should nap time be over for my 5 yr old?

Nicole - posted on 11/23/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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should i stop the nap during the day for my 5 yr old, and wondering if 8:30 pm is to early for her bed time, any advice

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Kelly - posted on 12/08/2009

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maybe you could just stop calling it naptime and turn it into a quiet time for reading or a movie (disney makes the best sleepy movies,ask my husband, lol.) that way it's his choice if he sleeps. my kids have always taken naps when they were ready for one. my 10 yr old 5th grader still takes a nap after sax and homework is done. my 7th and 9th grader have been caught napping before dinner as well. if they need it their bodies will let them know. At 5 you still get to send "crankiness" down for a needed nap. and time it so it doesn't confuse bed time, wake them up if you have to. my kids always had an 8pm bedtime, the "only ones" to hear them tell it. when the oldest was 12 we extended it to 9:30 and then 10 so they could finish certain programs, partly because they all shared a room. they never actually stayed up that late, i always had to turn the t.v. off.today not one of them can stay awake past 10, it's kinda sad for my 14 yr.old's friend when she sleeps over, who thinks a sleep over should go past midnight. i just tell she's in charge of dragging sleeping beauty up to bed.

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Sarbani - posted on 09/28/2013

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its all depends on that particular child. because in average if you have no problem to make him sleep for at least 10 hours in the night then may consider his day time napping. now again if you if you see he is very tired after he come back from school i prefer a small nap little one.

1nitalove - posted on 10/28/2011

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My 5 year old still needs a nap once in a while. It depends on the child. Even Adults still take a nap sometimes. Once in a while my older children will take a nap but not often. Sometimes I wish those days could come back! lol

Angela - posted on 12/01/2009

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I think you should first check with the pediatrician and see how many hours of sleep a day is required for the age. Then I would also check with the pre-k or Kindergarten that your child will be going to and see if they have a nap or rest time and try to get your child ready for that schedule so there are no issues when she goes to school. I have a 4yr old and a 2yr old and they are in bed at 7:30 and sleeping no later than 9pm and they wake up at 8pm on a school day. My two year old also does not nap anymore. But you will know physically and emotionally when your child is getting enough sleep.

Lisa - posted on 11/30/2009

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My daughter is 5 and still takes and needs to take her naps. There's a big difference in the bedtime "battles" if she skips her nap. I think it just makes her overtired. The way I'll know when to stop her is when I see it in her behavior or affecting her going to bed. Right now, she goes to bed at 8:00 much easier if she has a nap than on days she misses it. Those days, she may argue us with requests for water, etc until 9:00.

Stacy - posted on 11/29/2009

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My kids stop taking naps around 3 years. All my kids are in bed by 7-8 p.m, every school night. Weekends they get to stay up later. If they nap to late into the after noon, they won't want to sleep at night. At 5 I think she might be in school, so napping late might not be a good idea.

Sarah - posted on 11/29/2009

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My son is five and he still takes naps every day. His bed time is at 8:30 and he sleeps all night. I think some children like sleep.

Julie - posted on 11/27/2009

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I think you as her mum know what is best for your daughter. At 5 she will be going to school soon but even in reception they still have quiet times for those that need to rest, so if she needs the nap, let her be. My children (20 months, 5, 7) go to bed 6.30pm, 6.45pm and 6.55pm, so 8.30pm definitely not too early!! It depends on the child, their usual routine. They're just like mini adults, we're all different, I'm an early to bed, early to rise - as are my children. I expect your daughter is a bit like you in some way and if this works for her, then that's fine. You will know when you need to stop the naps as she will start wanting to go to bed later and later & you'll have trouble settling her- I had to do this for mine when they were 3. Whatever works for you. By the way, once you stop the nap, 4-6.30pm really does become the "witching hour" (grumpy children, grumpy mummy). Hope it goes well, whatever you choose to do x

Karen - posted on 11/26/2009

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My daughter is 6 and in 1st Grade. She took naps all through Kindergarten and the following Summer. She needed the extra sleep or else by day 3 she was exhausted and then everything was a crisis. It depends on the kid how much sleep they need, but "nap time" or "quiet time" was still a habit so if she needed to sleep it was never a battle, just what we did. Some days we wouldn't be home, but usually we were here in the afternoon. Even now she takes a nap at least 1 day a week because she is exhausted between school and activities. She goes to bed between 8:30 and 9 and no, she was not awake by 3 or 4. Some of it is just a habit that you maintain so the kids go with the flow. If you feel your child needs the downtime, then at least give them the option of taking the time for quiet activities, resting, reading, etc., then if they need sleep it's not an issue. Also, by taking the time each day she didn't need to rely on me for entertainment which gave me a psychological break, too.

Erika - posted on 11/26/2009

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My son quit taking naps about 4 years old...whenever he began school. He is 6 now, and usually goes to bed at 8:30 on school nights. I don't think there is anything wrong with a 5 year old taking naps, but I personally would not make it a forced event. Children will often put themselves to bed if they need rest.

Erica - posted on 11/26/2009

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I don't think so..now my daughter even as a small child wasn't a nappy type of child,but then she has ADHD LOL...but my son is 9,and I still have him take naps,and he gives me no problems,and it saves on bad day melt downs lol..
Erica

April - posted on 11/26/2009

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Quoting nicole :

should nap time be over for my 5 yr old?

should i stop the nap during the day for my 5 yr old, and wondering if 8:30 pm is to early for her bed time, any advice



naps should be stopped at around this age and 8;30 or 9 is a great time for sleep because if they sleep too much say....7 they will be awake 3 or 4 in the morning

Angela - posted on 11/26/2009

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My son is almost 6 years old he stop taking naps at age 3. He goes to bed at 8pm everynight and that is by his choice.

Lisa - posted on 11/25/2009

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My son is 5 and he stopped taking naps at about 4.5, at least at home. He now goes to bed at 7 on school nights, but I have to wake him up at 5:45 on weekday mornings to get him to the sitters. His bedtime used to be at 8 until I noticed that his behavior was much better at school when got a little more sleep at night.

Tracey - posted on 11/24/2009

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my kids stopped having a nap at 3 and they go to bed at 7 with no problems and my son is coming up 6

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Quoting nicole :

should nap time be over for my 5 yr old?

should i stop the nap during the day for my 5 yr old, and wondering if 8:30 pm is to early for her bed time, any advice


no my five year old stilll get a nap on days off from school. and as for 8:30, my kids are in bed and sleeping by8:00 every night.

Jan - posted on 11/23/2009

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All mine stopped napping at 2 - 3... except my 4 year old but its a routine he can't get out of!! Mine were going to bed between half 7 and 8 at 5 yrs old and getting up at 7am. xx

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2009

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both of my boys bedtimes is 8 pm on school days and 8:30 on weekends. my 2 are 4 and 7. my 4 yr old still takes naps. and my oldest still took naps through kindergarden.

Liane - posted on 11/23/2009

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My girls both napped until they started kindergarten at roughly 5.5 years old. They also went to bed at 8 pm. They no longer nap at 9 and 7 years old but they do still go to bed at 8 pm. Every child is different but I've noticed with mine the more physically active they are the more sleep they will require at the end of the day. Outside time really wears them out ;)

Brittany - posted on 11/23/2009

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Honestly, my oldest is 6 1/2 and she stopped at 2.. only because she wouldn't sleep at night.. All kids are different, as all adults are. I don't think there is anything wrong with your 5 yr old napping if he or she needs it.. your the mama, you know! As far as the bed time goes, no.. 830 is a great time.. thats when my girls go to bed :)

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