How many three year olds take naps?

Krystyn - posted on 04/06/2011 ( 192 moms have responded )

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My son is just about three n a half. he didnt take naps from the time he was one n a half until i met my now fiance. he thinks that all three year olds should take naps, i think it depends on the child. my son was fine with stayin up all day and goin to bed early, then we got together and he works from 7am-5pm. so when he comes home, sometimes J (my son) is whiney and he doesnt like it. ... im asking how many toddlers really take naps and how many mothers believe your child should tell you when he/she is ready to stop taking naps.

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Alejandria - posted on 04/07/2011

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My first child stopped napping on his own. I tried to "force" him to nap and it just interrupted his bedtime (meaning he wasn't tired then and had problems falling asleep) My second child needed an afternoon nap right up until he was five and still will nap in the afternnoon if he has had a particularly strenuous morning. It depends on the child. If you and he are happy with him not napping it's probably fine. On the other hand if he is regularly cranky he probably still needs a short nap. (1/2 hour maybe?)

Joanne - posted on 12/08/2011

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My daughter has had naps since day 1. She still sleeps anywhere from 1-3 hours in the afternoon. If she misses her nap she is not only grumpy but usually falls asleep during dinner. She goes to bed easily at night(8:00pm) and sleeps through till 7:30am. Depends on the child.

Sarah - posted on 11/14/2011

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I think these days parents are being WAY to easy on their kids and letting them do what they want ...My son is 8 and still takes naps they don't have to sleep but they have to relax! So yes and my son ( 3 ) takes 1- 1/2 hr. naps a day.

Sara - posted on 11/08/2011

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My son is three and he takes a nap every like 3-4 days... it all depends on the child... my son use to be very into taking a nap and would go lay himself down and then my fiancee started watching him during the day when I worked and it all changed b/c they were never home when he usely laid down... whining happens whether or not they take a nap... you have to get use to it!

Zee - posted on 10/28/2011

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It absolutely depends on the child. My oldest slept till just after her 3rd birthday but my youngest gave up naps at 2.

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Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2012

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My daughter is almost 5 and hasnt had naps in a while, I had to take them away, because she wouldnt nap wouldnt nap and than fall asleep at supper time and it would affect bedtime. Now she just started kindergarten and sometimes will have a short nap after school.

Suz - posted on 09/21/2012

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3year olds need naps. They may not want it, just like they don't want some other things that are good for them but they definitely need at least 1-3 hours of "down time" a day. Their energy level has little to do with their need to nap. Thir bodies (and brains) are developing at such fast rate at this age that biologically their bodies need additional rest.If you give your child a nap during the day you'll find he sleeps longer and a more restful sleep at night as long as his naps conclude at least 3 or 4 hours before his bedtime.

Heather - posted on 12/14/2011

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my son is 3 years and 5 months.. he takes naps only if he is sick and when he is really tired thats it.. i got tired of arguing with him to take a nap so if he dont take one its ok

Elisa - posted on 12/08/2011

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My son will be 4 in February, and took naps until school started last fall and he started afternoon preschool. I talked to my doc about it and he said he should be getting about 12 to 13 hours of sleep a day total. So if he doesn't get a nap, an earlier bedtime is fine. You know you son, and if he doesn't want to nap and going to bed early is working I say keep it up. I read in a book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" that keeping a kid up so the parent can play with them isn't a good thing. I totally botched how he put it, but I know my kids do so much better when they are well rested, whether they are sleeping longer at night or taking a nap. Anyway, good luck working something out.

Flower - posted on 12/08/2011

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I think that if your son is getting at least 10-12 hrs of sleep at night then you should be okay.If he is only getting 6-8hrs of sleep at night you might want to implement some napping time into your daytime schedule. As long as he has a consistent bedtime that last long enough to become well rested I don't think a nap is needed. Just remind your spouse that if your son starts taking naps that means he will be going to bed later and/or waking up earlier too. My son is 3yrs old and stopped taking naps at about a year and a half. It works for me and my schedule and he still gets sufficient sleep. Also pay attention to your child too. If he is showing signs that he is grumpy or tired then maybe a short nap is necessary to get him through the rest of the day happily without fuss, whining, or frustration.

