Nap Time Help!

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When is it ok to stop giving your child naps? My daughter is 3 and I'm still giving her naps. My problem seems to be that now she is having a harder time wanted to go to bed at night because she is not tired at all. So I have been trying to see what it's like not giving her naps and some days. Then somedays she really acts like she should still be having nap time everyday. So I have been playing it by ear how she acts but by what age should kids be done taking naps all together?

Thanks so much! ~Missy~ Proud Mommy of 2 =)


Melissa - posted on 09/28/2009




I have a 3year old son and 2 year old daughter. My youngest is usually the one to give me the hard time for naps. I just tell them if you don't take a nap and your crabby later you have to go to bed early. This usually works. I love nap time. It gives me a break and i can relax or get some stuff done without my helpers. If your child can stay awake all day and not be miserable then id keep her awake all day. My kids however are not ready for this step. They are too crabby without a nap.

Darci - posted on 09/27/2009




My 3-year old daughter thought she was done with naps shortly after turning three, but this mom knows best. And, I wanted her to take a nap with the rest of her siblings. She currently shares a room with her little brother (2 1/2 years old)... She also has a 4 1/2 month old little sister. At about 1:00, I put the baby down for her nap. Then, the little boy goes down for his nap. And finally, my 3-year old goes down for her nap... in her bed, in the same room as her sleeping brother. So, she has 3 rules during naptime: 1) be quiet, 2) keep your head on your pillow, and 3) stay under the covers. Most days, this is a recipe for napping. On days when she doesn't take a nap and wants to get out of bed after about an hour or so, I tell her, "No crying or being grumpy or you get to go to bed because YOU didn't take a nap."

As for bedtime, most nights, she isn't terribly tired at bedtime, but I tell her that she doesn't need to go to sleep, but she must stay in her bed. If she doesn't stay in her bed or if I have to go back in her room for any reason, she gets to have her door closed and the night light turned off (little brother is in her room at this time too, same rules apply for him). She really does NOT like to have her door closed, so this is a good solution for us. Her and her brother usually talk for a while, and then, they wind down and go to sleep about a half an hour to an hour after I put them down. It seems to work for us. Hope it helps you.


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Kristen - posted on 09/28/2009




I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter, and she too is at the stage where she doesn't think she needs to nap. For ending naptime, I say that it sounds fine, but there are times when she acts like she needs to take a nap, so I have her lay down on the couch at least. When I would ignore her behavior and make her wait until bedtime, she would be so tired that she wouldn't want to go to sleep. I believe that making her take a nap everyday is fine, just watch for the days that she DOES need a nap and have her take one, or at least have her have a down time.

Good Luck!!!

Ashley - posted on 09/26/2009




Hello! I have a 4 year old boy and he was in daycare a year ago and they were laying all the kids down for naps then. Then I got let go from my job and so I had to take him out of daycare and he started staying home with me. It really just depends on the child. When they are ready. But he just recently stopped taking naps a couple months ago. You just really have to get them on a scedual and not let them fall asleep untill she gets used to it. Then it will get easier and they don't seem as crabby! But that is just my opinion. Hope I could be of some help

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