Rebekah - posted on 04/02/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
My son is four and still naps daily for 2 hours. He doesn't often protest going. He falls asleep just about right away, which makes me think he really still needs his nap. Of course, now we are running into the bedtime problem...he has trouble falling asleep at a decent hour. We seemed to be able to get away with this for quite a while, but lately he isn't falling asleep until 11pm or sometimes later (I try to put him in between 9:30 and 10....I know, its late, but with the nap its how things have evolved).
I guess I'm recognizing that in order to get him to sleep earlier at night, the nap probably has to go. I only hesitate because 1) I have seen him without a nap on select occasions, sometimes its ok, but sometimes he's pretty crabby and edgy through the evening (has had some meltdowns) and I dread dealing with that, and 2) I do really value the break that I get during the day. He is an only child, so he is often seeking me out to play (we're working on the independent play thing, but it isn't easy)...when he naps, I can get things done, get dinner together, relax, make those uninterrupted phone calls...etc.
I am considering maybe shortening his nap, but the times when I have awakened him early, he is all out of sorts and then doesn't want to get up, and seems to take a while until he is his more cheerful self.
Input please! Do kids bodies adjust to going without the nap so they aren't so crabby? Do mommies adjust to forgoing some afternoon alone time? :) For those of you that have kids that nap on some days and not others, what does that do to the overall sleep schedule?
I apparently napped while I was still kindergarten age. Heck, I could use a nap right now...