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#1 Guest_bottle~rocket_*

Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:46 PM

My DS is 2.5 years old and gave up his afternoon nap a couple of months ago.   I have tried a few things to try to get him to go to sleep with no luck.  However he still gets grumpy in the late afternoon so I think he needs the sleep.  
He will have a nap at childcare though  rolleyes.gif  AFAIK there is nothing they do there that I haven't tried myself.

Has anyone else experienced this?

#2 Soontobegran

Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:53 PM

Unfortunately for me it was the fact that I was mum and my children knew how to play me. sad.gif
Our children always had a daytime sleep for up to 3 hours when being looked after by dad when I was at work.

#3 laridae

Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:53 PM

My DD is doing the same - except she is only 18 months.

They pat her to sleep at daycare.

I sometimes can get her to take a late nap - eg 3pm or 4pm and have a sleep for an hour or so, then have dinner, then back to bed.  It doesn't seem to affect her overnight sleep at all.

#4 munchmum

Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:58 PM

My dd, just 2, has been doing this since January. Apparently she goes to sleep easily at childcare. I've given up trying to put her in bed for a nap as she screams but she does really need it. So I walk her in the stroller, once she is asleep I'm lucky because she will go on sleeping once I stop walking. Not ideal but I figure I at least get some exercise and it won't last forever.

#5 BornToLove

Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:40 PM

DD is the same. She sleeps so well at childcare that she won’t sleep at night  rolleyes.gif

So we had to put limits on her naps at childcare.  They now wake her up after about an hour and there is less fuss at bedtime.  

The only way we can get a nap out of her on weekends is having a VERY busy morning.  Most weekends, we just put her to bed early becuase we just aren't that busy.  Otherwise she gets a cat nap (30 minutes MAX) at around 3/4pm and bed a little later.

#6 miss*k

Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

Yeh DD gave up her naps at home at 2 and still has a nap at daycare for an hour.  I take it they are busy little bee's at daycare so she is tired. At home I'd rather she did not nap and goes to bed earlier original.gif

We have chillout/quiet time at home for an hour where she can watch a dvd or read a book on the couch or just lie down and chillax which she generally does).

Edited by miss*k, 18 April 2012 - 01:22 PM.

#7 Riotproof

Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:24 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 16/04/2012, 10:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unfortunately for me it was the fact that I was mum and my children knew how to play me. sad.gif
Our children always had a daytime sleep for up to 3 hours when being looked after by dad when I was at work.

No, it was that they wanted to spend extra time with you!

#8 JustBeige

Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:31 PM

My kids director told me once it was 'peer pressure'.  They see all the other kids falling over and just go along with it.  If you put them next to a child who mucks up and doesnt sleep, they will lay there giggling and not sleep either.

Plus they are flat out constantly at daycare.

One of the things we did at home when they dropped their day sleep was to get them to have a quiet time - same as they do at school.  We told them that they didnt have to sleep, but they did have to rest their bodies and must rest their eyelids as they get tired too, same as the rest of your body.

99% of the time it worked, especially if they did actually need the nap

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