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  1. My daughter is a little over three. For the last two months if she naps longer than 1/2 an hour we have trouble getting her to sleep by 10:00. And then there’s night waking because of it. If she naps in the car for 10-30 min it’s the perfect scenario because then she’ll still maintain an 8:00pm-7:00am day. She generally falls asleep just fine for her nap around 5.5 hours after waking up in the morning. When she doesn’t nap, she mostly has an overtired night waking though there have been magical nights that she’s slept a solid 12 hours. I’m thinking we drop the nap, but am hesitant because she’s always so tired after lunch. Thanks so much

    • Hi @Cheryl –
      Thank you for writing to us! It sounds like you may have found a good solution to your daughter’s naps, in the 30 minute naps! If those are working best for you, she sleeps better at night and falls asleep readily, then keeping the naps in her schedule, but waking her before the nap gets too long may be the right fit for you for now! Thanks for reading and we hope that things go well!

  2. My daughter is 3.6 yrs old. On weekdays she does take nap for 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs. I am a working mom. On weekends she doesnt want to nap as she thinks she gets more time to play with me. But on the days when she takes afternoon nap, she doesnt get out of bed after nap for long time. close to an hour. Have to keep bribing her motivating her to wake up but a failure. Any suggestions here would definitely help

    • Hi Sadhana,
      Thank you so much for checking out The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re having such trouble with napping. It’s hard to know what exactly is going on with your daughter’s naps without more information. It could be a sleep association, scheduling issue, or something else. If you haven’t yet, you might like to sign up for our free toddler ebook: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-training-secrets-free-ebook/
      Or, if you’re a BSS Member, please do check out one of weekly chats with a senior sleep consultant – she could definitely help you out! Good luck!

  3. My daughter will be 3 in a few weeks. She has been pretty consistently refusing her afternoon nap but is a complete mess in the evening. She seems to really need a nap but is wide awake during nap time and doesn’t get tired until dinner. Her bedtime is usually 7:30-8 and she usually wakes around 6:30-7. Any advice?

    • Hi @Kate –
      Thanks for writing to us! Sorry to hear about your nap struggles with your toddler! If she seems to really still need that nap, then do still offer it! On days where she does not fall asleep, you can always offer an early bedtime! I’d recommend a really solid and calming nap routine, and to be sure that she’s on a good overall schedule too. Here’s a link to our free sample schedules for toddlers:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/toddler-schedule/
      Good luck and please contact us if you need more help at any time!

  4. My son will be 3 in just a couple weeks. He loves his afternoon nap, and usually sleeps for 2.5 hours from 1pm-3:30pm. He also loves bed time and never complains about going to sleep – we are very consistent, and he is usually in bed by 7-7:30. However, he recently has started waking up early – very early! We’re talking between 4am and 5am – and he is ready to play. Any suggestions? He isn’t really showing signs of not wanting that nap, but I don’t know what else to do. Shifting his bedtime later has not helped his waking time…

    • Hi @Tara – Thank you for writing to us about your (almost) 3 year old’s sleep! So sorry to hear that he’s waking SO early! We know how tough this can be and early wakings can be tricky to figure out! If he is not showing other signs of being ready to drop his nap, you can likely keep that nap and keep trying to get him back to sleep when he wakes so very early!
      Based on what you’ve shared, I’d like to recommend our VIP Members Area, which gives you access to all of our e-Books as well as audio tele-seminar recordings, case studies, and do-it-yourself tutorials, including a workbook designed to help you create your own sleep plan. My favorite feature is the access to our weekly “members only” expert chat sessions, where one of our sleep consultants will answer your specific questions live via chatroom! I think that this would be especially helpful, so that you can share more about your son and one of our sleep consultants can advise!! You can also write a message on any of the pages within the VIP Area, and a Sleep Consultant will reply there too!

      You can read more about our VIP Members Area here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/diy

      Thanks again for writing to us Tara! Please let us know if you have any questions about this or if you need any assistance at any time!

  5. My son will be 2 next week. MOST days he sleeps around 7pm and wakes up around 6am, sometimes 5. He no longer has an afternoon nap as I found that it would lead to a late bedtime, which doesn’t fit in with our routine as a family. Now he has a morning nap from 10 till 11.30/12. However, for the past few days he has been resisting sleep at bedtime and going to sleep around 8.30/9pm, with no changes to his nap!

    Also, since forever, we have been walking around carrying him to sleep, and now we try to lay him down and pat him but he just can’t sleep like that. Please help, what am I doing wrong?

    • Hi @Fawziyyah – Thanks for writing, and so sorry that your struggling with your toddler’s sleep! many 2 year olds struggle with sleep, and you’re not alone! You’re not doing anything wrong either Fawziyyah! You’re doing your best, and that’s all you can do! Working on putting down to fall asleep on his own can take time and lots of consistency and effort, so don’t give up! Regarding his naps and bedtime, I’d recommend checking out our free samepl schedules for toddlers for use as a guide:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/toddler-schedule/
      Good luck and we hope this is helpful!

  6. Please keep in mind that most kindergarten classes are expected to nap in the afternoon for a mimimum of 40 minutes after lunch.

    • Thanks for the tip @Caroline! Many kindergarten classes no longer offer nap or rest time, while many others do!

  7. My girl will be 3 in 2 months and she is refusing nap time. It will take her 1.5 hours to fall asleep and the same happens at bed time. I always wake her up by 3pm no matter what time she falls asleep and her bedtime is around 8-8:30pm but most of the time she doesn’t fall asleep until 9:30, sometimes 10. Should I drop her nap?

    • Hi Allison! Thanks for writing to us about your toddler! She is showing signs that she’s ready to drop that nap, and you can always try it out and see how it goes! For more specific help with this, I’d like to recommend our VIP Members Area, which gives you access to all of our e-Books as well as audio tele-seminar recordings, case studies, and do-it-yourself tutorials, and much more! My favorite feature is the access to our weekly “members only” expert chat sessions, where one of our sleep consultants will answer your specific questions live via chatroom! You can also write a message on any of the pages within the VIP Area, and a Sleep Consultant will reply!
      You can read more about our Members Area here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/diy
      Good luck Allison!

      • Hi Allison! I’m in the same boat! Any info on what you ended up doing and how it went??