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Pre-schooler dropping nap

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cappyboppy Thu 06-Nov-14 07:17:16

I know most children have dropped their naps by Pre-school age, but my daughter has always been a terrible sleeper.
She's now refusing to nap in the day (she's 3 yrs 2 mths). She screams and kicks when I pick her up to take her down to nap, shouting that she's not tired. She refuses to stay in bed. If I sit on the bed with her, she will eventually crawl back in and cover herself up, but I can be sat there an hour and she'll still not be asleep.
The problem is, that by 4pm she's exhausted. She's cranky and cries a lot and often won't eat dinner. Then at bedtime, she plays up and often wanders about saying she can't sleep (overtiredness). But here is the killer, because she doesn't eat dinner due to tiredness, she ends up waking up an hour early too, as well as the lack of nap and later bedtime.
We seem to be stuck in a vicious cycle at the moment, where she is getting less and less sleep, and is becoming more and more tired.
I'm not sure how to progress from here?

alien11 Thu 06-Nov-14 23:01:21

Hi my daughter is 3 yrs 1 month & hasn't napped for probably a year now I think. If she's had a tired day we have a chilled afternoon watching a film or reading books. If I want her to have a nap ( special later evenings-
Fireworks etc) I tell her she needs
To rest to have energy to go to the event.
Before dropping them completely I renamed them " chill out/rest time" I would explain she ll go to bed and lay down & I would come back in 10 minutes and if she's still awake she can join me. 99% of the time she was zonked!

Msvauxy Fri 07-Nov-14 00:51:46

Hi I'm new to this but omg I need help, my newborn is 15 days old and won't settel at night the only way she will sleep is on my chest. Any advise please will try anything. :0( help me someone I need sleep.

poocatcherchampion Fri 07-Nov-14 09:02:04

I'd stick out the no nap and bring bedtime earlier. she'll adjust

my 2.5yo is now going to bed at 6pm and is on her knees after 5 but we are battling through.

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