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I don't know if this will help answer your question. Dd has always needed a lot of sleep (like her parents). At 17 months, she sleeps usually 1-1/2 to 3 hours in the afternoon. Her disposition is not as good if she misses the nap, going out is a good way to vent crabbiness but it's zero degrees out today!
We like a late bedtime (lights out 9:30-9:45 or so), because this way Dh gets to see her and we have a relaxed evening, rather than hussling through dinner, bath, and bed by any earlier. And the nap really allows me to rejuvenate, I'm awful on days without it.
I'm not sure if the nap is what helps us keep this schedule though, because on days she doesn't nap much (yesterday she only napped 40 minutes), it doesn't seem like she falls asleep that much earlier or more easily or more deeply.
I like the late bedtimes, I also like that she/we will often sleep past 9AM!