What age do we stop our kids having an afternoon sleep??

Jessica - posted on 07/26/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )




I have an almost 4 year old who has been having an afternoon sleep ever since he was born, but he goes to kindy next year and is now starting to fight with me when its sleep time, He still falls asleep afetr about 1/2 hour, but is it time to let him stay up or not, if he stays awake he is really nasty towards the end of the day!


Kelly - posted on 07/28/2009




my son is 3 1/2...some days he takes a nap still, and some days he doesnt. The days he is having trouble falling asleep and doesn't nap, he has quiet time looking at books in his bed for about 1/2 an hour to an hour and then we put him to bed an hour earlier. It seems to work to curb the nighttime crankyness...


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Rachael - posted on 06/23/2019




I have 4 children ahes 16, 13,12 and 9 during the school year they don't nap, but during Christmas break, March break, and summer vacation they have naps or quiet time usually about an hour occaisionally my youngest two will fall asleep.

Anette - posted on 12/04/2012




Actually its good to take a nap in the afternoon...because the body needs rest,atleast 1/2 an hour...my 4 yr old daughter sleeps for 1 hour in the afternoon ,sometimes if she doesnt sleeps then she becomes very restless..

--- - posted on 07/28/2009




sounds like he still needs a nap. your child will let you know when he no longer needs a nap by his behavior nearing the end of a day. see if you can opt for morning kindergarten class instead of afternoon classes that way he can still get his nap. once he starts full day school just try putting him to bed earlier so he gets about 12-13 hours of SLEEP notlie awake for an hour than sleep but actual sleep. so if he needs to be awake at 8am and you know he takes 30 min to fall asleep I would make sure he is in his bed lights out at 7-7:30

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My daughter is 4 1/2 and still takes a small nap in the afternoon. She will be attending pre K in the fall so i thought i should take her nap away so she can get adjusted before school starts. But she would get real whinny and nasty around dinner time up until bedtime. So i gave her nap back to her. She doesn't really want a nap bc she has a older sister who doesn't take a nap and she promises me she won't be naughty later in the day. But as hard as she tries to be good, she can't handle it. I didn't feel she was ready to go without one yet. So she's back to her napping in the afternoon and her early evening meltdowns went away. I did shorten them up a bit, so she's ready to go back to bed by 8:30.....good luck!

Alexis - posted on 07/27/2009




To the OP, I've been wondering the same thing. I have a daughter who will be 4 years old in October, and one who will be 6 in November. Neither of them will take naps in the afternoon, even if they've been awake since 6 a.m. My 2 year old on the other hand still takes a nap just about everyday. I assume that it's time to give up hope for my daughters to take naps. I figured they needed one just because I could use a daily nap most days!! LOL!

Emma - posted on 07/27/2009




i stopped my boy when he was 1 and a half because he kept me up at nite other wise yea i wuld advise u to cut his afternoon kips complety due to my boy now 3 he used to do that wid me

Jessica - posted on 07/26/2009




Thanks guys, i never thought of quiet time, i mean he lays there for a while and eventually falls asleep but i might try to get him to sit down and read a book or a movie.

He has always been a pretty good slepper i guess im just not used to it, i like MY time too much! :)

Thanks again


Barbara - posted on 07/26/2009




ok well my daughter stopped taking naps during the day when she was about 14 months. Dont ask how she just did. I did the quiet time for a while but now at 3 yrs she lets me know when shes tired and will go lay down herself. my son is ten months and sometimes doesnt take a nap during the day, other days he takes 2 or 3 naps. i think that your son doesnt want to, just do either quiet time or bump his night routine up a little bit to compensate. hope this helps!

Kelly - posted on 07/26/2009




I think it depends on the child. I have a 2 year old who doesn't want to take a nap anymore. I make him lay down every day, but he doesn't usually go to sleep.

Natasha - posted on 07/26/2009




I think its a personal choice for parent and child. My son is almost 2 and he has one nap just after lunch for about 2 hours. I think that you should let him stay up, have quiet time instead where he can choose to sleep or read a book some relaxing and quiet, get some big cushions for him to read and or sleep on. He will be going to school soon where he won't get to have a nap and he will be cranky but as his body clock adjusts to not having a nap it should get better.. good luck..

Brandi - posted on 07/26/2009




My son is almost 4 also -- he takes a nap at preschool sometimes, but most days he wants to play during naptime. When he's at home with me, he doesn't nap on weekends unless I make him lay down with me (so I can take a nap!). I worry about pre-K b/c I know they make them take naps there. He usually gets in trouble for not wanting to sleep or lay still.

Watson - posted on 07/26/2009




For most kids I think for the most part THEY decide when they're done with their afternoon nap, and usually it's by just not falling asleep, and the age varies by child. There is never ANYTHING wrong with your child taking a nap no matter what age they are! If they need a nap, obviously it's because they're tired and they need some energy!

Kylie - posted on 07/26/2009




I think you stop them when your child is ready to stop. My daughter stopped having her afternoon naps at 4 but every now and then she will have a little sleep on the couch if she needs it. i prefer her not to because she goes to bed at 7 happily and easily when shes tired out. Perhaps make his bed time a little earlier if hes cranky toward the end of the day.

Liz - posted on 07/26/2009




I have a 3 1/2 yr old and he is able to go through the day without a nap but I always put him to bed in the afternoon, even if it's not for a sleep but for a quiet time with his lego, or books etc, otherwise he gets really hypo, sigh! I personally need the time out in the afternoon.

Crystal - posted on 07/26/2009




WOW ur lucky!!! My son stopped his naps when he turned 2!!! HEHE

When he starts to get tired towards to end of the day maybe try giving him some toys to play with in his room by himself.. that way he can wind down and not take it out on you.. Good luck

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