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Is a nap really necessary if my toddler gets 12 hours of sleep?

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My 22-month old has taken a 1-2 hour nap everyday for the past year. But lately she has been unable to fall asleep at night until 11 or 12 when I put her to bed at 8 or 9pm. She will sleep until about 10am when this happens. I am still giving her a nap, but because the amount of time it takes for her to fall asleep at night is often longer than her naps, i'm wondering if I should do away with naps? As long as she is still getting the recommended 11-12 hours of sleep a day, is this ok? I don't want to let her stay up until 11 at night! She has a 3 year old sister who hasn't napped for the past year. But I stopped giving her naps bc she couldn't sleep during them; the 22-month-old will sleep if I put her down for one. They both go to bed between 8 and 9pm after doing the bedtime routine of bath, brush teeth, book, etc. The 3 year old always goes right to sleep (after a little complaining), but the younger one lays in bed, playing, talking or sometimes fussing, for hours. She just isn't tired yet. I'm a little scared if I do away with the nap she will pass out around dinnertime, and that would REALLY sabotage bedtime. I'm at a loss! Please help. Thanks!

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Well, my 19 month old son goes to bed at 8 pm and falls asleep soon after. He doesnt wake up untill 8 am the following morning and then he takes a 1-2 hour nap a day.. i think you should try to take away the nap for a day and see what happends.. b/c sometimes it will work, and sometimes it backfires and he stays up even later b/c he's so tired...

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