X posted in Toddlers:
My DD would happily nap for 2+ hours every day at about 2-4pm. It's always been her schedule since she switched to one nap a day at 15 months. However just in the last month (She's 2 years and 8 months old now) her nighttime bedtime was getting later and later and later. Some nights it would be midnight and that was after trying since 10pm. It got so out of control I stopped letting her nap in the day. She gets really, really tired around her normal nap time but I keep her up. Now she has a normal toddler bedtime (8-9pm) but I do feel guilty because I know kids need their naps for sensory processing during the day. She does get really grouchy and exhausted around dinner but we let her watch TV (I know, this is a sub optimal situation but I'm doing the best I can) while we clean up from dinner until it's time to go up to bed.
I tried just doing a "quiet time" without napping at her normal nap time but she would always want to nurse and then she'd fall asleep anyway. I tried waking her up after 60 minutes of nap (she still wouldn't go to sleep until 11 that night) and then waking her up after 30 minutes (same thing) so really it is down to not letting her sleep at all during the day if we want any reasonable bedtime. Which we need for our own sanity! My husband and I were exhausted when she was staying up so late.
Anyone else BTDT or think it's horrible to not let a toddler nap? I am really curious what others think.