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Should we encourage our 2-year old to give up his naps?

My take on this question is to continue to follow his lead. If he seems overly tired around your usual nap time, then by all means try to put him down. If he goes he goes, if he doesn't he doesn't. I ...
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Desperate for a Nap

I can’t tell you how to get your baby to sleep on his own. But maybe your sanity will return if you get him to sleep at all. … he will almost always fall asleep in our arms. So you’re right, he’s ...
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Should we encourage our 2-year old to give up his naps?

I agree with the accepted answer, I just want to point out another aspect. (I was in a similar situation with my daughter, she is 4 now, but hasn't been taking naps since she was 2). Also think of ...
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why does my toddler's sleep schedule shift week by week?

The weekly variations in wake time within 1.5 hour range could be caused by a number of things (for some of which you may want to consult a pediatrician). One of the possible causes could be simple ...
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Should We Wake Our Son Up If He Hasn't Eaten Dinner?

Hungry children generally make their discomfort known :) If he wasn't in obvious discomfort before falling asleep, you can be reassured that he was satisfied from his other meals/snacks. You can ...
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4 year old won't nap

Personally I don't think you should go back to napping if it's not really what he does. Weekday routines may not be conducive to naps and naturally he may be tired and cranky in the evenings. But ...
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8 Month old only napping for 30 minutes at a time, Help!

Probably Not At the age you're describing, both of my kids generally started changing whatever the nap routine was that we'd become accustomed to and it sounds like your son's doing the same to you. I'...
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Child goes crazy (almost possesed) when woken up from a nap in car

It could be a recurring nightmare, especially one that involves being trapped in a car seat or car. You might consider stopping and hugging her until she calms down, but not getting out of the car, ...
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4 year old won't nap

Our son was doing the exact same thing. We asked his pediatrician and she said that's fine for someone his age. Just make sure they get the recommended total amount of sleep, which is 10-13 hours (...
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5-month old daughter's sleep pattern problems

We use co sleep. It worked for us because child happy. Our mattress on floor with baby on pad beside mommy.
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Culture differences

Not knowing the exact details of your exchange from a tone, body language, etc. perspective, I would have asked the grandma how I could of helped her or more likely, I would of just gotten the scale ...
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5-month old daughter's sleep pattern problems

First things first: infants' sleep patterns change very often, with my daughter it was sometimes as often as every 2 weeks. Don't get too worried and to happy about how your child goes to sleep. It ...
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My baby stays awake and plays until 4 am

The biggest thing I spotted was the 2 naps https://www.littleones.co/blogs/our-blog/nap-transitions-how-and-when-your-baby-will-drop-their-naps Between 12-15 months your baby should then drop from ...
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why does my toddler's sleep schedule shift week by week?

I never could get the hang of them either - kids just have different needs and different schedules than us unfortunately. We tried putting them to bed earlier (massive failure, they just had difficult ...
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How to help our 10-month-old sleep without complete darkness?

We have a similar situation and our toddler naps quickly with the blackout routine but he also falls asleep in the car on his own even when we aren’t expecting it. I’m not sure self-soothing in a ten ...
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Course of action for putting newborn down for nap once sleep cue spotted

Congratulations on your newborn! I wish I could give you The Routine to put her to sleep without fail, but in my experience (4 kids), there's no such thing. Every baby is different. Things that work ...
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4 year old wakes up in hysterics, crying with eyes closed

This does sound like 'night terrors' even though it happens at naptime, too. My son did this. One night during his 'episode', I whispered, "shhhh, you'll wake up the baby." He woke up right ...
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toddler starting to wake up cranky

Poor quality sleep could be the immediate cause of this behavior. Has anything changed recently that may have affected sleep? Any recent changes in room temperature, noise, light? Any changes in the ...
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My 18 month old daughter too much sweating during sleep time and it leads a sleep problem

The good news is that waking up during the night is probably not doing her any harm as long as her total sleep amount is enough for her needs. My son is almost 3 and has never slept through the night,...
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Best light for rest/nap time for toddler: lamp or open drapes on large window?

For me personally, my 2 yr daughter has sadly no longer been taking naps consistently any more since we've been in lockdown. What I've done is put less pressure on the scheduled naps, encourage quiet ...
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How to change my 2.5-year-old's sleep-wake routine so he doesn't nap in the afternoon and wakes up too early in the morning?

It's possible to gently and gradually adjust your child's sleep timing and habits, but it may take some time and effort. Also make sure this is truly what you want-- if you get him sleeping at an ...
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My baby stays awake and plays until 4 am

I agree with the suggestion about dropping a nap. But also note you mention it seems to be around 2am regularly. This could be a body clock issue where their body is set to a 2am wake time because of ...
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23-month-old no longer napping in her crib

just a thought... If she's tired and crying when you place her down for a nap, can you try changing the time of her nap? A little earlier perhaps? Here's my thought process: little ones often reach ...
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Value of pacifier as a young infant's sleep aid?

The other option is they suck their thumb/fingers. You probably don't want to go there if you can help it. You can take away a pacifier, you can't take away their thumb. All my children were avid ...
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Value of pacifier as a young infant's sleep aid?

Like you said, it's hard to find any hard science on this. It seems like there's considerable disagreement about pacifiers, and I'm not an expert. Having said that, my opinion is that you aren't ...
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How do I get my 5 month old to take longer naps?

If she normally sleeps about 45 minutes, have a chair in the hallway outside his bedroom door and at about 15 minutes before she wakes up sit there and read a book or knit and wait and listen. The ...
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Why does my 5.5 nap so little during the day?

At birth, baby sleep patterns aren’t the natural cycle of day and night. It can take several months before babies become fully adapted to the 24-hour day. (as your baby is 5.5 month old, so this is ...
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5-month old daughter's sleep pattern problems

There are a few things I think you can do relatively soon that have very little risk. 1. Try a cradle swing. They're popular because they work. Most brands max out at about 10 kg, but it can at least ...
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How to make 4-month-old fall asleep during the day and nap longer?

Kudos for having an established bedtime routine! I would add to that to be fully cognizant of his energy level leading up to and during his nap routine. I found with both my daughters they came down ...
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