What age did nap stop?

Merry - posted on 09/22/2011 ( 53 moms have responded )

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How old was your child when they stopped napping? And how long did they sleep at night without a nap?
When was their bed time?

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Colleen - posted on 09/25/2011

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All three of my children napped until they were in school full time, in our case, first grade. They also went to bed at 8:00, the nap time was not negotiable. I also want to state that they did miss it for special occasions. But as a preschool teacher, I saw the difference in children who took naps and children who didn't, and a big difference in children who had a bedtime and children who didn't, or had one that was just too late. It may be easier to not put them down for a nap, and parents may think that they don't need it, but most of the time other people see it. Every child is different, so adjust the amount of time they sleep, or insist they lay quietly, and adjust the bedtime, just remember that while they are sleeping, you have time to yourself, or to be with other adults...

Merry - posted on 09/24/2011

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Is there a typo in here Amanda?
"My son stopped having a nap everyday at 6 weeks old, he was sleeping 13hrs a night at that point."
Cuz a 6 week old sleeping 13 hrs a night and awake for 11 straight hours a day sounds impossible!

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Welcome to my world Sharon! From 2.5 years old until almost 4, no naps and now I get the reprive of him going to school, where I'm told he STILL doesn't nap (even though the other kids in his class do). I work now, because I can't stand THAT much silence lol

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Stephanie - posted on 09/30/2011

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My daughter is 3 and still takes naps. For awhile there she was struggeling with naps so we took them out of the day and put her to bed early, however, she ended up being extremely irritable and crabby so we brought the naps back. Since then our routine is great. She naps at about 1 for 2 hours and goes to sleep between 8 and 9 and wakes up at 8ish in the morning. I think it just depends on the child. My friend has two girls who are the same age as my daughter and they no longer take naps. However, they don't get extremely crabby like my daughter does.

DD - posted on 09/30/2011

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I don't remember that far back for my 17 yr old, but my 8 yr old stopped napping shortly before Kindergarten. The last time I put him down for a nap (which btw was my time to catch up the house work and have a little "self-time" so I was more enthusiastic for his naptime than he was! LOL) after 45 minutes I went up to wake him up only to find he'd never been asleep! He'd tossed the mattress off his toddler bed -- stood the frame up on its head board and was just starting to climb the slat/rails like a ladder! Thankfully I interupted his antics before he got hurt -- truthfully don't know if he'd been up the "ladder" and back down one or more times or if I arrived just in the nick of time. This process taught me that he was NOT actually sleepy for naptime and I couldn't afford to leave him unattended that long, so we were done with naptime! LOL ---------- Every child is different so you have to do what works for each and not expect everyone to toe the same line.

Nicki - posted on 09/29/2011

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My first son stopped napping at around 17 to 18 months which was most inconvenient as I was heavily pregnant with my second son !! I used to time shopping etc. so I could drive the long way home and hope he fell asleep in the car..... with limited effect ! My second son kept it up til he was over two and still needs more sleep per age than his brother did ! You just have to go with the flow !

Markita - posted on 09/29/2011

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My oldest hated to sleep and cut out his naps at 18 months, waay before I was ready for him to stop. He's 8 now and his bedtime varies with the season (later in the summer) but stays around 8:30-ish.

Nicole - posted on 09/29/2011

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My daughter was about1 1/2 when she was at one nap a day (afternoon) and gave up napping all together at 2. she was sleeping great at night - about 11-12 hrs so I didn't mind her not napping during the day. I'd rather keep the night sleep than the day sleep! Still a great night sleeper at 4 yrs old. Her bedtime is, and has been, between 7-8 pm and still sleeps until about 7-8 am.

Darylin - posted on 09/29/2011

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She stopped napping when she went to daycamp this past summer before starting kindergarten. However on the weekends and holidays she still takes a 2 hour afternoon nap, so in essence she really hasn't stopped.

Sanity - posted on 09/29/2011

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7:30-8pm bed time for both.
Older son slept through the night at 5. Up about 2xs a night.(10-12 hours) Naps ended at 4.
Younger son just started sleeping through the night (10-12 hours). Up once a night. Naps ended at 2.
Very different! But it worked out with them ♥

Julie - posted on 09/28/2011

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Until they were 3 I gave them morning and afternoon naps. They napped until starting kindergarten at age 5.
Bedtime was 7:30 until they were in 5th grade and then it progressed to 8 and by the time they were in High School bedtime was 9
The year they were Seniors they got to stay up until 10

Joanne - posted on 09/28/2011

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My little girl stopped napping when she was about 2. She just refused to nap. I'd put try to put her down for a nap and she'd just cry for half an hur before I let her out of her room. She went to bed at 8pm and would sleep in until 9am. She's 5 now and will only nap if she's sick and she still goes to bed at 8 and we generally have to wake her up at 7:30 to get ready to go to school and she goes to all day school.

