naps?

Gemma - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 65 moms have responded )

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my 2 year old still has a nap does your little 1 still nap

just woundering if not when did u cut them out ?

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Dianne - posted on 02/06/2010

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My daughter is 2 1/2. Some days she naps and some days she doesn't. On the days she doesn't nap, she has "quiet time" in her room with books, and other quiet activities she can do, and goes to bed a little earlier at night (between 6:30 and 7:00). On the days she does nap, she usually sleeps from about 1 or 1:30 to about 2:30-3:00 and goes to bed at 7:30.

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My dtr is almost 2 1/2 and takes a nap everyday. She is showing no sign of wanting to discontinue it and in fact is a basket case if she doesn't have one. Her nap also gives me a break which I need and appreciate.

Diana - posted on 02/06/2010

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Every child is different. As a mom of six, I have had some that were fine without naps at 2 years and others that still took naps at age 6 years. You know your child best, look for the clues- whiny/hyper(yes hyper-activity is a sign of being tired) in the late afternoon - hard to get up in the morning - falls asleep during supper.Just be sure to make it a scheduled thing (kids thrive on schedules)

Carrie - posted on 02/06/2010

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I wouldn't imagine there's ever a need to cut a nap out of a kid's day. Kids need sleep, or at least some quiet time to refuel and rest. As long as they'll do it, you should let them - or even make them - so they have the energy and focus to play happily and learn. The book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" (by Marc Weissbluth) proves over and over that kids who sleep more are much more able to focus during the day and are actually smarter than kids who don't get enough rest. You should read it for more clarity on the subject. It's a pretty well-known book and could be helpful.

Tamara - posted on 02/06/2010

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If your child is tired during the day, let him/her nap. Just make sure you schedule it so it's early enough in the day so he/she goes to sleep at bedtime - maybe 12-1:30, but schedule it and your child will get used to it. For a 2 year old the day can be pretty exhuasting and your child is also growing very quickly which takes alot of energy.

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I HAVE A 3YR AND 2YR OLD. BOTH STILL TAKE NAPS. MY 3YR I HAVE TO MAKE HIM TAKE NAPS BECAUSE HE NEEDS IT. BUT FOR DAYS HE DOESN'T TAKE NAPS, HES FINE AND WHEN BEDTIME COMES, HES THE FIRST ONE ASLEEP WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED. MY MOM SAYS ITS IMPORTANT THAT THE LITTLE ONES GET AT LEAST AN HRS NAPS THOU.

D - posted on 02/06/2010

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I have triplets and a singleton.... the triplets gave up napping at about 20months when my youngest was born. I stopped when it took longer to put them down than what they slept. But at 3, they were getting grumpy midday, so we started them up again. I think kids need more sleep when they are growing, and every child is different. Your child will let you know when they no longer need them. In fact, the triplets will be 12 this month... they get up at 5:30 am to catch the bus. Every so often, I can see they are very tired and will make them lie down after school... most of the time they sleep. They still take an occasional nap just like me.

Janice - posted on 02/06/2010

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Naps are very important to a young child's health. Even when my boys were in Kindergarten the class had a 'rest' period every day, as there were many who needed that extra down time.
Listen to your child's body before cutting down nap time, or eventually cutting it out completely. If he/she is still taking a good solid nap every afternoon, allow it. Play and learning take a lot out of a little body. Some kids are done with napping by the time they are 4, others still need the time when they are 6. Each child is different.
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Sharon - posted on 02/05/2010

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Keep the naps going for as long as they are not interferring with bedtime, my children took naps until they were 4 & 5, my kids took naps at around 1 pm and I only let them sleep 1 1/2 hours - 2 hours. Keeps you sane too :)

Aileesha - posted on 02/04/2010

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Gemma I have a 6yr and a 4yr and they still take a nap as well sometimes they need a little down time. Even if it is for and hour. As for your question when do you cut them out that is up to you. You can tell just by looking at your little one it he or she is tired or just acting crazy for no reason. Trust us naps are good!!!!!!!!!!

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As long as you can get them to nap and have it not mess up bedtime, KEEP the nap. :)

My twins decided they were done w/ naps right when they turned 2. Mommy wasn't even close to ready, so resorted to driving them to sleep every single day for 6 months. Then that quit working....

