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I think I'm just not ready to give up the afternoon nap personally, but is this normal? Over the last two weeks my DD has only taken her afternoon nap three times. It seems really early to me for her to no longer need that break in her day, but she seems none the worse for wear. She falls asleep easily at night and has been sleeping about 12 hours each night (waking 2-3 times to nurse).<br>
I started an afternoon "quiet time" routine to encourage her to sleep, but it doesn't seem to much for her. She'll nurse and be mellow for about 20 minutes, but then it's back to her usual reading, coloring, etc.<br>
Is there anything else I can/should be doing to encourage a nap? I honestly have not heard (in my circle of friends) of a child under the age of two no longer napping...<br>
Thanks in advance mamas!
 

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If she is sleeping 12 hours at night, I would think that's fine. My dd has always slept 10 hours at night (well, except during teething insanity like now where she's only sleeping about 7 hours at night<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and made up the balance at naps (2 hours long). Bummer about losing the nap.
 

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I did that when I was a toddler- gave up naps at 18 months and slept 12 hours a night...wasn't BF'd so didn't even wake up during that time, other than in unusual circumstances. But supposedly I was a happy, easy to entertain child, and they had no problems getting me to sleep at night.<br><br>
It could also be just a phase...I know of several kids who have done this temporarily for a week or 2 then went back to taking naps.
 

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I quit napping around that time, myself, and my daughter started to skip her nap around 18 months and completely quit just after she turned two.<br><br>
I'm not sure it's NORMAL, but as long as she isn't completely miserable during the day, I'd let it go. We do usually do some "quiet time" in the afternoon -watch a movie, or color or something where she isn't runninng around a lot. It coinsides nicely w/her brother's nap, so it works out well.
 

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My middle DD did that. She's a relatively normal 5yo now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I'm hoping DD3 won't give up her naps for a while longer. She's 16-mos now and it's hard for me to believe that DD2 was not much older when she stopped napping all together.
 

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Thanks for all the replies!<br><br>
She did take a nap today, although only about 30 minutes. I think we're going to stick to the quiet time routine, if only to give me a few moments to breathe.<br><br>
She does seem to be just fine without them, and goes down with relative ease at night, so maybe it'll be a blessing in disguise. Very thick, very heavy disguise. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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As long as she's getting at least 12 hours at night, I wouldn't stress over it. Our toddler gave up naps at 22 months, and it took a while for things to even out at night. She gets 12 hours every night and still doesn't nap. But the transition time took a while.<br><br>
I realized that letting her catnap (15-20 mins) late afternoon worked well some days, but anything over 30 minutes impacted her nighttime sleep in a very bad way.<br><br>
Some toddlers go through a phase, so keeping a quiet time is key I think, in terms of letting her go back to napping should she be able to. But it might also be that she's simply ready for a change in daily routine. Maybe she'd nap earlier in the day? So I'd try rearranging things a little at a time too and see if she responds to it.<br><br>
Good luck either way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yeah...<i>I</i> was personally in no way ready for DS to drop his one afternoon nap - which was 2-3 hours long (and dropped rather suddenly actually!). But he was, regardless lol... He too gave up his naps very early! I think around 18 months is when it started to happen but I got him going for a few more month by taking him out for a walk in the buggy for an hour (which he did not fall asleep in)...but by the time we got home, he was so relaxed that I just took him up to the bed and laid down with him and he fell asleep and had a nap. It would not have happened any other way as I tried everything! hehe...But at 22 months he dropped them completely and there was nothing I could do about it! (even though I personally felt he was also not so ready as he was really grumpy, etc with lack of sleep - despite also sleeping 12 hours at night). So we just had a few quite and calm weeks veggie out at home until we both adjusted to it and then he was fine!<br>
Sucks...I have friends with 4 year olds who still have a few hour nap in the afternoon! lol
 

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YES! we have that same problem.
 

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My son did that around the same age and it was right before baby #2 arrived!! But it was just a phase that lasted like 3-4 weeks and then all of a sudden he was back to taking 2 hr naps every afternoon and sleeping 12 hrs at night! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So at least for us, it was short lived. I'd say try offering naps everyday and see if she gets back in the groove. During that time we tried the "quiet time" thing too and I think he was just too young. It didn't work to well yet.<br><br>
Good Luck!
 
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