Any advice for transition to no nap?

Sadly, Audrey has been headed to the land of no nap for a couple of months now, even though she is only 26 months old. I am not surprised, given her fiesty, high energy personality. But I am still in denial.

Anyway, her schedule used to be bed at 9 pm, wake at 7:30 am, nap at 1-2 pm for about 3 hours.A couple of months ago, she started taking longer to fall asleep for her nap and was taking longer to fall asleep at bed. Sometimes she would take no nap at all and could be in a cranky mood or a great mood without the nap. Lately, she won't fall asleep for nap until 3:30 or 4 pm. So I either have to wake her up (which leads to 45 minutes of screaming) or she wants to sleep until 6 pm. If I let her sleep late, she won't fall asleep for bed until 10 or 10:30. I have thought about not letting her take a nap, but I don't think she is quite ready.

Last week, she had one day where she took a 1 hour nap, and was cranky all evening, so I put her to bed at 8 pm. The next day, she didn't nap at all, was cranky and threw an hour tantrum, so she got dinner and went to bed at 7:30pm. Sat, she didn't take a nap and was cranky all evening, and again went to bed early. Then yesterday she melted down for an hour and I took her up for a nap at 1 pm, with no lunch, and she slept for 3 hours. Seems like she goes a few days with too little sleep and then crashes another day with a long nap.

Bottom line is, she is all over the road with her schedule and not in the greatest mood a lot of times. This is just making her so horrible to deal with and be around. Poor DH was wishing he was at work all weekend. And it doesn't help that she has always been spirited and she is definitely in the terrible 2's.

Is this just the way it goes and I have to live with it? I am just wondering what other people's experiences have been with the no nap transition.
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Ben is transitioning away from naps (at age 3). It's funny, he actually naps most days at day care but refuses to at home.

One thing you can try is putting her down for the nap earlier. Seems counter-intuitive, but works for Ben sometimes. At day care, nap time is at 1 but at home I have luck sometimes if I put him down at 12:30 or even noon.

Generally, I after a few weekends of him fighting sleep for hours and everyone being miserable, I decided to just let him skip the nap and putting him to bed about an hour earlier. He knows that is the deal too. Every time we ask him if he wants to take a nap today he says "Maybe I sleep early today". So definitely on the days she doesn't nap, an earlier bedtime is a good thing.
You can also try quiet time instead of nap. An hour of either watching videos or reading or something else low-key. Never could enforce that for Ben, but it does work for some kiddos.
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it's a hard transition to no nap.

I know for us it was harder because I thought that when I recognized his signs for not needing a nap that merely stopping the nap would suffice. Not so, the transition took at least several months but it was getting to the point before that like you mentioned that his bedtime was getting later and later due to the unnecessary nap.
I thought Karan was transitioning away from naps also about 2-3 months ago. It was not a happy time. He'd either nap late and then not want to go to bed or he'd not nap at all and be ready for bed at 6pm (which meant waking up at 5am the next morning).

He's gotten back into napping though, and we did what Geeky suggested, we actually put him down earlier for a nap. He used to nap at 1-2 pm for 3 hours or so. Now he has lunch at 11:30 and he's down for his nap at noon. He doesn't always nap as long (and sometimes not at all) but whatever happens it doesn't really influence bed time which has been moved up to 8pm (from 9pm).

Good luck!


i dont have a child that age but i do know that in our school system, they transition the kindergartners to no nap the first week of school by having nap time/rest time, but shortening it a little each day. so day one it might be an hour, day two 45 minutes, day three 30 minutes, day four 15 minutes, day five...par-tay!
Thanks, ladies. I guess I will try putting her down earlier and see what happens.
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Jocelyn is 26 months too and we go through the nap roller coaster as well. She takes a nap every day during the week around 2:30/3:00 when my mom picks her up from my aunt's house. We limit the nap to 2 hours (waking her up sometimes is hard to do or she throws a fit, but 2 hours is the max).

However, today (Saturday) she slept until 7:15/7:30ish this morning (later than her usual 6am waking) and has not napped all day. On days like today when she doesn't nap, she's usually asleep by 7:30/8:00 (compared to her 9:00/9:30 bedtime). Right now she's going strong at 7:35 while watching Mary Poppins, but the crankiness is starting to emerge.

I don't think we're at a point where we can phase out naps - she still needs them, but I do limit how much she can sleep. If she doesn't nap, we just adjust her bedtime accordingly.
My oldest son got expelled from nursery school for being a "non-napper" at age 3. Well, maybe the peeing-out-the-window during naptime had something to do with it...

The daycare owner was a nap-nazi. EVERY kid had to nap, and she didn't believe a kid under 5 should ever go without an afternoon nap, but he hadn't napped since he was a baby. We struggled with it daily, me talking to him before dropping him off, begging him to please try to sleep or at least lie down and rest after lunch to keep Ms Debbie happy, him fighting it fiercely. So, she put my son in a room alone so he wouldn't disturb the other nappers, and he rebelled and peed out the window...she expelled him...

I had to scramble to find a new daycare...no fun...
My oldest son got expelled from nursery school for being a "non-napper" at age 3. Well, maybe the peeing-out-the-window during naptime had something to do with it...

The daycare owner was a nap-nazi. EVERY kid had to nap, and she didn't believe a kid under 5 should ever go without an afternoon nap, but he hadn't napped since he was a baby. We struggled with it daily, me talking to him before dropping him off, begging him to please try to sleep or at least lie down and rest after lunch to keep Ms Debbie happy, him fighting it fiercely. So, she put my son in a room alone so he wouldn't disturb the other nappers, and he rebelled and peed out the window...she expelled him...

I had to scramble to find a new daycare...no fun...
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