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Missed nap. GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 15824 posts
9th Apr '13

If your toddler, around 2, misses their nap.. and goes to bed early. Like, 2 hours early. What do you do?
Wake them up until their normal bedtime? Or just let them sleep and hope they sleep?

MamaTiffy[20-weeks] Due August 2; 2 kids; Sunnyvale, CA, United States 8725 posts
9th Apr '13

I posted the exact same thing an hour ago, funny :)



Right now she's still asleep, im praying she sleeps through the night cuz Im about to go to sleep myself!



http://forum.baby-gaga.com/about2479646.html

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
9th Apr '13

If my two year old skips his nap, he falls asleep around 4-5pm and then wakes around 6-7 and wants to stay awake until 11pm-midnight, it is so frustrating!! I really have no solutions when that happens, so I try to make sure he naps no later than 2pm.
ETA: I sometimes do try to keep him awake and then let him fall asleep no earlier than 7:30pm, and that works ok, but by that time he is super grumpy and whiny.

Efflorescence 1 child; California 619 posts
9th Apr '13

My DS usually sleeps around 9 or 930 but on the days he misses his nap he usually sleeps at 730 and I let him sleep all night.

Max Power♥ 2 kids; Victorville, California 3328 posts
9th Apr '13

I wake DD up, because I KNOW she won't sleep through the night. Say she tries to nap around 7ish, her bedtime is at 10. I'll let her sleep for 15 or 20 minutes and then wake her up until bed time.

TootsMcGoots 1 child; Saskatchewan 3732 posts
9th Apr '13

DS is 10 months, and if this happens, I let him nap for maximum 30 mins then wake him up....Sometimes he goes to bed a little after his regular bedtime (which is anywhere from midnight - 2 :roll:) and sometimes it doesn't affect him...but, he doesn't sleep through the night anyway...

GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 15824 posts
9th Apr '13
Quoting TootsMcGoots:" DS is 10 months, and if this happens, I let him nap for maximum 30 mins then wake him up....Sometimes ... [snip!] ... is anywhere from midnight - 2 :roll:) and sometimes it doesn't affect him...but, he doesn't sleep through the night anyway..."


Your kid sounds exactly like mine......



Midnight if I am lucky.

yo moyo 1 child; Ishim, Russian Federation 1335 posts
9th Apr '13

I'd do nothing and be happy he went to sleep earlier because it would mean he wouldn't be sleep deprived the next day and get his normal hours of sleep. I don't think 2 hours is really that early when a kid misses a nap, they'll just be making up for lost sleep.

blessed with two boys 2 kids; Pennsylvania 220 posts
9th Apr '13

If my children( 2 and 3) miss their nap I usually try to keep them up until their normal bedtime. I've let them sleep before, and they end up waking up at 3am and are ready to start the day.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
9th Apr '13
Quoting momento mori:" I'd do nothing and be happy he went to sleep earlier because it would mean he wouldn't be sleep deprived ... [snip!] ... hours of sleep. I don't think 2 hours is really that early when a kid misses a nap, they'll just be making up for lost sleep. "

depends on the kid!! lol

yo moyo 1 child; Ishim, Russian Federation 1335 posts
9th Apr '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" depends on the kid!! lol "


I'm sure it does. I give advice based on my rather limited experience lol.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
9th Apr '13
Quoting momento mori:" I'm sure it does. I give advice based on my rather limited experience lol. "


yeah every kid is so different, it's crazy. Even if my older child had skipped naps, she would still sleep just fine at bedtime, but not my younger kid. He skips a nap and his schedule is all out of whack.

Laura [Syltherin] 3 kids; Florida 12072 posts
9th Apr '13

If they skip a nap, i will usually try to keep them up until their normal bedtime. If they are really grumpy or falling sleep on the floor, i will let them nap for an hour. I try not to deviate from their normal bedtime too much.