I pose this question because it is one I am dealing with at the moment. Literally, at this very moment I can hear my little Evalee talking and singing to herself when she should be fast asleep. I put her down for her nap almost two hours ago. At this point, she should be getting up. Now what?
Nap time is precious time, not only for our toddlers but also for us as moms. It is not an easy thing to see go. I know there are some days where nap time is my only solace of the day. But, as our little ones grow and mature, so do their sleep habits.
So, being that I am grappling with this very issue myself, I thought I would share my research into the matter
I found this tid-bit on AskDrSears.com:
By three, some children are ready to forfeit the afternoon nap and go for an earlier bedtime. This transition will take a while…several months of napping every other day, then napping once or twice a week.
Then, after scanning various forums about parenting and such I am left thinking that yet again, each is child is unique and there is no one size fits all answer to this question.
I found some parents with toddlers as young as 18 months dropping nap altogether all the way up to four years old and still napping. At this stage of development I think it is best to stay flexible and read your child as best you can. If she seems cranky or has that glazed look in her eye, time for a nap. But, if she is bright, pleasant and alert then today she may not need one.
Sleep is so important for all of us, no matter what age, but for children it is crucial to proper growth and development.
So taking all of this into consideration this is how I plan to handle this…
I will stick to our usual routine for now as this may be an isolated incident. Lunch will continue to be around 12 -12:30 with mellow/quite time afterward such as puzzles, coloring or playdough. Then, 2 O’clock rolls around, I will take her up, wash her face, hands and teeth and lay down.
We’ll read a book sing our songs and I will leave her be. If she sleeps, great. If she lays in their quietly playing with her bed buddies that’s fine too. At least she is having some downtime.
I would love to hear from those of you out there experiencing this right now. I think a nice thread of comments could be most helpful to fellow parents dealing with the very issue.