Naps are one of the reasons that I am in no hurry to wean my 22 month old son. Nursing or driving are the only ways to get him to fall asleep in the daytime.....

JoAnn - posted on 02/03/2010

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As funny as this sounds, as long as I can remember my dad has taken a nap in the middle of the day... he still does and he's 81 years old! He also still works full time doing carpentry. That says a whole lot to me about naps and reenergizing your body. Mom used to tell me that when I child napped, he or she was growing and growing more brain cells. So, to answer your question, use your own judgement. Mom's know better than anyone what their children need... if they want to nap until they are in school then it must mean they need it.

Sylvia - posted on 02/02/2010

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For your own sake, let her keep napping as long as she's willing to do so. My DD napped until she was at least 4, I think -- she's 7 now, and there are some days when I still wish she would take a nap.

Jane - posted on 02/01/2010

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Jane Stephenson, My grandson is 4 goes to kindy five days a week and still has a sleep; anything up to 2hrs I dont know what will happen when he goes to school next year. Let your child sleep for as long as they can.

Lorna - posted on 01/29/2010

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How about stopping the naps when the child decides they don't need one anymore. They're pretty good at figuring out things like that.

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Let them sleep. My girls kept having afternoon naps until about 6 years. If you have no problem getting them down at night, then keep up the afternoon naps. Is good for them and for you.

Jeanna - posted on 01/28/2010

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My 5 year old doesn't, my almost 4 year old does and my 2 1/2 year old does. Why would you want cut them out?? haha Enjoy the quiet time and when they stop sleeping like my 5 year old he still has quiet time/play in the playroom for 1-2 hours. Keep it going I say as long as possible!!

Clare - posted on 01/28/2010

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my 2 1/2 girl doesn't have naps any more, i wish she did coz i had cut mine out, but i just let her get on with it if she is tired in the day i let her sleep if not then she stays awake and gets on with whatever it is she is enjoying, i think its important to listen to what your child wants and make firm decisions around it.

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2010

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my 2 yr old still naps, or hes a cranky little git (lol). my 4 yr old does not, and has not for at least 6 months, due to the fact he stays up all night, and he wont wake up for school. i think usually by the time they are hitting school age (prek) or with they nap they are staying up all night is a good time to get rid of the naps.

Carla - posted on 01/28/2010

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My baby boy is almost 2. If he doesn't get his nap he is really cranky. I have 2 older boys and have worked in daycare and preschool. I think it depends on the child, but some still take naps in preschool at ages 3 and 4. Some kindergartens have nap time also. But not all of the children go to sleep at that time. It's good for them to get rest time.

Jesse - posted on 01/28/2010

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I have a 9yr old, a 7 yr old and a 3 yr old. My 3 yr old still takes a nap everyday at 2pm like clockwork and the 7 and 9 yr olds wish they still could, a lot of times they will lay down when their brother does on the weekends. I say so long as they will take one let them. It's not bad for them so long as they still sleep at night and it gives you a nice rest. Being pregnant with #4 if my youngest didn't take a nap everyday I don't know what I'd do because he wears me out. Lol.

Helen - posted on 01/28/2010

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I wouldn
t cut those naps out just yet, they still give nap time in pre-school and head start programs, at least here where I live and besides if you are a stay-aat-home mom grab you one too, that is what I did.

Rachel - posted on 01/28/2010

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my son is just over 3 1/2 and recently stopped napping....I miss the napping! enjoy it as long as possible,

Cathy - posted on 01/27/2010

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My boys napped till kindergarten, but my girls stopped when they were 2. My girls, if they napped wouldn't sleep well at night.

Crystal - posted on 01/27/2010

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I wouldn't cut the nap out untill they are going to Kindergarden. I think that nap time is a benifit to every child even if they are only relaxing.

Diana - posted on 01/27/2010

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All four of my children took naps until they started kindergarten at 5 yrs old. My motto.....grumpy kids make for grumpy grown ups.

Sara - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think there are days that they need them and some days not, my guy is 2&1/2 and he often skips a day here and there, I know when he needs it...too grumpy if he doesn't.