Fluttterby - posted on 09/28/2011

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i don't think it's necessarily about age.. i still make my 7 yr old take naps when she's super cranky.. kids need to be treated individually and not en-masse.. same thing with bed times.. try out different times and see how they work for your family

Kendra - posted on 09/28/2011

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In our case, my 6y/o dd Jiao, prefers to nap and will ask if she has time to nap on a particular day.

Pamela - posted on 09/28/2011

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Each child is different, but most children start to easily go without naps somewhere between four and six years of age. The best thing to do is to watch the child's behavior. If they resist napping and yet still get grouchy or cranky before dinner time then at least having them lie down for a "rest" (they don't have to close their eyes or sleep) in the afternoon will serve both the parent and the child.

If your child shows you that they can go without napping and do not become cranky or testy through the afternoon/early evening hours, then the child does not need the nap.

Max - posted on 09/28/2011

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Kendra, your dd's experience sounds a lot like ours, but we just couldn't get dinner together and bathe 2 and then later 3 kids plus homework, all in two hours! Of course my kids were the first school-bus pick-up and the last drop-off, and they often had an hour's ride! Of course they napped on that bus!

Kendra - posted on 09/28/2011

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Our daughter is 6y now and up until she started 1st grade a few weeks ago, she napped every day for 2 hrs. Now that first grade has started, she wakes at 630am leaves for school at 730am, goes to the afterschool program at her school from 230pm-600pm comes home,we do her homework, eat dinner, read and in bed by 800p. By 805pm she is out cold. Now she naps on sat an sun for about 1-1.5 hrs. She never has a problem going to bed on time:)

Max - posted on 09/28/2011

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Every child is different and every family's schedule and needs are different. My kids always napped (they're now 25, 24 and 19) and sometimes they still nap! They were in bed by 8 to 9 p.m. but we had to get them up around 6:30 a.m. due to our schedules. They went to daycare through kindergarten, and they had the chance to nap (during the post-lunch "quiet time") for an hour every afternoon, and usually they did fall asleep. When they were at home on the weekends, etc., Mommy usually announced "quiet time" and spread a couple of blankets on the floor, drew the drapes and shut the lights, and put on a soft-music tape or radio station, and they usually fell asleep.

Kristin - posted on 09/28/2011

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It's hard to remember that far back, but I know my eldest was still napping at 4 years old.....while my youngest stopped napping at 2. I think my middle one was about 3 or 4. It really depends on the child.

At that age bed time was 7:30pm, and two of them slept through until about 7 am. The middle one was always up with the sun (4am in summer!!) and she's still an early bird.

Jennifer - posted on 09/28/2011

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Mostly by 3 unless we are out and about for long car journeys or they are feeling under the weather. Just totally depended on them

Fiona - posted on 09/28/2011

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My daughter is four and still naps every day at school and on the weekends. At school, she naps for an hour or hour and a half. She is asleep by 8:30 (most nights) and wakes up around 7am. She sleeps two hours on weekend days. She is growing really fast, and I think that's part of it. I'm a big believer in a lot of sleep for children, though (unless they naturally don't need it).



I also notice she is MUCH more emotional when her sleep schedule is off.

Melissa - posted on 09/28/2011

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My son is 4 1/2. At 3 he started napping less frequently and for less time. By 3 1/2 he was done with them. He will still nap on occasion. We have "lights out" at 8pm (give or take 15 minutes) and he is usually asleep by 8:30. He tends to get up around 7, unless we have a lot of change going on or he is "stressed" about something then it could be as early as 6:30 or as late as 8:30. I try no to let him sleep that late though b/c I don't want him to get too far off his schedule. He really does better with a routine.

Charlie - posted on 09/27/2011

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My three year old and one year old still nap during the day and often go to sleep around 7:30 - 8 pm.

My youngest has never been one to nap for long however my oldest will nap for a couple of hours.

Grayzie - posted on 09/27/2011

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Gosh, my son is 12 now and hardly ever had a nap as i remember..Many times tried putting him to bed for a nap but resisted..Is that bad? He sleeps 8-9PM during weekdays and sleeps 9-10PM weekend..He's addicted also to computer..

