Friday, March 2, 2012

Toddler Naps

I'm a staunch believer in naps...I really and truly am, but this past week Isabella has been on an out and out nap strike that is making me wonder if it's time to say goodbye to naps for good.  Isabella is a little over 2 and a half (she'll be 3 in June) and my goal was to have her napping through the summer.

 Isabella hasn't taken a legit nap in over a week save for a 20 minute snooze in the car. She fights me tooth and nail, but once she's in the crib she'll play quietly for 20-30 minutes and then scream to get out. I'm not really ready to let go of naps yet, but this is the longest nap strike she's ever had. It's like one day she was an awesome napper sleeping for 1-2 hours nearly every day and then BAM no naps. I am not a fan of this, although I do enjoy the super early bed time.

And I've heard of other moms doing "quiet time" where as long as the kid plays quietly in his or her room for an hour that's fine, but Isabella refuses to be in a room alone.  At all.  Like not even for a minute and if she realizes I'm not in the room she freaks out that she's afraid of monsters, but only in the day time and not at night so her bedtime and sleep isn't affected.

She's still sleeping 10-12 hours at night which is great, but by dinner time she's like a ticking time bomb.  I don't know.  I feel like she still needs the nap, but how can I force her to sleep?  I feel like I can't make her cry for an hour in her crib if she's really not tired, and CIO is so much harder now that she's older.

When did your kids stop napping?

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Amaryllis said...

I am dreading this day as well. Those afternoon naps are golden. Ewan didn't nap on Sunday and he was the same way, a ticking time bomb from dinner time until bedtime. God help us, lol.

Caitlin MidAtlantic said...

Laura started going on a nap strike... until we realized that it was really a crib strike. She gets to nap in a cot at school now, and is SO over her crib at home. So we started letting her nap on the guest bed - it's been fantastic!

lady gray said...

don't give up quite yet, E! Elliot did this for about a week and i thought nap time had come to an end (as had my sanity.) HOWEVER, he now naps happily for about 2 hours a day again. no idea what changed, but the naps are back and i am SO glad. phew.


CrazyBabyTalk said...

Yep, I am going through the same thing! And quiet time only works for about 20 minutes before the banshee screaming begins. I eventually have to let him out once my ears start bleeding. - Charlie

Lance and Stephanie Kneese said...

Oh goodness, and my little girl hasn't even been born yet.

Lindsey Brackett said...

My oldest gave up naps at 3 and had a hard time entertaining herself in her room until she was about 4. That was a long summer. I think we watched a lot of movies in the afternoon because she would do that and sit quietly on the couch with me in sight. good news is for the teacher in you....mine's a really smart kid, she's just wide open and didn't need her nap anymore.

Shell said...

My oldest two lasted until right after they turned 3. My youngest was 28 or 29 months and he was done.

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