10 Reasons Your Toddler Won’t Nap 10 Reasons Your Toddler Won’t Nap
Toddlers are so adorable, aren’t they? When they’re asleep, that is. A toddler who is refusing sleep, on the other hand, well, that’s a... 10 Reasons Your Toddler Won’t Nap

Toddlers are so adorable, aren’t they?

When they’re asleep, that is.

A toddler who is refusing sleep, on the other hand, well, that’s a whole other kettle of crappy fish.

Toddlers are completely unpredictable. Well, apart from the fact that you can pretty much guarantee they will refuse sleep on the days you really really need them to nap.

Got work to do? There will be no napping.

Need to get ready for a social occasion? O-ho, no naps in sight.

Desperate for just a few minutes to yourself to clear your head and regain your sanity? Nada. No nap. Not a chance.

As a grown up with braincells, you know that if you can just figure out why something is happening, you can come up with a solution. The same must apply to nap-fighting toddlers, right?

Wrong. But, just for fun, here are 10 reasons why your toddler won’t nap:

#1: Because What You’re Doing Looks Too Fun

Being a toddler sucks. It means you have to nap when other people are awake doing fun secret things.


Sure, those fun secret things might turn out to be eyebrow plucking, dish washing and online grocery shopping, but how is a toddler meant to know that?

If you asked a toddler to guess what adults do during naptime, they would probably say run around naked, play in a ball pool and eat chocolate.

And your toddler will sacrifice any nap to find out if you are actually doing all of her favourite activities while she’s busy sleeping.

#2: Because Of All The Farting

How can you expect a toddler to nap when there is farting to be done?

Nope, instead of sleeping, your toddler is just going to fart a lot.

That’ll be fun for you because toddler trumps smell like rotten egg and you’ll be forced to lie there and breathe it in.

Oh and every fart will sound like it followed through so you’ll panic and check your toddler’s nappy again.

So much fun. For your toddler, not for you.

#3: Because Of The Sandwich

Yeah, it was hours ago. And yeah, you didn’t think it seemed like such a big deal at the time.

But those vile, offensive, disappointing triangle sandwiches you gave her for lunch? They should have been rectangles.

You know they should have been rectangles. Sandwiches are rectangular, not triangular.

You really messed up there. And now you will pay.

#4: Because She’s Lying On Your Face

Ah, gymnastics, it’s always fun. Even at naptime.

Why lie calmly and sensibly in your bed when you could be scaling the walls and jumping on your mama’s head?

Good luck trying to convince your strong-willed toddler that lying with her butt on your nose isn’t a great idea (see #2 for the potential dangers).

#5: Because You Have Something Fun Planned For This Afternoon

Did you make the mistake of telling your toddler about the fun thing this afternoon?

The thing that will really only be fun if your toddler is well rested and in good spirits?

How foolish of you. Of course she can’t sleep through this excitement.

Now your special afternoon will be ruined by an overtired irrational tantrum-throwing monster aka your toddler.

#6: Because She Walked Past Some Sugar Earlier

If your toddler has so much as breathed in a grain of sugar during the day, there will be no nap.

A single grain of sugar can power your toddler for approximately eight hours.

Your toddler will look completely wired with wild eyes and way too much energy. Have fun with that…

#7: Because You Want Her To

Oh, she’s not an idiot.

She can smell your desperation in much the same way dogs can smell fear.

She can see your pleading eyes willing her to sleep.

And, in true toddler fashion, she will now do everything in her power to stay awake and drive you crazy.

#8: Because She Doesn’t Have Her Favourite Teddy

If your toddler doesn’t have Misty, her favourite teddy bear, gripped tightly in her hands, how can you possibly expect her to sleep? What is sleep without Misty?

What is the point of napping if you can’t share those 40 precious winks with your most treasured cuddly toy?

Alas. And no prizes for guessing where Misty is.

Your toddler shoved her in the toilet when you weren’t looking.

Toddler 1 – Nap time 0.

#9: She’s Overtired

She’s so tired she can’t sleep. Ha. Welcome to the inner circle of hell.

What lies ahead?

Tantrums, tears and all the crying. And there is no help in sight.

After all, how do you help a toddler who needs sleep so badly she can’t sleep?

Riddle me that.

#10: Because She’s Dropped Her Nap

I know, it’s not what you want to hear.

Of course it isn’t, but sometimes it has to be said.

She might not want to nap because maybe, just maybe, she’s dropped that nap.

Yes, that’s a thing. Hey, don’t cry all over the messenger.

Why isn’t your toddler napping today?

