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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:45 PM

Ry dropped his about 21 months. I SO wasn't ready for it (still mourn it actually biggrin.gif). If we're in the car he'll drop off so yes, if I need a break I'm not beyond going for a pointless drive!!

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 09:36 PM

Taylor is now 3 and she still has a day sleep, in bed at night at 7pm, up the next day at 7am.

If we are out and about and won't be home for it, she copes fine without her sleep (but she has been that way for more than half her life). If I just let her stay up during the day I'm sure she wouldn't nod off. But i still insist on it and she has surprised me a few times recently when after me getting her ready, she has insisted on taking herself off to bed.

Saying she would gladly not have it if I didn't persist though, when she has had more than one day in a row of no day sleep because of being out, or because of taking so long to fall asleep, it eventually does catch up with her. I don't think she could go an entire week without a day sleep.

If I were you I would at least insist on 'quiet time' in his bedroom. I know that Taylor won't have a day sleep forever, but even when she does finally drop it, I think I will still do quiet time in her room where she can play and read books etc. As it is atm, she can be in there for 2.5 hrs some days and only sleep for 1.5 of those. But hubby and I know that if we put her to bed later, then it would just mean she ends up having her sleep later, as she will still play/sing etc first before dropping off.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:27 PM

Cate has been a bit dicey about day sleeps for about the last five weeks or so (she's 20 months).

Most days she happily goes off to sleep and will sleep for 1.5 - 2 hours (usually I wake her after 1.5).

Some days she refuses. On Sunday we had a two hour drive in the car, no sleep. We got home I packed her off to bed and STILL no sleep. By 5 pm she was FERAL, by 6pm she was in bed for the night and she slept until 7.15am the next day.

So - my advice - if Archie has a day where he won't have his day nap, put him to bed earlier so he can catch up on sleep then. It's also nice for you: if you have been dealing with a toddler all day without a break, an early bedtime is a Godsend!!!

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:38 PM

Ash has been missing a few day sleeps lately as well... but fortunately those days he does miss his day sleep, he doesn't get too grumpy later in the day.

I really hope he doesn't want to drop his day sleep for at least another 12 months laugh.gif
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:05 AM

Henry can get through the day without it, if we are out and busy. But it doesnt seem to make bedtime any earlier or easier , and he gets up early regardless . He is really grumpy and tired the next day too!

So if we are home, He has a sleep. Have to persist a little , but its worth it! I enjoy the break .....

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 10:53 AM

Thanks so much for your replies everyone smile.gif I'm glad to see I'm not alone in this, and it seems like an average age of our little ones trying to change their daytime routines.

Well, I have been lucky the past few days and he has been sleeping at lunchtime, but I think I will try to move his nap back a bit on the days he doesn't want to go down and see if that has any impact. He always wakes at the same time (the crack of dawn! blink.gif), so I will try whatever I can to keep it going for now. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, and I'll try something else. Thanks so much for all your advice, I'll give them all a shot smile.gif
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Posted 19 June 2010 - 07:42 PM

Raya is fighting the day sleep as well. She desperately needs it and just won't go down though if we are in the car or at the shops she will go out - she just hates missing out what I am doing. She will fight and fight till about 2-3pm and then not wake up till after 5pm but she still wants to go down at 8pm and sleeps straight through. I know she is still sleeping at daycare and she is feral without the sleep so I just persevere.
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 02:11 PM

Emma has dropped hers in the last month or so, she is 3 and 4 months. I was hoping she would keep it up until after the baby was born, but no. Sometimes I quite like it as if we are out, we can stay out rather then having to get home. But sometimes I am really exhausted and just want to go to sleep myself and I put her down for a "rest" but she gets restless after 45mins to an hour so I need to get her out, whereas she would always sleep for 2 hours before that.

She does still have a sleep at daycare (strange since it must be busier there - maybe that is why!). We've been having trouble getting her to sleep at night on daycare days so not sure whether I will have to ask daycare to stop letting her sleep!
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:49 AM

I read this thread title last week and didn't open it. Hah. That showed me laugh.gif

Three of the last 5 days Harry's hasn't wanted his sleep and even a drive in the car about 12pm hasn't helped. He is 26 months. On Friday he kept coming out of his room and saying 'Harry AWAKE!!'..... then he fell asleep STANDING UP in front of the TV at 4.30 while I was whipping up dinner in the hope of a 6pm bedtime. Go figure. Averted disaster by waking him after 20 mins. Yesterday he stayed in bed and read books and finally dropped off about 1.30pm. He still needs a sleep but doesn't need one till much later. Yikes.

I've been amazed at how sudden the change has been! Almost overnight!

I learnt a great tip at a toddler course last night - to change my language use and talk about going for a 'rest' rather than a sleep or nap. So from now on I'm going to encourage reading books and playing with teddy in bed and if he drops off then I'll just make sure to wake him before 3pm at the latest.

I've also noticed that he has been waking later in the mornings for the first time in his life. 7am and sometimes ever later ohmy.gif So that is pushing naptime out to 1pm. Tricky.

And here was I thinking I had it all down to a fine art having both boys in bed for 2 hours around lunchtime. As soon as you think you've got is sussed it all changes!!!!!
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:33 PM

Finlay went thru a phase where he wouldnt take a nap so I didnt push it as i didn't want to make it a battle.

I would go out and purposefully drive home when I knew he would fall asleep and then either leave him in the car when I got home or carry him inside to bed so then he was still getting some form of sleep.

I now tell him about 10-15 mins before nap time that its nap time soon. I find there is less protest as he knows its coming. but I still get the occiassional total screaming protest.
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