Advice on ending naps at 2.5 years?
Anyone do this with a 2.5 year old successfully and have advice on bedtime if wake up is 6.45am?
My DD's bedtime has drifted back until around 9-9.30 pm and she sleeps until around 6.45-7.30am. Since it's just her and I all day long, I am totally pooped at 9.30pm, once she is finally asleep (I still sit with her while she falls asleep) and I'm going coo-coo not being able to get anything done around the house.
So I did what everyone says NOT to do and I stopped making nap-time an easy thing. She would fall asleep fine in the car or stroller, or even in bed as long as we're napping at home consistently for a while around 12.30-1.30 then usually sleep for under 2 hrs.
So her previous schedule was 6.45-7.30 awake, nap at 12.30-2.30, asleep for night at 9.30pm which doesn't sound so horrible but it's just a really long day, especially since she takes sooooooo looooong to fall asleep and needs me there through the whole process.
So we decided to not nap one day when nap was going to happen too late. She was out at 6.30pm that night after about a 20 minute bedtime routine, woke once at 7.30 sounding horribly overtired, went back to sleep quickly then slept until morning (she typically night wakes 2-4 times). So she got a longer stretch that night than normal.
We tried a no-nap day the next week with the same success so I decided to do 2 days in a row of no nap. The second night was ROUGH at the beginning. She just kept waking early on, sounding pitiful. She did fine the rest of the time (normal 2.30 quick visit and smooch with mom then back to sleep), but since she sounded so tired I tried so hard to get a nap in for her today with no avail! We are on day 3 of no nap and I feel so bad for her because I expect her to be so tired tonight.
Anyway, if you've done this do you have any advice on transitioning them to no nap so young? I feel like after 3 days we're kind of "in it" and it's worth trying since bedtime is so, so, so soooooo much easier and then see if she adjusts with the rest of the night.