Joy - posted on 01/17/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )
I'm curious to see when your kids gave up naps altogether. My son is 3. He started protesting naps when he was 28 months old. By the time he was 30 months, he was completely finished with naps. He won't even lay down for a quiet time or a rest period anymore. I had to switch up my routine (not that I ever had a strict STRICT routine). Instead of nap time, we sit for about half an hour and I let him pick as many books as he wants for me to read. These days it's The Hungry Duckling over and over and over but I don't care. He sits still for 20 minutes or so and that's good with me.
It took me awhile to change my way of thinking regarding naps though. I remember myself napping still when I was around 5. I know my niece and both nephews napped daily until around 5 also. So for my son to be so adamant about not needing one at barely past the age of 2....it just didn't compute with me! I actually went through about 2 months of misery (misery for us both) where I was trying everything in my power to force him to nap. After two months of spending over an hour a day struggling with him, I gave up. Life got a LOT easier for us both after that. He gets up around 7-8am, is in bed usually by 8ish at night and sleeps well. He does get fussy sometimes later in the afternoon, and some days he will nap, I just don't force it.
So, what about your kids? When did they stop napping (how old)? If it was really young like my son was, did you force the issue or were you ok with them stopping? Also, for those of you who have kids like mine, who stopped napping at a young age, did you follow a strict routine with them before that? Thanks!