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Sarah - posted on 10/19/2013
At 4 yrs old he may no longer need a regular daytime nap. Instead try replacing it with quite time. Allow him to play quietly in his room, or read books, or watch a movie during this time. During this time he needs to be quiet. When I have kids watch a movie the rule is is that there is no talking during the movie and you need to stay in the spot you picked to watch the movie. Same with reading books.....at 4 yrs he can look at books or listen to books on tape. If he needs a nap he will fall asleep during this time. If his body does not need a nap he will have some down time which is also good for him.
Jodi - posted on 10/19/2013
Maybe he doesn't need his naps. At this age, most children are not having regular daytime naps. Perhaps it is time to give it up, and instead, switch to a better bedtime routine and slightly earlier bedtime in the evening. At 4, I am assuming it won't be too long before he is at school, and you want them used to not having daytime naps before they start.
Just consider yourself lucky he has had daytime naps this long - my daughter gave hers up when she was 2.
Verlan Fondren - posted on 10/22/2013
I have 5 children and all of them took naps until 2nd and 3rd grade. When I had 4 under 5, it was ABSOLUTELY essential. This "quiet time" is an important key to your sanity as a SAHM! I would awaken mine early for breakfast by 6:00 a.m. When breakfast was completed, I washed the dishes while they washed PBS. We would do things together afterwards, play games, read, practice writing, etc until 10:30 when I prepared lunch for them to eat by 11. Then it was off to bed by 12, daily. During their naptime I started dinner, washed clothes, had some tea... until they awakened (normally one to one and a half hours) Then we did afternoon things, going to the park, playing outside (I made sure to run them A LOT!!!) going to the store, etc. Dinner was served by 4-4:30 and finished by 5:00. Then it was time for baths and in bed by 6:00 p.m. This worked for me... The key is consistency EVERY day of the week. They were normally asleep by 6:30 and to this day (years later) they still go to sleep within 15 minutes of being sent off to bed... normally!! Good Luck!! V.V.
Lyndsey - posted on 10/21/2013
I second the idea of quiet time. Even if he doesn't sleep, having that designated time for resting and calm may help him. Have you tried any of the sleep lights? You can set them up to turn on at a certain time, and that can be your son's indicator that he's allowed to get out of bed. Start with short times so he can practice, then bump it all up slowly so you're getting a solid 30 mins or so of quiet rest time.
My kids were going to preschool at that age. When they stayed more than half the day, they made them take a 20 min nap. They dimmed the lights, and turned on soft music. I was surprised that my daughter fell asleep. I guess when you have a routine it may take some time but then they get used to it. I have a 2.5 year old.
Julie A - posted on 10/20/2013
My son napped until he was a little over 5. Some kids really do need it, they're all different. I would suggest laying down with him and telling him a story. Not from a book, just off the top of your head in a very silent voice. It works like a charm for us everytime. A well rested child will sleep better at night.
Crystal - posted on 10/20/2013
At 11 moths I cut my daughters nap down to 30-40 mins a day she sleeps 9:30 -10:00pm she wakes at 7:30 am she is not fussy until 8pm at that time I give her bath time followed by story time one last bottle she's out for the night. She's one now & is super active still on the same schedule if I don't keep her entertained she will fall asleep near 6 tho
Jodi - posted on 10/19/2013
But that is why you adjust his evening bedtime. It is normal for them to take some time adjusting to no nap times. If you are consistent about routine, he should get used to it eventually. It doesn't matter how old he is when you cut his daytime naps out, you are still going to experience some unsettled behaviour until he adjusts.
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