So should my two year old be on a regular nap schedule?

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Gabrielle - posted on 01/14/2009

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My 2 year old is in day care and they have a scheduled nap time, from 12:30-2:30 every day. At home, we're a little more flexible with the time, since she tends to fall asleep in the car, but we always make room for a 2-2.5 hr nap. She sleeps at night from about 8:30-6:30, sometimes a little later on weekends. I think all her friends have regular nap times, too, although theirs are later, closer to 2pm.

Karen - posted on 01/14/2009

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I have to say, my daughter since she was 2 has refused to take a nap. She gets up at about 7am every morning, and I put her to bed at 7:30. Only time I can get her to nap is around 2ish.. before than, forget it. At nursey school she is the only child awake during nap time. I say use your best judgement, I just put my daughter to be earlier if I see how exhausted she is.

Sally - posted on 01/14/2009

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I agree with Shae about a schedule. Keep in mind though all babies/kids are different. Mine has never been a great day napper, but is womderful and will sleep the night through. She is an early riser -7am sharp.See how your toddler is during the day. Does he/she seem irritated quickly, not really interested in playing, a little crabby? These may be signs that he needs more rest. A schedule serves both you and him/her. It will get him/her to anticipate what is coming next. And will let you plan your day. My toddler has a routine at night - dinner, play, bath and then bed. She is used to this and doesn't seem to mind anymore because it is now routine to her. There will be times when you can't make it routine for whatever reason. That is fine, it happens. Good luck!!

Shae - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi Melody.
Most of the time a 2 year old will take one nap in the afternoon for about 2-3 hours and then sleep 11-12 hours at night. My son is 2 and he lays down at 1pm and sleeps usually until 3pm. Then goes to bed at 8:30pm and gets up at 8:30am. The average 2 year old needs 13-14 hours of sleep in a day. How much sleep does your son get? Being on a regular schedule helps kids to know what comes next. They will sleep better if it's at the same time every day. (As much as possible :) )

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