Tabatha - posted on 12/02/2011

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my three year old takes a nap almost every day, it helps with the crankiness. if she doesn't get her nap she gets really whiney about 7 o'clock in the evening and will want to go to bed but if she goes to bed that early she will be up at the crack of dawn. She doesn't always want to take a nap. Most of the time i have to make her. It is also good practice for school. They have naotime in kindergraten. So at three years old yes they most likely still need to be taking naps. If not for his sake for yours. It will help the stress level in the evenings.And as far as him telling you when he doesn't need to take naps anymore you are the mother he is the child. You make the decisions not him. It sounds like he does still need to be taking naps if he is cranky like that in the evenings. Even if you have to make himtake it he deffinately most likely needs it whether he wants to or not.

Vennesa - posted on 11/30/2011

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My son will be 4 in Jan and still takes a nap. We get up about 7 and he lays back down about 12:30 and is up by about 2 and bedtime is at 9. But I do think it depends on the child. My friend has a daughter that is a few months older than my son and doesn't take naps. But if my son doesn't have one, he's a monster. Ha!

Stephanie - posted on 11/30/2011

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I have a 3 year old, and he's always been like clockwork on his naps. He used to take them every few hours when he was smaller, but he takes a nap everyday at 1:30 and sleeps until 3:30-4:00pm. There are times that I have to run errands or what have you and I might keep him up until 2pm but he's quick to fall asleep in the car on the way home and he'll still sleep for several hours. On the other hand, my nephew just turned 4 in July, and my sister said he stopped taking naps shortly after his 2nd birthday, so I think every child has their own patterns they'll follow. I wouldn't rely on any kid to tell me they do or do not need a nap though - even though my 3 year old takes naps everyday, I'm the one that has to tell him it's time to take a rest - otherwise he'd run himself out and become super fussy, so I try to avoid that situation if possible.

Stephanie - posted on 11/30/2011

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I have a 3 year old, and he's always been like clockwork on his naps. He used to take them every few hours when he was smaller, but he takes a nap everyday at 1:30 and sleeps until 3:30-4:00pm. There are times that I have to run errands or what have you and I might keep him up until 2pm but he's quick to fall asleep in the car on the way home and he'll still sleep for several hours. On the other hand, my nephew just turned 4 in July, and my sister said he stopped taking naps shortly after his 2nd birthday, so I think every child has their own patterns they'll follow. I wouldn't rely on any kid to tell me they do or do not need a nap though - even though my 3 year old takes naps everyday, I'm the one that has to tell him it's time to take a rest - otherwise he'd run himself out and become super fussy, so I try to avoid that situation if possible.

Angelia - posted on 11/28/2011

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My son has always taken a nap and I have no intentions on stopping now. I think they need their sleep and as long as they do it they should have it. My son fights sometime to not take one, but he always gets one. He'll be 4 in July.

Lindsay - posted on 11/26/2011

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I am a mom of 4 and my youngest will be 4 in March and naps daily. Without her nap she is miserable and falling asleep at dinner time. That being said each of my children gave up napping at different ages, but I did continue a "rest" time as I found that when they spent some time sitting quietly after lunch it helped to recharge their batteries and make them less cranky in the evenings.

Tenaj - posted on 11/25/2011

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I'm thankful my 3yr old still naps. He still needs them. When he doesn't have a nap he gets crabby.

I have a 5 yr old as well. She naps, but only if she's had a really busy/full morning that starts early. Otherwise, she will not nap and doesn't even like to just lay down for quiet time.

Michelle - posted on 11/22/2011

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My son will be 3 in Jan...and yes he still naps. Although there are days when he doesn't and when that happens he goes to bed early. His regular bedtime is 8:30-9:00 p.m. even with the naps!! Every child is different, but keeping them on some sort of schedule, I think, helps them feel more confident.

Sharyn - posted on 11/21/2011

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my three year old still has a nap, it helps when he is being naughty or is really tired from being up early!

