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What's your 2-3 year-old's general sleep pattern?

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mummylonglegs Fri 15-Apr-05 12:49:23

Just curious as I keep thinking dd, 2 1/2 may need to drop her nap soon, so wanted to compare with you guys.

At the moment she sleeps approx:

8pm - 7am
1.30 - 3.30pm

I've been having increasing problems getting her to bed in the evening though so am experimenting with cutting her nap down to 1.5 hours which has helped a bit so far.

NomDePlume Fri 15-Apr-05 12:52:23

DD 2.8y

7am - 6.45 / 7pm

Nap - around 3 hours, start time varies, but no later than 2pm.

NomDePlume Fri 15-Apr-05 12:52:45

DD is one of those kids who needs their sleep

nailpolish Fri 15-Apr-05 12:55:06

dd1 who is 2 and a half is a sleep monster

8pm til 7am

nap 1 til 3

if we are out and about during the day and she doesnt get her nap she is ok but grizzly

i tried dropping the nap when she was difficult to put to bed for a while at night, but she just used to fall asleep on the couch

she is back to being fine going to bed at night

Lucycat Fri 15-Apr-05 12:58:26

Having similar problems with dd2 who is 23mths, she sleeps (well goes to bed) 7pm - 7am-ish and then will have a nap 12.30 - 2.15 (when Neighbours finishes!) but is starting to not want to go to sleep until 8pm! luckily she is quite happy in her cot upstairs but I'm thinking of moving the pm nap closer to 12pm and making sure she has no more than 1 1/2hrs. Could you try that?

puddle Fri 15-Apr-05 12:58:51

Sleeps at night 7.30 to 6.45/7.15

Naps from @1.00 - 2.30. I always wake her up as she would probably sleep 2.5 hours and I think at this age it starts affecting their night time sleep

Lucycat Fri 15-Apr-05 13:01:15

Ditto with puddle! dd2 could sleep for ever in the pm - if I let her, but then wouldn't EVER want to go to sleep at night!

With dd1 we dropped the pm nap when she went into a bed, which was about 2.9, as she never tried to climb out of her cot bed!! but the temptation was too great in a 'normal' bed

morningpaper Fri 15-Apr-05 13:01:59

2.7 yo

Is just starting to grow out of naps - has one (1.30 - 2.30) probably 30% of the time. The rest of the time she just lies in her bed and 'reads' her books during that hour.

When she DOES sleep, she won't go to sleep until 8-9pm - just lies there singing at the top of her voice which is GRATING - but when she doesn't nap it's 12 solid hours 7pm-7am. Marvellous.

katzguk Fri 15-Apr-05 13:02:15

DD 2.5

7/7.30pm - 6.30/7.30am

no nap

if she has any day time sleep then bedtime would go to 9pm!

charellie Fri 15-Apr-05 13:03:54

My dts are 2 1/2. Their pattern is:

7.00pm - 7.30/8am
1.00pm - 3.00pm (sometimes they just play in their room but if they have been at creche or Whoosh they sleep)

I always wake at 3pm even if they are sound asleep

morningpaper Fri 15-Apr-05 13:05:33

(Don't you just LOVE waking up a sleepy toddler? I love just kissing her and patting her lovely tum while she's fast asleep, then she smiles and hugs me and I could just gobble her up!)

crazy Fri 15-Apr-05 13:06:29

between the ages of 2 and 3 children should be having around 13 hrs sleep a day.

My dd age 2.8yrs sleeps 7-7 and a nap of 12:30-1:30

Could you try putting her down at 12:30 and letting her have no more than 2hours? rather than cutting down the sleep, it may just help bringing it forward, then she will have longer to use it more energy in the afternoon to get her tired for bedtime, which you may find you can bring forward.

I think 3:30 is a bit late, and she won't be tired enough by 8

Nickinha Fri 15-Apr-05 13:25:35

dd (who turns two TODAY) goes to sleep at 10:30pm - 09:00am.... tried everything in the book to get her down earlier so I can have some free time - forget it!

Lolasmum Fri 15-Apr-05 13:31:55

My dd sleeps the same as Puddle's. Sometimes though the nap is more for my sake then dds. I'm often desperate for a break so dd is forced to have a nap whether she wants to or not. And, also I agree with Morningpaper - I love waking her up!

piffle Fri 15-Apr-05 13:33:12

dd is 29 mths
naps 11.30-1.30/2pm
nights 7pm -8am
lucky me

Enid Fri 15-Apr-05 13:37:21

dd2 2 years 6 months 7/7.30pm-7/7.30am
no naps

Enid Fri 15-Apr-05 13:37:55

oh she will fall asleep in the car if we are going somewhere around lunchtime

coppertop Fri 15-Apr-05 13:39:19

Ds2 (2.2yrs) has never slept for 13 hours in his life. On an average night he will sleep from 11.30pm-7.30pm with a 30minute nap if I'm lucky. On a bad night he will still be wide awake at 1am but still gets up at 7.30am.

popsycal Fri 15-Apr-05 13:45:52

almost identical to youra MLL 7am-7pm with nap after lunch which is 1- 2 huors long usually before 2:30

popsycal Fri 15-Apr-05 13:46:20

ds1 is 2 years 8 months btw

kid Fri 15-Apr-05 13:53:10

DS is 3

8pm - 6:30/7am
1pm - 2:30pm (but I think these afternaps are coming to an end )

Starsky Fri 15-Apr-05 14:06:43

My dd is 2y3 and she generally sleeps from 7.30pm - 7.30/8.00am with an hour sleep at lunch time, usually about 1.30. If she has any more than an hour or wakes up later than 2.30 - 3.00 she will not go to sleep at night!
She can go all day without a sleep sometimes but not consistently, and I like having the hour of peace in the day time

cod Fri 15-Apr-05 14:09:29

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LunarSea Fri 15-Apr-05 14:12:55

crazy - you obviously have one who will sleep for as long as 13 hours a day! Unfortunately it isn't actually possible to make them sleep, so those of us who aren't hitting that figure aren't depriving them of sleep, just coping with a child who doesn't need that much.

At 2 my ds was sleeping about 9.30 until 6.30, and if we were lucky an hour at lunchtime. A friend's ds, almost exactly the same age would sleep 6pm until 9 am AND 2 hours 12.30-2.30. I'd have liked mine to go off earlier, she'd like to have been able to delay the bedtime routine until a bit later - but the amount of time they needed to sleep wasn't determined by us. Between them they did manage an average of 13 hours each I suppose.

crazy Fri 15-Apr-05 14:20:00

lunarsea, I never once meant to suggest to other parents if your child doesn't sleep for 13hrs you are depriving them of sleep.

I should have explained in my post that the 13hrs suggested recommendation from the How to solve your childs sleep problem book.

I am completely aware that children are all different, but in my experiance of myself being a Maternity nurse and Sleep counsellor, I do disagree with you, when you say you cannot make a child sleep for longer, as this is possible, and have many success rates to prove this.

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