My 18-month-old son appears to be dropping his nap. He dropped from two to one nap early (around 10 months). Then around 11.5 months his sleep really stabilized: he was able to sleep through the night sometimes and at most needed one or two assists or feeds during the night, and his nap went from very erratic to a very predictable 3 hours, 1p-4p. We weathered the 18 month sleep regression - it ended a couple weeks ago, and now his nightsleep has been stellar - 8:30-7:30, no wakeups, no assists. But as soon as his night sleep got amazing, he started not napping. He's very happy to chill out in his crib, chatting with his animals for a couple hours, but he doesn't fall asleep. On the days he does fall asleep, it can take 1.5-2 hrs to get there. On the days he doesn't nap, he does fine in the evening - he is very rarely cranky, irritable, or fatigued.
Everything "official" I'm reading says that 18 months is WAY TOO EARLY for no naps. But... I'm offering him the opportunity to sleep and he's not taking it, so... as a believer in baby-led parenting (especially in issues of sleep), I am forced to assume that he doesn't need it.
What do you all think? Is it a sleep strike and he'll come out of it? Do you have babes who really gave up napping this young?
Thanks in advance.