Sharyn - posted on 11/21/2011

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my three year old still has a nap, it helps when he is being naughty or is really tired from being up early!

Angela - posted on 11/20/2011

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I agree with Sarah I think society tends to go too fast for kids in general. Expecting them to follow adult schdules, adults and kids benefit from so "ZEN" time.
Just a bit of quiet, turn the tv off, etc and enjoy so peace and quiet...the funny thing is if you are quiet and not distracted it can be very nice. You hear the birds outside, etc... the music of quiet is nice to listen too :)

Kayla - posted on 11/19/2011

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I say it depends on the kid. Some are fine to go all day. If we go to the park and are outside for a long period of time then my daughter will get tired. Other than that she doesn't have naps during the day. Cause if she does then she doesn't want to go to sleep at night. Until late. Some kids I have seen can nap for 3-4 hours hours in the day and still go to bed at their bedtime 8pm. All kids are different.

Sarah - posted on 11/18/2011

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Both of my kids still take naps and they are 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 my oldest son is now telling me he does not want to nap anymore so I just let him read in his room or play quietly.If your fiance is trying to change things that have always been this way for your son it will likely end in nothing more then a battle of wills.If your son has never really napped don't force him but I tell ya I love the quiet time naps bring lol.

Vanessa - posted on 11/17/2011

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My daughter is 4.5 and still takes a nap most days. But like you said, all kids are different. My son is 20 months and we just transitioned him to one nap. I feel like if they kid falls asleep every time you get in the car or stroller, or is not sleeping enough at night, or is grouchy, etc during the late afternoon/evening, he probably needs a nap or "quiet time" at the least. Sometimes my DD will just lay in bed for a while and then "read" books in bed until I tell her she can get up.

Wendy - posted on 11/16/2011

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Both my boys stopped taking naps around age two, because they would up half the night if they slept even 20 minutes! My 3-year-old does get al little whiney aroung dinner-time, but we deal with it, and he's in bed by 8 o'clock.But I think it depends on the child.If they nap during the day, and still go to bed with no problem, I would say let them nap!

Sukanya - posted on 11/16/2011

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My son stopped taking naps during the day when he was about 2 and half. If I forced him to take a nap he would but then he would be up till 10 or even later at night. I found that worse than not taking a nap during the day.
Every child is different. My nephew is 1 and he does not sleep more than 10 hours a day. My son slept a lot more when he was that age. So I think it is absolutely fine .

Kari - posted on 11/15/2011

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My DD is 3 will be 4 in March.. She still takes naps.. My 4 yr old son.. takes naps sometimes... It does depend on the child in my opinion.. you cant force a child to take a nap if he/she doesnt want to... unless of course he/she is tired and needs one.

Amanda - posted on 11/15/2011

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My little boy will be 3 in Feb. We still do naps. If we don't he is extremely whiney and cranky. I try to keep a schedule. Nap at 2...bedtime at 9-9:30. Seems if we keep on schedule he does so much better. He sleeps well at night even with a nap. There have been times though that we start naps at 2 and he gets up over and over...if he does that for a certain amount of time I usually skip the nap for that day.

Kristy - posted on 11/14/2011

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My daughter is 3 and 1/2 and she hasn't taken naps since before she was 2. If by some chance she does nap during the day, even for 5 mins, then she doesnt go to bed at night until 11 or midnight! It all depends on the child.

Katie - posted on 11/11/2011

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My son is four and still requires a two hour nap. Naps are great!! When they stop needing naps you will know.

Sharame - posted on 11/10/2011

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My son has never taken a nap, and he will be 4 in December. Personally I've battled insomnia since i was a child and knows how frustrating it is to be told lay down just close your eyes and you'll fall asleep. And then sit there for HOURS. I always thought it was cruel. He sometimes takes a nap if we've had a SUPER busy day and usually in the car but sticking to a schedule and getting him to lay down doesn't happen in our house. And he's a happy cheery boy sometimes whiney but he's a toddler and i imagine that just comes with the territory. He usually gets up at 8 and goes to bed around 9.

