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My DD and DS have always been this way. He doesn't nap anymore, but she is 18 months and needs naps. They are always short (around 1 hour, give or take) and lately she has been fighting me so much to even GET a nap! She obviously NEEDS them though, because if she doesn't get one, she is a clingy, whiny, crying mess. The problem is, after her 45-60 minute nap, she is still a clingy, whiny, crying mess. After her nap yesterday, I had to carry her in the sling for about another hour, because she screamed when I put her down.
My thoughts are that she needs longer naps because when she wakes up she is still tired. She is too stubborn to let herself sleep any longer than that. (Has also not ever been a decent night sleeper either.) She thinks she is going to miss something and has always been this way. Naps have never been very long. Even though it's clear to me she needs them to be!