straight after lunch but he's cut that down to 1-1.5 hours over the last month. He misses out on a nap if we go out for the day and he's whingy from late afternoon but ok about going to bed. Sleeps through about half the time regardless of whether he's had a nap or not!

CalpolOnToast Tue 20-Jan-15 21:55:59

Forgot to say, he does 12-13 hours at night

phoenixrose314 Tue 20-Jan-15 21:58:46

DS is 22 months... He sleeps for around 45 mins to 1 hour at home... at nursery, however, he will sleep between 2-3 hours.


DixieNormas Tue 20-Jan-15 22:00:21

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FatPatricia Tue 20-Jan-15 22:01:43

DSS 19months when with us has 1 hour in the afternoon and sleeps from 7.30pm - 9-10am, when with his mum is apparently not allowed to sleep in the day so he goes to bed earliershock

Plonkysaurus Tue 20-Jan-15 22:02:39

22mo DS does about 1.5 hours ish just after lunch, and tends to go 12 hours at night. On a good night.

lotsofcheese Tue 20-Jan-15 22:11:13

DD is 20m & her sleeping is dreadful, am so sleep deprived I could weep.

She sleeps 12.30 till 2 at nursery, then I can't get her to bed till 8.30ish. She then is up at night but wants to sleep in during the morning.

I don't think she is ready to drop her nap but I will start limiting it. If I drop it she will just fall asleep later in the day on the school run & it will make nights worse.i also have a 6 year old at school & my partner works away. So evenings/nights are horrendous.
I'm just hoping 's teething & things get better.

DixieNormas Tue 20-Jan-15 22:12:54

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lotsofcheese Tue 20-Jan-15 22:30:06

And I agree with you Dixie about earlier naps during the day - an hour about 11.30/midday seems to work best. Anything later makes bedtime really late .

DixieNormas Wed 21-Jan-15 07:38:40

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MiaowTheCat Wed 21-Jan-15 09:07:48

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Givemecaffeine21 Wed 21-Jan-15 09:45:00

So it has to be a sleep regression. He woke at 9.15pm having gone to bed at just before 7 and conked out. He yelled for a minute then stopped so I didn't end up going in. I went up to check before my bed at 9.45pm and he was sat up chatting away all happy, sat up in bed.

I was exhausted and desperate for sleep. At 11pm we are woken by blood curdling screams, horror movie style. He's vomited everywhere. We had to bath him etc and poor little beggar was just beside himself as this is his first sickness that he's been 'aware' of iyswim. After much cuddling and soothing we put him back to bed and he conks out and I pretty much lay there all night in my room next door listening out. No more sickness but every hour or so he is awake chatting and burbling. He's developed a cough so we suspect he coughed a bit too much and was sick but tbh I was so exhausted what woke me was the hysterical screams.

So he doesn't seem at all ill but as per usual and despite a short nap, he's up every hour or so merrily chatting.

I can't go to a group today in case he does have a bug so I'm at home with two toddlers of 1.5 years and 2.5 years so tired I could cry, and have cried twice already. I can't sleep when he naps as DD no longer naps. Arghhhhhh!!!

lotsofcheese Wed 21-Jan-15 12:30:10

I do think illness has a lot to answer for with disordered sleeping; DD has been constantly ill for 3 months & has also been teething. I think she's just got out the habit of sleeping. We just bring her into bed at night when she cries, so we can all get some sleep. None of this sleep training lark - been there & bought the t-shirt.

Eminado Wed 21-Jan-15 12:40:20

So sorry OP! I feel so sorry for you, entirely feeling your pain. Just lie on the sofa perhaps?

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