should i still be letting my 2 1/2 year old take a nap during the day?

Nicky - posted on 04/04/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

20

45

1

he goes to bed between 8 and 9 pm and is up at 6.30 or 7 am ? maybe i should cut them out ?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Khadijah - posted on 04/09/2011

312

4

29

My girls are a little over 2 years old (26 months) and a nap is very much needed. They are soooo cranky during the day if they do not have their nap. They have lunch around 12:30pm, go down for a nap between 2-2:30pm and go to bed around 9pm. They wake up between 8-9am. It works for them and they are much happier kids when they have their nap.

Sinclairbrooks - posted on 04/08/2011

63

11

7

A 2 1/2 year old child needs at least 11 - 13 hours of sleep a day, so if he is only getting around 10 hours of sleep a night, I would say a nap is still in order. If he were to sleep 11 - 13 hours a night, then a nap wouldn't be needed.

Wendy - posted on 04/04/2011

158

36

7

hi! I think its up to how the child does during the day. is he cranky if he doesnt nap during the day? how does he do if there is no nap? I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter and we still like for her to at least rest during her nap time which is after lunch for a 1 1/2 hour or so but its really up to her during that time whether she sleeps or not but i know that if she doesnt want to rest or sleep then she is cranky during the day. She goes to sleep around 9 or 10 sometimes and wakes up 7 or 8am lately which will have to start getting her to wake up around 6:30-7:00am because her father will be leaving soon for two weeks for work which then she will have to come with me when I take her brother to school AND August she will be starting VPK and she will have to go to sleep at a desent time then, VPK does have a rest period during their day too. Sorry about the rambling but lol Im a social butterfly! lol Good luck with your son :) Let me know how it goes!

Helen - posted on 09/18/2013

59

0

14

Yes, it is still important. Their brains have to deal with so much during the course of a busy day. A nap gives their brains a chance for "housekeeping" and recovery. Most toddlers go to sleep more readily at night and have better quality of sleep if they are not overtired.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

21 Comments

View replies by

Lorraine - posted on 09/19/2013

2

0

0

Thank you Helen for your reply.
I strongly agree and think I might just let the little bloke decide if he wants to have a sleep when with nanna.
I also need this time to take a breather, as he is quite full on as you can imagine.
No good having a cranky worn out nanna too.
Cheers
Lorraine

Lorraine - posted on 09/17/2013

2

0

0

I am a nanna taking care of my 2 year old grandson 2 full days per week.
He often loves to hop in and have a nap from about 12-2 or even a bit more when he is staying with me.
His mum & dad don't agree with me letting him still have these daytime sleeps as they say he doesn't want to go to bed till about 10pm at night.
I have tried to keep him awake but sometimes he just hops in himself and off he goes or falls asleep in the car if we have been to the shops. He doesn't wake when I lift him out of the car and I don't have the heart to wake him.
Want to keep everyone happy so would you please have any suggestions on my concerns. I notice if he doesn't have this sleep when he is with me he gets very very naughty and cranky and by the time he is picked up by mummy late in the afternoon he is quite ferral.

Carrie - posted on 04/07/2011

7

24

0

my 5 year old daughter still takes a nap, not because I require it but because her body needs it. Usually when she comes home from preschool she is tired and it doesn't take long for her to fall asleep on her own. On the weekends when my older children are home she is distracted and will skip it. I would prefer her not to take one anymore because she goes to be earlier, but when she is tired and a crank pot, well I'd rather her sleep for a bit. It's whatever he needs more than what you "should" do.:)

Elizabeth - posted on 04/07/2011

2

5

0

It totally depends on the kid.. My first born stopped napping at 18 months and hasn't looked back, unfortunately for me! Quiet time became destruction time, so we kind of nixed that.. She goes and goes all day, but sleeps very well at night..Shes 4 1/2 now. My second? She's almost 3 and still naps almost every day.. I'm trying to shorten them now, and that's only b/c she's up until 9, and bedtime is 8.15 for her and her sister. Funnily enough, my husband never was a big napper, and my mom had to physically stop me from naps right before I started kindergarten! so it must be genetic.. If he's happier and still sleeping well at night, I'd continue the naps!

Krystyn - posted on 04/07/2011

45

27

3

my son does the same now. he's three n a half. i find that he goes to bed easier at night without them. just have to keep the kids occupied all day , keep them busy and running around ... it helps my little boy get thru the day without a nap. :)

[deleted account]

almost all kids thath age need a nap in the day. i used to work in an aust childcare centre, and it was a regulation that all children in the centre have a rest time in the day, even the 4/5yr olds. even if they didn't sleep they had a bed made and they had to rest quietly. just before school age most of the kids didn't sleep, and they had a 20min quite time resting on the floor rather then a sleep, I worked in the 2-3 yrs room, and all of our kids not only slept but needed to have that sleep. also my son a 2yrs3mths and sleeps 2-3hrs a day, and 11hrs at night from 8pm-7am as part of his routine, atm he has a cold and has been sleeping longer.