Henry Okafor

  • Mari Cosa

    2017-02-14 #1 Author

    #7 sounds just like my baby 👶🏽

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  • Damion

    2017-02-14 #2 Author

    Wow great information

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  • Shontanique

    2017-02-14 #3 Author

    Well today my toddler isn’t napping because we have something fun planned today she won’t sleep 😂😂 but it’s fine because when we get back home
    She willl sleep through the night 🙌🏾

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  • Daniellemommy0104

    2017-02-15 #4 Author

    Lol oh wow , this is why they be up alll day

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  • Avah smith

    2017-02-15 #5 Author

    This is great information my daughter is 9months cool fun facts I will need to know. A lot of things I didn’t know.

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  • nautica

    2017-02-15 #6 Author

    omg , this helps alot i had no idea lol. im gonna try to lay down then maybe he’ll lay down and fall asleep

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  • Gesheka Hunter

    2017-02-15 #7 Author

    same problems with me , when i wanna nap with my baby he decides to wake up like nope mommy no nap for you !

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  • Bryanna N

    2017-02-15 #8 Author

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  • Heaven

    2017-02-15 #9 Author

    This article was very helpful for my son who stays up at 5 in the morning. I had to keep him up during the day to change that Thanks

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  • Kenwana Donelson

    2017-02-15 #10 Author

    So funny because this is my baby all the way ‘ when I’m sleepy ‘ he’s wide awoke all the time

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  • Jay

    2017-02-15 #11 Author

    Great information this is so true

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  • Autumn

    2017-02-15 #12 Author

    This is a very interesting article id say cause #10 sounds like my baby. Shes very fussy.

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  • Nsryne

    2017-02-15 #13 Author

    That is So funny ♡

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    • Skye Merrell

      2017-02-15 #14 Author

      Oh wow this is very informative iinformation a lot of this explains why my Toddler never goes to sleep especially with him being tired and fighting his sleep. He scared he’s going to miss something and I didn’t even understand why because in daycare he goes right to sleep with no problem but now that I see. It’s all makes plenty of since lol

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  • Anjerracle

    2017-02-15 #15 Author

    Very Helpful 😊 Tips Recommend Mother’s To Read

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  • Awenegieme Atsikeokhai Joyce

    2017-02-15 #16 Author

    Very interesting article #2 talk about my baby, she fart a lot and every fart comes with its sound, through which she panic too. Lolz

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  • Remeal Wallace

    2017-02-15 #17 Author

    These are good ideas , my Two month and 1 year old likes to sleep feeling me next to them or feeling my skin it really helps me and them sleep.

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  • Quamesha Bee

    2017-02-15 #18 Author

    this article was very help, learn something new everyday.

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  • Cheyanne

    2017-02-15 #19 Author

    Mine won’t nap for nothing.😂

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  • Aaliyah

    2017-02-15 #20 Author

    This is so true !

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  • abai mac-obegba

    2017-02-15 #21 Author

    My little champ won’t nap because he’s too tired. You’ll see him fighting it.
    I just let him play a little more, that does it for me.

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  • Nishia

    2017-02-15 #22 Author

    .. lolll number 7 is my baby ALLL DAY 😂😂

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  • Brittani Griffith

    2017-02-15 #23 Author

    Tell me this article didn’t make you have flashbacks….my son somehow is always doing summersaults in his sleep and either my face or back ends up being his gym mat lol. As for walking past sugar my son stumbles across “hummies” (gummies) in the pantry which he climbs up lol. This has started my day right for sure!

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  • Ta’Nay

    2017-02-15 #24 Author

    I’m going to keep this information in mind, my daughter is 7 months and full of energy 😊

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  • TaNay

    2017-02-15 #25 Author

    I’m going to keep these in mind, my daughter is 7 months and full of energy!

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  • Jamaica hunt

    2017-02-15 #26 Author

    Great information, I really enjoyed this article

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  • Krystle Butler

    2017-02-15 #27 Author

    Right now I have a newborn still. But this will be very helpful once Ava becomes a toddler.

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  • Cj

    2017-02-15 #28 Author

    Lol Had Number 2 Happen Before😂😂😂

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  • Jamaica hunt

    2017-02-15 #29 Author

    Very helpful article

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  • Diamond

    2017-02-16 #30 Author

    The information here is so accurate!!

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  • Nana Akua

    2017-02-16 #31 Author

    My baby is mostly awake in the night because she sleeps a lot during the day.

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  • Jill

    2017-02-16 #32 Author

    This is great information because my daughter will not sleep untill everyone is in the bed! But she sleeps at the caregiver during the day! We just say she’s just busy and nosy!

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  • Maris royal strengher

    2017-02-17 #33 Author

    Haha
    Some funny thoughts from babies
    My baby wont sleep when the lights are off

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  • Farrah

    2017-02-17 #34 Author

    I can relate to #1 My daughter is every bit of nosy and wont lay down unless im laying down too. Its been that way since birth! lol

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  • Teejay Shaw

    2017-02-17 #35 Author

    #9 is my daughter all day! When she gets overtired she cries and throws tantrums for hours. How do you get it to stop!?

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  • Alexis Wallace

    2017-04-16 #36 Author

    Very useful information!

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