My 2 year old son is having a difficult time falling asleep for his daily nap, which was previously not an issue. He had been napping from about 11:45-1:45, but now he fights it desperately and won't fall asleep. I was thinking that it might help if we tried to nap later in the afternoon, but I'm worried that this will make going to bed at night (which is currently not a problem) an issue. Any suggestions?

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    I can't offer any specific information other than anecdotes, but my 2 year old can nap as late as 2pm to 4pm, with no adverse effects on bedtime at 7:30pm. Every child is different, though. Dec 11 '15 at 2:22
  • Try letting him sleep when it suits him and see how you get on? You will likely find he stops napping entirely soon, there's far too much interesting stuff going on in the day!
    – Jon Story
    Dec 15 '15 at 11:15

There is no hard and fast rule on this - all babies are different. With all three of mine, they would have a mid to late afternoon nap at that age and still went down at their usual bedtime, which was around 7pm for the girls (my son wanted and needed far less sleep than them, so had a bed time closer to midnight)

I'd suggest in your case that if he is currently too awake to nap at 11:45 try moving his nap time to half an hour or an hour later and see if he goes down more easily.

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