3 yr. old need to still take a nap?

Lori - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My (almost) 3 yr. old daughter has started saying she's not tired at naptime. When do kids not need to take naps anymore? Not sure if I should keep trying to put her down or not? Her younger brother naps for 3 hrs. after lunch so I'm definitely going to miss "my" time.

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Cathy - posted on 05/24/2009

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My 3 yr old still naps for a couple of hours each day...it's become part of our routine so he expects and welcomes it. Usually I get him down around noon 'til 2.

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Quoting Andrea:

My son stopped at 3 1/2. He's almost 4 & still really needs one because he's cranky late in the day, but if he takes one he can't fall asleep at night until at least 9pm. Without one we have a 7pm very, very easy bedtime.

I do insist on a rest time though. He has to stay in his room playing or reading (we have a story reader & he loves that) until a timer goes off & then he's allowed to come out & watch a show.

We just have to avoid the car around 4pm or he'll fall fast asleep!


Where do you get a story reader? Is it one of those Leap Frog things or something different? I think my girls would like something like that, but I wouldn't want them to break it, Courtney's almost 4 and Ashley's 5.

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my son will be 4 in late august and he only recently stopped napping. all kids are different. if its an active morning maybe napping is a good idea, other rainy days maybe not. follow her lead. if by 3 she hasnt fallen asleep i would suggest you skip it:) hope this helps.

Nicole - posted on 05/25/2009

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It depends on the child. Last summer my 3 older children all stopped napping. They were almost 6, almost 5 and 2 1/2. So even though the boys were older, my daughter stopped napping as well. In fact, on car trips she is the only one that doesn't fall asleep and she's the youngest.
We have them spend some quiet time in their rooms for an hour if they're home and they go to bed earlier to make up the time. They are exhausted by the new bedtime anyway which makes it easier.
I missed my quiet "me" time too, but now I get it in the evening before I go to bed. A compromise for sure. Good luck.

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My daughter phased out of naps around 2½, but she still needs one maybe twice a week. Heaven forbid I tell her to sleep though! If I am lucky she will drop off watching a movie or in the car, but since she is older she can deal with being tired a LITTLE bit better than she used to. : )

Vilate - posted on 05/24/2009

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I have 6 kids and i learned that kids "need" naps as long as you keep having them take naps! Lay them down, even if they don't sleep you have had a little "me" time and they have had a rest. Their little bodies need a break! My kiddos have all taken naps until they started kindergarten! Just keep putting her down!

Jinglebones - posted on 05/23/2009

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Kids are different - my first was never a big sleeper (just like me). He stopped doing the 2x a day at 1 year and stopped napping all together at 2. My second needs more sleep - went down to 1x a day closer to 2 and is still having his solid 2 hour nap at the ripe old age of 29 months... One thing that was suggested to me by a very experienced mom (she had 6 kids in 7 years...) was to think of naps over a week rather than a day i.e. think of them going down to 4 naps a week, than 3 etc and than it was easier on all of us, rather than fighting with them when they really dont need one or missing a cue that they really do need one. Yes, you do miss out on that me time, but maybe its time to consider preschool for that. What we do is put Luc down and then have our time together - sometimes our time also involves a big laundry basket of clothes to fold which I do while we do a puzzle or play cards. I agree with the quiet time idea - we do learning activities like puzzles, cards, etc.

Heidi - posted on 05/23/2009

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Well I would consider yourself lucky that she did take naps, mine never did when she was little. I would definitely do "quiet time" with her though while her lil brother is napping. My mom does that with the older kids at her daycare and most of them take a nap.

Krista - posted on 05/22/2009

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My older two kids napped all the way thru Kindergarten. My youngest just turned 4 and has decided he doesn't have to nap anymore either. And by 6 pm he's UGLY! I make my kids have "quiet time". They don't have to nap but they have to have some time to themselves in their rooms doing something quiet (books, puzzles, quiet toys). Even my 10 yr old still does this.

Linda - posted on 05/22/2009

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My 3 1/2 yr old still needs naps, or else she's very cranky for the rest of the day. I've noticed that she really fights naps when there are new toys in the house (Christmas/birthdays)

Eileen - posted on 05/22/2009

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My daughter 3 1/2 naps on days when she has exertied lots of energy. Most of the time she just needs down time. There will come a time during a growth spurt that she'll sleep more, and even nap. There are still times durning the week that she'll nap, just not every day.

Andrea - posted on 05/21/2009

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My son stopped at 3 1/2. He's almost 4 & still really needs one because he's cranky late in the day, but if he takes one he can't fall asleep at night until at least 9pm. Without one we have a 7pm very, very easy bedtime.

I do insist on a rest time though. He has to stay in his room playing or reading (we have a story reader & he loves that) until a timer goes off & then he's allowed to come out & watch a show.

We just have to avoid the car around 4pm or he'll fall fast asleep!

Kelly - posted on 05/21/2009

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It depends on the child. My daughter just turned 3 and she still naps...sometimes a half hour and sometimes 3 hours. It all depends on what we have done that day. Maybe she doesn't need a nap, but I would still try to give her some quiet time (and maybe you will get lucky and she will fall asleep)

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My nephew will be 3 in August and he stopped taking a nap several months ago, for them no nap is better than an11pm bedtime.

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