Getting a 4-year old to nap

Staci - posted on 04/23/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions? She makes every excuse to get back up.. If she doesnt nap she is a monster from about 3-9 pm (bedtime)

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Amy - posted on 04/23/2013

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Personally I would eliminate the nap or do an hour of quiet time where she has to stay in her room but can quietly play, but I would move up the bedtime at night. On days my 3 year old doesn't nap I can usually get her down by 7:30.

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Liezl - posted on 05/28/2013

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Toddlers start to outgrow their naps between the ages of 3 and 5. I've been working with pre-schoolers for about 10 years, and some kids drop their naps promptly at 3, others want to keep napping until they're nearly 5. This is a natural change, since the little bodies don't need as much sleep as it used to. Before the age of 2, a child learns more than he would learn for the rest of his life, so plenty of napping and sleep is necessary for the brain to process all the new information. As he gets older, this becomes less necessary. She might be in a transition phase and in the process of dropping the nap altogether. Perhaps you should make this "quiet time" instead of nap time where she can rest but doesn't necessarily need to sleep. Good luck!

Bri - posted on 05/15/2013

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I have a 3-year-old who still naps. She naps for about 2-3 hours, sometimes less depending on how the day is going. We have a nap time routine; brush teeth, potty, get into bed. I usually let her have the TV on for 20 minutes (if she's been a good listener and has been behaving) with the volume low and the timer shuts it off automatically. This is what I call the "relax time" and once in a while she'll fall asleep during this time.

If not, once the TV is off, she has one of those butterfly stuffed animals that lights up and plays soft music. That goes on and it'll shut off about 30 minutes later, which she's asleep by then. If she's had a tough day listening and behaving, it's nap time routine minus the TV on. If she misses a nap because we were out somewhere, she has to spend 1 hour in her room either relaxing in bed or quietly playing.

We are slowly progressing into not having to take naps anymore but I go by how she acts and behaves each day. Quiet time will still be an option once naps are eliminated for good. She gives me excuses sometimes too, "I'm not tired...I don't want to nap..." you just have to respond with the best way a toddler will understand. My best advice is don't give into the excuses otherwise it's just going to get worse and more difficult as she gets older. Hope this helps!

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