Our 22 month old son went from taking - on average - a 2 hour nap a day to screaming when he realizes that my wife is putting him down for a nap. He can get really hysterical, he got so upset today that he threw up on my wife (and other various places). We are not trying to keep him on a fixed schedule in any way, he shows signs of exhaustion when we put him down. It seems like there is nothing that we can do.
Is it possible that a 22 month old does not need a nap (he does sleep well at night)?
Is it possible that this is part of an emotional response to the change in seasons (we are in NYC). A friend of ours said her son when 2 got upset when the seasons changed from summer to fall/winter.
I am a big fan of there being a reason for everything. Our son is not talking yet, so he is not able to communicate what he wants from us or what is bothering him. We are looking for ideas! If anyone has any thoughts or experience, please weigh in!
It could be that he just realized that he can put up a fuss if he doesn't like something and get his way. I had a daughter who used to throw up every single night because she didn't want to go to bed, and that was with no nap during the day....and she was only a little over one year old.
Maybe it is from the seasonal changes. But think of the closer elements in her room. Is the heater noisy or does he miss the sound of the fan in his room from the summer? Are his clothes uncomfortable? Maybe it is the sun that it hitting (or not hitting) his room in the way he is accustomed to.
Then again, some children just grow out of naps early. He does still need naps, but not ones that are so long. Children can change suddenly like that...there is a reason, but we can't see it because, well it's biological. I'm sorry I don't have a better explanation. Also, check to see how much time he sleeps at night. If he is still getting the same at night or sleeping longer at night, then you will have to adjust the nap time accordingly.
He might also go in patterns too, where he will not take a nap one day and then crash for three hours the next. This is normal. You will see this same pattern when he eats. He might refuse to eat very much for a few days or even a week....and then hog it down for a few days to make up for lost time. It doesn't make sense to us because we are so time oriented, but it makes sense to them because they just follow how they happen to feel at the time.
Here is a chart that I like to give to all parents who are having difficulty with their children's sleep schedule. It isn't set in stone, but it's a good guideline. Good luck!