Donna - posted on 09/26/2011

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My daughter turned 3 at the end of March and stopped napping in August. She had always been a GREAT napper before & night time sleeper. This summer she kept pushing her nap further and further back She just wouldn't sleep and if she did she'd try to go to nap after 3:30. That's when I realized she was dropping the nap.
I have to say I was pretty upset at first, but realize it's really a blessing. She's in bath by 6:15 and in bed, sleeping by 7:15, latest. (Great for mom and dad time.)
She sleeps 12 hours at night now & seems much more refreshed in the morning.

Jessica - posted on 09/25/2011

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My daughter just turned 3 this month and she still naps, every day at day care, and about half the time on weekends. I can definately tell the difference when she doesn't get a good nap. She resists naps from us (her parents) but naps like a pro at daycare. It's frustrating, but she is starting to not have bedtime meltdowns when she doesn't get one. We put her to bed between 7:30 and 8:30 and she gets up about 11 hours later.

Brandi - posted on 09/25/2011

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My son will be 3 next month and still takes a 2 hour nap everyday. He goes to bed about 10pm and up around 8 am give or take. I honestly believe its whatever schedule u try to put them on or fits for ur family ....

Kristie - posted on 09/25/2011

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My youngest just turned 4 this past july and she stopped around 2/3 my other 2 son is 8 daughter is 6 stopped around 2 or 3 as well. atleast once a month my youngest will take a nap otherwise I'm the one who wants the nap. my 2 oldest usually takes a nap when they don't feel good. bed time has always has been 830p.m. they normally slept atleast 6 hours

Brandy - posted on 09/25/2011

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my youngest stop naping at 18months. she did sleep thur the night untill the last yr and now she is on a precrided sleep aid but she is adha too so it is what they give to kids and she goes to bed around 8pm

Erica - posted on 09/25/2011

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both of my kids were 5 (one's 8, the other's 5 now). on a school night they're in bed by 9 and up at 6. on the weekend, the latest they're up is 11 and up by 7.

Leonie - posted on 09/25/2011

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Every child is different, my 1st daughter stopped sleeping during the day at 11weeks, no lie, she never slept all night till she was 2years old, she is now seven and still requires little sleep, still up some nights later than me and up by 6am in the morning, crazy!! but she just doesn't need sleep, however my second daughter still has day sleeps of at least two hours, she is three, and still goes to be by 7pm each night and sleep till around 7am, she slept through the night at 5xweeks old, totally different children, I guess what I am trying to say is there is no age to how much sleep a child needs, if they need a nap then so be it, if they don't it's very hard work but you get through it, it's all about what works for your child, no right or wrong answer on this one.

Shauna - posted on 09/25/2011

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My son just turned three in July and takes a nap every day at around 1pm for like an hr and a half. If he doesn't he gets crancky and miserable. He goes to bed for the night at 9pm and wAkes up around 8. This has been his schedule since he was like one. He cannot function without that day time nap. Can't say I'm not happy about it. Gives me time to recoup.

Kimberley - posted on 09/25/2011

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my eldest whos now 6 used to nap when in the afternoon and then went to bed about 10 until starting nursery then she didnt get an afternoon nap and went to bed at about 7.30, my second is 2.5 and he wakes up usually round 8am and then goes down for a nap at 11.30am for round about 2 hours and then bed at 7pm, my third who is 15 months has basically the same routine apart from she usually is awake before 7am, i think my second is getting to the point where he doesnt want to have a nap though because 9 times out of 10 he will just sit in his cot screaming and crying until he finally wears himself out and then drops of to sleep which is usually about 5 mins before i have to get them both up to get ready to go to school and pick the eldest up lol

Heather - posted on 09/24/2011

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Our daughter is 27 months old. Goes to sleep at 7:30 p.m., wakes on her own about 7:30 a.m., and naps for 1.5 to 2 hours in the afternoon. She goes right down for both.

Jessie - posted on 09/24/2011

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My oldest was 3 when he stopped napping. We moved his bedtime up about 30 mins. My 2nd is almost 3 and still takes a 2-3hr nap. Every once in a while he does not sleep, but I think rest time is still good until about 3 1/2-4.

Amy - posted on 09/24/2011

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My oldest was 2 - 2.5 when he stopped napping - never been a great sleeper though. Now at the age of 7 we will sometimes find him in his closet with the light on reading in the middle of the night. My second son (almost 3.5) took regular naps until almost 3 and now naps a couple times a week. I can't let him sleep longer than about an hour during the day, or he will be awake until 11pm that evening. My baby girl (2 on Nov. 3rd) is already starting to fight nap time - new thing this week. She still really needs a nap, though so trying to keep it routine. Although I've already had days where I took her for a drive to put her out!