Kristen - posted on 11/10/2011

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Mine still takes a nap. Sometimes its just an hour (hopefully) and other times its 2.5 hours. She needs those naps or she is a GROUCH. She always says she doesn't need a nap, but she falls asleep so quick. So IDK when she will be ready to stop, but I know its not today.

Angela - posted on 11/09/2011

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Judy G we do the same thing in fact we never called it naptime but quiet time. It just helps us all wind down a bit. Claire does not always nap but she does get her quiet time in.

Jesse - posted on 11/09/2011

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My son is 3 and 1/2 and he takes a nap during the day. If not he is ridiculous in the evening and usually falls asleep in a puddle of his own tears around 6. I have a home daycare and all the kids nap here, I usually say they don't need naps when they start school. Heck I wish I could take a nap!

Judy - posted on 11/09/2011

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My son began "resisting" the naps at 3 (where he would just lay awake in bed) but we've been consistent to have this quiet time and/or nap. Without it, he tends to be cranky and whiny. He continues to nap and still sleeps 12hrs every night. The routine should always work around your schedule (like on weekends, we may skip the nap because of our activities). Makes for a happy child AND Mom!

Angela - posted on 11/07/2011

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I did not read all the post so someone may have already stated this and I am sorry.

I was on the other side of the nap issue with my soon to be 3 year old. She still needs an afternoon nap and I had to argue with her preschool for mornings. Their policy is 2 mornings and 2 afternoons but they state you can choose for yourself.

So after tying the afternoons for a few months, I said this is not working. The coordinator refused to give us all mornings. Stating most kids are fine. So we changed preschools and she is fine now.

So I googled the issue and found out in the USA alone 75 % of kids age 2-4 take naps. However the article pointed out some kids need more sleep than others.

Claire does not take a afternoon nap every day, but not to matter nap or not she is whiny and tired by the end of the day, that is normal. It is just the end of the day stress of toddler life and they are tired just as we are at the end of the day except they express it differently.

The average toddler ages from age 3-5 needs 10-12 hours per sleep a day. If that is with a nap fine if not fine.

Most kids outgrow their naps and you can tell because if you force the nap they do not sleep or if they sleep the go to bed later.

My other child stopped her naps by age 2, she did a good sleep at night and was fine. Every child is different.

According to the info I found a 2-3 year old needs

Jenine - posted on 11/07/2011

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My son is 3yrs old and my husband and I always put him down for an our a day. He gets up at 6:30 am 4 days a wk to go to pre-school and he needs that nap he's a little cranked up if he does not get a nap. And yes you will be able to tell if your toddler needs a nap.

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Hi. My son is four and still naps no more than 1-1/2. I them him he has to relax a bit. So if he naps ok. If not well bed extra early. But I think at least a quite relax time in his bed his good.

Corrina - posted on 11/05/2011

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My daughter is 3.She still takes naps.I think we have a pretty good routine.M-F she wakes up between 6-7 by 10:30 it's relax time.T.v off and we lay together.Most of the time she is asleep in less then 10 mins. No longer then 2 hrs.Up busy again then 8-9 bedtime.It really works well for both of us.I think having naps "for her anyways"is much needed.If not she gets crabby and also trys to go to sleep around 5

Laura - posted on 11/02/2011

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I definitely think it depends on the child. My daughter is 3 and she usually still takes naps during the day, if not at home she falls asleep in the car when we're driving somewhere lol. I don't make her take naps during the day anymore unless she's super cranky and I can tell it's because she's tired. But she likes to get up pretty early in the morning and is always on the go so between about 1 and 3 she usually ends up falling asleep on the couch or going to "rest" in her room and I find her asleep in her bed. It makes it nice for me sometimes though because I can get some things done around the house! I think you just have to determine what your own child's needs are.

Fayquite - posted on 11/01/2011

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My daughter is 33 months and she has never took naps. She sleeps through the night and plays all day!

