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I'm trying to determine my work schedule for the fall but would like to schedule it around my son's nap. He's currently 17 mo and goes to sleep around 11 ish for about 2 hours (+/-) if I'm home (about 60-90 min if Papa or the nanny is with him). I know every child is different, but at what time does your 2 year old nap and for how long?

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um..nap?
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My dd did not nap at 2.

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My 27 mth old takes a 2 hour nap around 12:30/1:00 (she gets up at 7 and goes to bed at 8:30/9)

I should add she's always been a napper... So you should keep that in consideration as well. I have some friends who's 2 year olds don't nap, or nap very little but they've never really napped...

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You'll get as many different answers as kids.

At around 2yrs old my dd napped for 2 hours a day. Starting sometime between 1:30 and 4pm.

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My 2yo naps from around 12:30- 2:30 sometimes later. He gets up around 7 am and is usually asleep at night by 8:30.

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My son sleeps from 7:30-7:00 and naps for 2-3 hours in the afternoon. I've read and have noted anecdotally that he and his peers seem to need around 14-15 hours of sleep total, so if he gets 12 at night, I plan on 2 during nap.
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My girl is two and her schedule is pretty close to the others here. She gets up around 7 in the morning and sleeps for around 2 hours starting between 1 and 2. She goes to bed at 8.

But her nap schedule is kind of fragile and if we try too late, she sometimes won't sleep as long, or at all.

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Of those whose 2 year old sleeps at 1:00 or so, have they always taken their afternoon nap then? Mine goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes at about 6 a.m. then generally sleeps around 11 for two hours. Do you think this schedule will change to a later nap as he gets older? I know it's impossible to predict but if there's a trend it would make my decision easier!

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Much the same as others here - my 28 month old naps for 2-2.5 hours every day between 12:30-3 (give or take 15-20 minutes). Daycare started the routine (he goes 2 days a week) and I keep it going. His four year old brother has the same schedule. The kiddos are typically up at 6:30 and in bed by 8:30.

zebaby - I really think it is all in the routine. I sometimes have to hurry lunch to get him fed if he is really tired (busy morning, or up earlier than normal).
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zebaby - I really think it is all in the routine. I sometimes have to hurry lunch to get him fed if he is really tired (busy morning, or up earlier than normal).
Hmmmm, that's something to think about. Do you really think it's mostly about routine and what works for each family? For the most part, we have seemed to follow an early schedule all around (which is ironic because I used to be a night owl!). I basically follow his cues which usually means he shows signs anywhere between 11-12:30 (if he's out and entertained, otherwise he naturally gets tired @ 11). It's just stressing me out because I want to spend as much waking time with him as possible. I can choose to work 2 1/2 days, 5 mornings (8:30-12:00) or 5 afternoons (12-3~ish). If he naps in the morning then mornings are good but if he's just going to fall asleep as soon as I get home, then that's 2 additional hours I don't get to spend with my DS! I hate this!!!

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2 -3 hours at 1 or 1:30
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My DD stopped taking naps most of the time around 27 months. She just stopped being able to sleep unless she'd been up about 8 hours. Sometimes around 4 or 5 she wants to nurse abit and relax for about 20 minutes, but doesn't sleep. She's usually up 12 hours and then sleeps 12 hours. She goes to sleep so much easier with no nap.
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What nap?
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My son dropped his nap 2 weeks before he turned 2!

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Rivka dropped her nap before 2. The twins dropped their naps around 2.5. When they napped they went after lunch (around 1:30) for about 1.5 hours (if I am remembering correctly)

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My almost 2 year old naps 2.5 hours a day. Sometimes more, never less.

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My 26-month-old goes down for a nap around 1:30 and usually sleeps about 1.5 hours.
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Hmmmm, that's something to think about. Do you really think it's mostly about routine and what works for each family? For the most part, we have seemed to follow an early schedule all around (which is ironic because I used to be a night owl!). I basically follow his cues which usually means he shows signs anywhere between 11-12:30 (if he's out and entertained, otherwise he naturally gets tired @ 11). It's just stressing me out because I want to spend as much waking time with him as possible. I can choose to work 2 1/2 days, 5 mornings (8:30-12:00) or 5 afternoons (12-3~ish). If he naps in the morning then mornings are good but if he's just going to fall asleep as soon as I get home, then that's 2 additional hours I don't get to spend with my DS! I hate this!!!

I absolutely think it is routine.
my dd (22m) will drop to sleep at 11:30 and sleep 1.5/2 hours. We have "school" once a week where she will sleep at 12:30. And we can sort of push her nap schedule around before 1ish. I think if your dc is an am sleeper (like mine)- then he won't nec. move too much. I would bet that most later sleepers routines steered them that way. So if you are pretty consistent then you won't have an issue.

(oh- she's like the other pp's kids- bed by 7-8, and up from 6:30/7:30)

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I am one of those people that routine is a huge factor in the nap or no nap (of course, some of it is kid's personality!) Afternoon naps work for our family so I encourage the routine. We will have to switch up the routine slightly for next school year as we have pre-lunch pick-up at 11:45 and drop-off again for school at 12:45. My four year old will go to afternoon kindie five days a week which also starts at 12:45 (i.e. the older pair will be at school in the afternoon).

My nanny should be able to have the kiddos home and into bed by 1 - and then up by 3pm to pick-up the kiddos at 3:15 (or so). It will be a bit rushed. (I am home with them now - but only have a morning kindie to worry about.) I will strongly encourage the nanny to adapt the schedule (we don't force, we just encourge in this house - and it works almost every day) with the two little ones. The babe (now 11 months) should fall into a similar routine by 14-16 months (right now he is on a free-for-all schedule).

I would figure out what works best for you - and then gradual get the schedule to fit. We will keep naps for a long long time hopefully - as when dh and I get home from work, I want the kiddos to be able to spend time with us in the evenings - so we have a later bedtime. As I told the nanny - I want them to sleep on her watch so I can enjoy happy kiddos in the evening.

Most kiddos are pretty flexible - you can make it work (certainly don't stress about ... and this is from someone who thinks out every minute detail so I know that is a hard comment to actually follow)
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Oh - so you understand our family philosophy, my eldest as quiet time most days for an hour or so during the 'nap' time. She destresses with a good book or some quiet toys - and I catch up on stuff. She is then a much much happier child in the evenings when the whole family is home.

Again, it is all in the way you want to organize your family (no right or wrong answer).
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The 2yo twins I babysit nap for 2 hours at about 1pm. They are up at 8am. But they will only nap if we 'do' stuff in the morning. Sitting around the house playing with toys isn't enough to get them tired to the point of napping. Then we just do quiet time.

My 18mo will nap for 30 to 45 minutes on those same days....
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I teach part time and also have the choice of working 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. I went with afternoons because I felt like our mornings would be useful quality time rather than me just rushing to get out the door. DD naps for 2-3 hours starting around 2. DH works at home, so he does all naps. He's developed a routine that works really well for them. She won't even let me put her down for naps anymore! This is great because I get to spend lots of time with her and dh can work in the morning before I leave and again during her nap. She used to also do a morning nap while nursing on my lap, but she dropped that last fall. The afternoon nap got much more regular and dependable when she went to one nap.
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Our routine is a bit later than most people who answered. DD, 2.5 y/o, gets up between 8:30 and 9am. She naps between 3-3:30 and sleeps between 90 min and 3 hours. She goes to sleep between 10-10:30pm. That has worked well for us. We're lucky in that she does not resist her nap. She knows it's naptime and willingly goes up to bed.
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