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Gabby still naps at 22 months. She goes to sleep at 8-9pm wakes up at 8-9 am and takes a 1-3 hour nap any time she feels like it.

Minnie - posted on 09/24/2011

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Four for my first, 20 months for my second.

My first slept 12 hours, my second sleeps about 11.

7:30- 8:30 depending is bedtime.

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2011

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No, not a typo, he refused to sleep after he started sleeping through the night at 5 weeks old. Believe me it wasn't through lack of trying to get him to sleep. If I was lucky he would have maybe a 10-15 min power nap after a feed but he never slept during the day for a few hours at a time like other babies do.

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My girls quit napping at 2.5... after I drove them to sleep every afternoon for 6 months. Bedtime was 7-8 and they'd sleep 12-13 hours.

My son is 3.5 and I try to get him to nap most days... though it's been rougher since we quit nursing. He naps at preschool 2 days/week and 'usually' in the van 2 other days/week. Bedtime is 6:30-7:30 depending on whether or not he napped, what time we get home, and how tired Mommy is.... He is up between 6 and 7 most of the time... some days on his own, some days I have to wake him right before we head out the door. He complains about being tired a lot, but we're doing the best we can. :(

Sherri - posted on 09/24/2011

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5yrs old for 2 of mine, 3ish for one. Don't remember for the oldest two but for my youngest he goes to bed at 8pm and sleeps till 8am. So with a nap he was still sleeping 12hrs at night.

Katherine - posted on 09/24/2011

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That's my second. My first stopped at 3 and started going to bed at 8. I think I did it better the second time around.

Katherine - posted on 09/24/2011

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My daughter was 2 when she stopped taking naps. She goes to bed at 6:30 and wakes up at 7-8.

Louise - posted on 09/24/2011

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I think it depends on your schedule really. My sons both stopped napping around the age of 2-2.5 and my daughter was pretty much the same. I never got them out of bed for playgroups I let them sleep in naturally. My daughter now nearly three does not nap in the day at all and she goes to bed at 7.30 and wakes between 7.15 and 8am. If for some reason I have to get her out of bed she will fall asleep in the car and not settle until much later at night. My friend who has to wake her kids for nursery has a 4 year old son who is still sleeping a couple of hours in the day but he is waking at 6.am. So your childs sleep pattern is really up to you. Would you like them to sleep early and stay in bed or would you like a couple of hours in the afternoon as time for yourself.

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2011

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My son stopped having a nap everyday at 6 weeks old, he was sleeping 13hrs a night at that point. He is now 3 1/2 and will only nap if he is sick or exhausted.
My daughter just turned 2 and will occassionally have a nap during the day. Maybe twice a week and she will sleep for 1-2 hrs.

Until recently they have both been in bed by 7pm and up at 6-6.30am. They have now decided they want to go to bed at 6.30pm and will wake up between 6-6.30am so they get roughly 12 hrs sleep a night

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My daughter will be 3 in December. She wakes up around 7 am and goes to bed about 8:30. She takes a 2 hr nap and without that nap, she becomes irritable, etc. With a daily nap she is a well behaved adorable child. I can't imagine little ones going full force 12 to 14 hours a day without a nap.

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My son stopped napping when he was two. He's four now and every once in a blue moon he will nap. But it's rare and usually only when he's sick or really tired. When he first stopped napping, I thought he'd go to bed earlier but he didn't. He would wake between 7-8am and go to bed between 7-8:30pm. Unfortunately for me, his bed time never changed and I lost my few hours of the day to get things done or relax.

Bonnie - posted on 09/22/2011

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My first child stopped napping daily when he turned 2. By 3 he wasn't napping at all. He is now almost 5. My second child who is now 3 also doesn't nap daily, but every so often he likes a nap. They usually sleep between 10 and 12 hours a night. They usually go to bed at around 8:30pm, but sometimes by 3 year old is up by 6am and falling asleep by 7pm, so he will go to bed at that time if that happens.

Brianna - posted on 09/22/2011

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my mom runs a dayhome and most kids have naps till there 4 or 5 years old (2hour naps at least.. younger kids sleep longer than the older ones)

Denise - posted on 09/22/2011

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every child is different. Our children needed morning kindergarten due to their nap schedule. Doctor approved. They all napped 2 hours until they were 5 then when they went to school full day they came home had snack chatted about their day and off to nap for 45 minutes to an hour.We had lots of activity in the evening after dinner. Bed time rituals were routine and off to bed by 8;00 with story time. about 15 minutes. We never had a problem.

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