Tiffany - posted on 10/31/2011

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Hi there, I have 4 kids @23. 6, twin3's, &1. My one year old has always napped of course. My twins stopped probably 2 lol. The oldest doesn't anymore, she stopped about 2-3 as well.
However, just about a month ago I did start nap time again, I am a stay home mom so i started a whole new schedule. Anyways about nap, its right after they eat lunch 11:45-2:15pm and I can't say they have never been happier, less whiny, get along GREAT. And I get two hours to myself! I love that the most :-) ... when you first start it won't be so easy, but their body's will get used to it they are usually in bed no later than 8pm, I start bath/story/etc at 7 or right after dinner.
My mom says I even napped in school, but I really think its the child, I know if mine sleep to late I can't get a bedtime:-(! So you just got to work and find out the best for your situation, all I can say is my son was the cryer of any crowd of baby's, and he is absolutely MUCH easier to handle with a nap, listening, plying, cleaning everything is better!

Rebecca - posted on 10/31/2011

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i am lucky if i can get my 3 year old to take a nap. doesn't happen that often

Tonya - posted on 10/30/2011

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My daughter has always been a great sleeper and nap taker. I often wonder if she will grow out of her naps. However, I have plenty of friends with toddlers the same age (3.5)... and most have already grown out of their nap time. (As long as they go to bed early and get the rest they need) We thought that our daughter was ready to give up naps last year, however, after a few days of now naps, we found her dozing in the middle of the afternoon. Kids, inevitably, always have a way of letting us know what they are ready for and what they are not ready for (whether it's spoken or not). As long as your kiddo sleeps good at night and has some down time during the day, I don't see why you would have to force him to take a nap (just because someone else's philosophy is different). You have to do what works for you and your son... and do what is best for your son.

Davlyn - posted on 10/27/2011

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My daughter is 3years old and she takes naps usually around 1 o'clock everyday. If for some reason she does not fall asleep,she gets into her cranky mood. Or sometimes she's having way to much fun with her brother & sister, so she won't take a nap that whole day. Which is perfectly fine with me because once 7:30-8:00pm rolls around she'e ready to pass out till the next 8:00 the next morning. So it just depends on what you could handle. I personally think that it's ok to pass on naps and once 7:00pm comes around the child knows it bedtime.

Staci - posted on 10/26/2011

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My daughter 3 and 3 months told me no more naps at 2 9months. Sometimes after preschool if I see she's cranky I'll have her lay down in my bed for an hour or 2. I stay with her, sometimes she's told me she's tired...she will take one. She sleeps 12 hours at night, so she gets it in!

Kristine - posted on 10/26/2011

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My little man just turned 3 in September and he still takes naps, if he doesnt take a nap or misses it, he is grumpy and irritable until bedtime, and he sleeps better at night because of the nap, he needs to recharge in the middle of the day! he runs from the time he wakes up around 630-7am to around 1 which is his nap time and goes to bed at 830-9pm :)

Stacy - posted on 10/26/2011

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My son is 3 1/2 and he needs a daily nap otherwise he gets very cranky and does things he normally wouldn't do...His naps usually range between 1 and 2 1/2 hours..Sometimes it is a fight to get him to take a nap but he eventually gives in and falls asleep...We both need that time to rejuvenate :)

Megan - posted on 10/25/2011

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I have 2 boys Jaxon 4 and in half days at school and Bridger 2 and i make them both take naps if they dont want to sleep thats ok they still lay and take a rest for an hour and a half it really makes a huge difference in they rest of the day they get along better and have more fun together but its also part of our routine so there really isnt a fight when it comes to nap time if its not routine it could be a little bit harder to get him down.

Patti - posted on 10/24/2011

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My son is 3 1/2 years old and he naps regularly everyday.Anywhere from one to two hours.

Crystalina - posted on 10/23/2011

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mine takes them almost every day, and if she doesn't, she can get a little bratty. if your son is upset for seemingly no reason, or it takes very little to upset him and he's normally cool with it, then he probably needs a nap. just set up a quiet time for both of you, and if he sleeps, cool, if not, no big deal.

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