Our no-more-naps update

Even though Avery’s only 27 months old, we dropped her last remaining nap of the day about a month ago. She had been fighting naps and bedtimes like a kid who legitimately wasn’t tired. When we dropped the nap she coped well, staying alert and relatively happy until 7pm, and then would fall asleep happily at bedtime in 15 minutes. It was a really good solution.

But then she got sick. She has been sick with one bug or another for at least 2 weeks now, and she has been NEEDING that extra sleep. The problem is, [after we weaned from breastfeeding to sleep] it took nap training with lots of tears to get her to accept that naps happened in her bed at a certain time. I knew when we dropped the nap that we wouldn’t be able to easily go back to the way it was… So instead of a scheduled nap when she got home from daycare, she has been crashing while doing whatever we’re doing (watching a movie during quiet time, going on a stroller walk, or even colouring on the floor). Sometimes she crashes at 2pm, sometimes at 4pm. Interestingly, even an hour long nap at 4pm hasn’t been messing up bedtime – she has been begging to go to bed at 7pm. It’s clearly because of being sick. I wish I could get her to sleep earlier in the day (and in her bed), but we’re just rolling with it right now. I assume that after the holidays when our days are back to normal and she’s no longer sick, she’ll stop crashing in the late afternoon and be fine without naps again.

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6 thoughts on “Our no-more-naps update

  1. My baby isn’t ready for no naps yet, but he has also been sick for the last 2 weeks it’s rough! Today he took a 4 hour nap! I had to go in and wake up him up! Fingers crossed he goes to sleep tonight!
    Hopefully Avery is back to her normal self soon!

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  2. I feel you on this! My almost 3 year old is so anti nap and has been since around 2 years old. She could be yawning and the second you mention nap, she’s wide awake. *Sigh* My daughter’s name is the same as yours but spelled Averie. I hope your little gets better soon. Mine is also sick and has been throwing up since 8pm last night. Sick babies are the worst. ):

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