Posted in Sleep, Toddlers

No more naps

My 22 month old decided he doesn't need naps Any more...the exact same week I caught a cold...it has been a tiresome week. I know he's a little young for no naps..any idea why this change occurred? He does go to sleep a few hours earlier. I'm just not sure what to do with the extra 3 hours he's awake. We have a busy month planned and we always keep pretty busy but even so what do I do to refresh myself mid day and keep him happy and entertained. We are trying to find a new rhythm and any ideas would be greatly appreciated..

  • B
    Nov 09, 2018

    Id try to keep him up to his old bedtime, and really run him around the next morning before nap. Maybe you need to change the time of the nap. When did he used to? You also could still have him rest. That doesn’t mean sleep, but means laying and playing quietly in his room.

  • Lulu
    Nov 09, 2018

    I read somewhere recently that around 18 months to 2 years babies temporarily decide they don't want to nap. I second the running around thing, but it may just be a temporary thing.

  • Jenn
    Nov 09, 2018

    Quiet time in the crib/bed is totally acceptable 😊. Maybe he'll decide he wants naps again some day, who knows?!

  • Samantha
    Nov 09, 2018

    My 22 month old doesn’t nap anymore either. I have him play quietly in his room with the lights dimmed durning normal nap time. So we both get some time to relax. Sometimes he will decided to take a nap but usually not.

  • Sara
    Nov 09, 2018

    Hi I agree maybe just do quiet time with books etc do big activities such as going to the park or having play dates set up to tire your toddler out.

  • Melanie
    Nov 10, 2018

    My son went through the no nap phase when he was about to turn two. It was rough and all he wanted to do was to be wherever mom was and getting into all the things. We ended up doing quiet time in his room for awhile. I got this little tent to put over part of his bed and would start tucking him in like for bedtime and that worked for us. He has his stuffed animal and his “kiki” and will now tell me “tuck, tuck, tuck” when he’s ready for a nap. That or he will tell me he wants cuddles and I’ll lay down with him for a few moments and then tell him it’s nap time. Good luck! It’s honestly a trial and error to figure out what will work for you and you child.

  • Birdie
    Nov 10, 2018

    Turn nap time to rest & recharge time. Tell him he doesn’t have to take a nap but he does have to rest. Have him choose his resting spot where he can’t play, it’s just for resting. Rest with him a little to show him then let him know that mommy has to go make sure everything is ok but that you’ll be back to check on him make sure he’s resting.