Adriana - posted on 04/05/2011

3

2

1

i was told that the more they nap the more they sleep at night .....my son is 2 and he naps once during the day around 2pm and wakes up at 5pm then he goes to sleep at 9:30pm to wake up at almost 10am ...

Donna - posted on 04/05/2011

126

11

13

If it suits you to keep that schedule, then go with the flow. It is not uncommon for little guys to need a sleep, although by 2 1/2 many only need a catch up nap a few times a week.
I admin that Mattie was going to bed at 8pm and often not sleeping until 9, so we dropped his daytime nap (unles he passed out on his own of course) and if he did sleep we made sure it wasn't over 30 mins. We did this because he was sharing with an older brother and was still being disruptive when Ben went off to bed. I think it took 2-3 days to settle into the new routine, and he now goes at 7.30pm, getting up between 7 and 7.30am

Jessica - posted on 04/05/2011

19

29

2

My son is on the same schedule lol and yes i have him take a nap still after lunch or else he is soo over tired by bedtime that is hard to get him to settle down for bed or he tries to crash early and that just messes up his routine and he will be 3 in may. It all depends on your schedule and what works for you guys.

Heather - posted on 04/05/2011

115

7

12

It all depends on how your child is. I have a 2 yr old(3 in July) and most of the time he takes atleast a 2 hr nap during the day. When his sleep routine is on schedule, he will sleep from about 9-10 at night till 730-800 in the morning, and lay down from noon till 2 in the afternoon. If he doesnt get his daytime nap, he will either crash out early in the evening and mess up his routine or he will get extremely cranky come later that night. So I have found it is best to keep him on his regular nap schedule. If your child does okay without the nap, no crankyness or extreme exhaustion looking then if you dont want him having one, its up to you, but if you notice a change in his habits by not giving him a nap then it would be best to keep him going on it. Only you can decide what is best, but keep in mind, kids need their sleep to be well rested, they learn on a daily basis whether you are teaching them or not they are always exploring and you want them to be well rested to be able to explore and learn, even though sometimes the curiousity can get the best of you, its still a great thing for a toddler to be curious, and not be too tired to be curious!

Vicki - posted on 04/05/2011

1,150

0

166

Forget the word 'should' and do what works for you and your boy. If you feel he's up too late try skipping the nap. If he's too cranky by the evening then bring the nap back. My boy is 21 months. Most days he has one day nap then goes to bed between 8-9pm, up 7-7.30am. Once a week or so he just won't go to sleep for his nap, his bedtime is then at 7-7.30pm.

Gena - posted on 04/05/2011

103

3

8

My son will be 4 in a few weeks and still takes a 2 hour nap every day!!! He also goes to bed at 830 and is up usually around 7-730am. He def still needs a nap and gets really cranky in the evenings if he has not slept all day! Your child will let you know when they are ready to stop napping...they will be hard to get to sleep and wont stay asleep for very long....until then, I would say they still need one!

Mehak - posted on 04/04/2011

5

13

0

I think 10-11hrs at night with an hour or two napin the afternoon should be the way to go for toddlers between 18months to 3 yrs.
My 18 month old sleeps for about an hour to hour and half in the daytime and goes to bed at 9 at night , waking up between 7-8am & its been working out perfect for us :)
As long as ur baby needs it..give the nap, this way he wont be too cranky during the afternoon

Mehak - posted on 04/04/2011

5

13

0

I think 10-11hrs at night with an hour or two napin the afternoon should be the way to go for toddlers between 18months to 3 yrs.
My 18 month old sleeps for about an hour to hour and half in the daytime and goes to bed at 9 at night , waking up between 7-8am & its been working out perfect for us :)
As long as ur baby needs it..give the nap, this way he wont be too cranky during the afternoon

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2011

5

8

1

my three year old still takes a nap and she gets up at like 7 45 to 8 and goes to bed at 9 on the dot i woldent you need you time and thats the best way to get it i also have a 1 1/2 year old that has to take a nap too

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2011

5

8

1

my three year old still takes a nap and she gets up at like 7 45 to 8 and goes to bed at 9 on the dot i woldent you need you time and thats the best way to get it i also have a 1 1/2 year old that has to take a nap too

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms