Nap time/rest time

Liz - posted on 12/04/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I'm just curious when everyone's children stopped taking naps and if you implemented a "rest time" in it's place. If so, what was your child allowed to do during that time, and how long did it last? (1 hour, 2 hours, etc.)

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Kristine - posted on 12/06/2011

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I am going to be of even less help I think, but this is my experience this far. My daughter napped everyday until she was 15 months old. I'm not sure if it had something to do with spring coming but suddenly her naps began decreasing in length from 2 hrs down to 45 mins and then in frequency as well by the time she was 18 months old her naps were a thing of the past. Since then, she sleeps for 12 hrs at night, usually throughout the night unless she pees through her diaper or is thirsty (12 hrs is a long time for a now 24 month old). Her bedtime is usually between 9 and 10 due to the activity in the house and she is up at about 9:30 every morning... Unless she naps in the car that is. If she even squeaks in a 10 minute cat nap my daughter is up till midnight almost one and wants to sleep until 11 the next day. The only way to fully wake her ad avoid her sleeping on the couch or behind a chair is to feed her fruit and stick her in a bath with bubbles. I've fought this sleep issue for a long time and now I just try to avoid any nap for her and have her bedtime routine started by 8 and try have her in bed by 9pm. I'm still at war. My next battle im starting is to put her down earlier and her her up earlier. I was always a night hawk as a child and so was my hubby so this sleep routine was predicted from conception :) good luck with your lil one

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Stifler's - posted on 12/07/2011

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my kids both used to nap from12 until 2 or 3 renae sometimes slept until 4. Now she won't nap. Grrr!

Dani - posted on 12/07/2011

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I'm probably not much help here as my son loves to sleep... But he is 3 1/2 and still takes atleast a 45 minute nap every day.. He also sleeps a minimum of 9 hours every night. (usually 12 though) On days we are to busy to have a full nap he still "rest" for about 30 minutes even if its in the car.. And he goes to bed at 9 oclock every nite. We have a bedtime routine and if im running late and havent started it by 8:30 he tells me, mommy its almost bedtime we have to do our bedtime stuff quick.. Like i said thought he is a sleeper, the kid came home from the hospital sleeping through the nite. ( 9pm - 7:30 am)

Jennifer - posted on 12/06/2011

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My mother's 55-year-old daughter (me) still takes a nap whenever possible

Jessica - posted on 12/06/2011

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My daughter turned 3 in Sept and she sleep 1-2 hours every weekday at daycare, and if she's at home we have "quiet time" which means watching a movie and laying on the couch or in my bed. The quiet time doesn't usually last more than an hour. If we're driving somewhere any time around midday she'll sleep for at least an hour in the car. She goes to be around 8 and gets up around 7:30...we don't usually notice if she didn't nap as far as bedtime goes. I think she could phase it out, but it's a part of the daycare day.

Eva - posted on 12/06/2011

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My daughter stopped napping at around 2, and we've never had a rest time for her. I tried, more than once, but for various reasons, it just doesn't work. My son is almost 3 1/2 and he still takes a mid-morning nap. He lays down and goes to sleep on his own-something else my daughter never did-and sleeps anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

Suzanne - posted on 12/06/2011

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i had the opisit problem my when my sons started giving up naps they got overtired and fought sleep at night, the younger one still fights sleep

Suzanne - posted on 12/06/2011

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my boys both stoped napping all the time around 3 we then started having quiet time where i would put on a movie and the had to lay/sit on the couch till it was over 1 1/2 -2 hours some days they slept others they did not but their body still got the rest and down time they needed.

Lynn - posted on 12/06/2011

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My son came home from Kindergarten and fell asleep on the couch until about halfway through the school year. He was 5 1/2. My daughter has always needed less sleep and stopped taking naps when she was almost four. They go to bed at 8:30 and wake up at 6:30-7, and they're ten and seven now. When they did take naps, they would sleep for about two hours (my daughter a little less).

The preschoolers that I watch sleep for about 2 hours, depending on the day and their ages (2-4 years old).

Amy - posted on 12/05/2011

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My son doesn't really take naps very often because he is 8 but if I can tell he is super tired I will tell him he has to rest for 20 minutes. In our house rest means you lay on the bed quietly with no distractions. If he falls asleep fine if not then he can get up because obviously he wasn't tired enough for a nap but usually even just resting for 20 minutes can really help :)

Gillian - posted on 12/05/2011

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Both of my kids stopped naps at 2 1/2. After that I didn't want them to take a nap because even if they had a 20 minute nap at noon they wouldn't go to sleep until 11pm or later and it was a fight. If they didn't take a nap they went to bed at 7:30 or 8pm without a problem. They did have a quiet time for about 30-60 minutes in the afternoon but that was it. I will say that the naps didn't just stop cold turkey. They would just nap a couple times a week for a while first.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/04/2011

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My 23 month old still naps 2-3 hours each afternoon. After he stops, I still intend to have "quiet time" for an hour each day. Mostly for my sake. :P
I know a family who does this, and it is such a sanity-saver. Mom is refreshed and the kids are rested and calmer. The kids are allowed to keep a quiet toy or colouring book on the bed, but they are not allowed to leave their beds or speak to each other above a whisper until the hour is up. I'm not sure how to enforce that, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Sherri - posted on 12/04/2011

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Not sure if I will be much help as two of mine napped till they were 5. My middle son napped till he was 3. By then they were all good and no longer needed a rest or naps any longer.

Stifler's - posted on 12/04/2011

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My son is nearly 2 and still has a 2-3 hour nap after lunch. He is cranky cranky cranky if he doesn't have one.

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Well, yeah... we do too, but the difference is that WITH a nap he talks for up to an hour.... w/out one he will usually shut up in 15-20 minutes. lol

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My twins stopped napping at 2.5 (after 6 months of me having to drive them to sleep EVERY day). We didn't really do a rest time cuz they would've destroyed their room if I tried that....

My son is 3 years 8 months. He takes a nap at preschool every Monday and HOPEFULLY 2 (if not 3) other days/week while we're driving in the van. He will rest in front of movies on other days, but if he gets too comfortable... he gets up and starts messing around cuz he knows he will fall asleep if he holds still long enough. I don't really mind when he doesn't nap cuz that means bedtime is 6:30 or 7. ;)

Medic - posted on 12/04/2011

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My 22 month old still takes a nap right after lunch for 2-3 hours. I do make my 5 year old lay down also. He is allowed to read but only after he has rested for 30 min....guess what he is always passed out.

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