Becky - posted on 01/27/2010

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Oh I have 2 year old twins, and I could not LIVE w/out that afternoon nap! They will take one as long as I can get them to!!!:)

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My oldest stopped napping at 18 months. It was awful. She needed it but just wouldn't. To this day she thinks naps are awful. I think she didn't want to miss anything. My 3 year old pretty much stopped sleeping at 2 1/2 but sometimes he's so exhausted he does fall asleep at daycare during naptime. Most of the time he just lies there awake. Can't be fun.

Jeanne - posted on 01/27/2010

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My two year old son (2 years 3 months actually) still naps for two to three hours every afternoon and if he doesn't he becomes extremely irritable and cranky. My daughter who is turning 5 still naps one or two days a week. She stopped napping regularly around the age of two but did it on her own. My mom tells me that by the age of 18 months I was no longer napping and to this day I cannot nap (unless I am pregnant) and I can get by on three to four hours of sleep at night. My husband on the other hand still naps in the afternoon if he is not at work and needs a minimum of seven hours of sleep a night. So like every adult every child's needs are different so for now I let my son naps since it's what works for him (mind you he is not a good sleeper at night - he suffers from night terrors). Most parents try to cut out naps by the time they are about four to get them ready for when they go to kindergarden since a lot of them do not let the kids nap per se but rather have a 15 minute rest period in the morning and afternoon. Hope this helps.

Delia - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 and he still naps. Some naps are longer than others. I don't plan on cutting them out. If he's napping then in my opinion he still needs them. Besides if he doesn't get one then we have a melt down right around dinner time.

Mary - posted on 01/27/2010

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Each child is different, but as I recall I stopped naps when they started to affect bedtime. When my child was having trouble falling asleep because he wasn't tired I cut nap time down.

Kappy - posted on 01/27/2010

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Oh my goodness! 2 years old and considering stopping her nap? Did you know that they still have naps for the kids when they are in kindergarten? Oh yes... my son stopped when he was about 3. You'll know the right time for your child though. When they can make it through the day in a relatively good mood and not get all cranky from skipping the nap. You'll have to try no nap here & there to see how your child does. But I say keep that down time as long as you can! LOL

Susanna - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi children normally nap until 4 years or till about 6 mths prior to starting school. it is good for them and us.

Kerri - posted on 01/27/2010

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hi my son is now 2 years and 9 months and hes always been a kid who needs a nap at some point or hes mr miserable, however i paniced when i knew he was starting pre school-2 years and 6 months, he was tired without his naps but he only went two sessions a week so the other days i made sure he had a nap. now he goes four sessions a week so really doesnt sleep anymore in the day unless its in the car on way home. i can see hes so tired and could easily have a nap but he needs to get used to not having one as school will be a 5 day week and he just has to get used to it! got to be cruel to be kind. i found if he did fall asleep after pre school-say 3 or 4 pm id just have to wake him after half hour and put him to bed a little bit later. its a pain but every child is different. hope this helped a bit?

Alisa - posted on 01/26/2010

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i let my oldest son take a nap until he was done with it. he was still in preschool taking naps. i think it is not only good for them to have that extra sleep but it also good for mom to have that time to take a nap or get things done! dont stress about it they will let you know when they are done!

Charlene - posted on 01/26/2010

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As long as the nap time isn't interferring with the bedtime, I wouldn't worry about it. As long as your little one wants to take a nap let Them.

Lindsey - posted on 01/26/2010

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I encourage naps. My daughter is four and she still takes naps. I say "it's quiet time" and she has to lay in her bed, I tell her she does not have to go to sleep but she has to stay in her bed. she ALWAYS falls asleep. It's nice to just have a hour to yourself even if they do not sleep, quiet time is a must in my house.

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NAPS---SO IMPORTANT!!!
Children NEED down time as do adults. Following a balanced lunch, bathroom/diaper change and story, a nap is vital to growth and development. Mid afternoon naps are not such a good choice. Napping for 1 to 2 hours is usually enough. Routine is everything! Having an early bedtime is also necessary. Story @ 7:30 with tuck ins and kisses by eight works very well with most children under 10 years. Simply put, kids need to sleep to be active and happy as well as to develop to his/her full potential.

Claudine - posted on 01/26/2010

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Lots of kids are still napping in preschool... I would make sure my 2 yr old was still getting a nap everyday!!!

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010

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I say let your child nap for as long as he/she needs one and as long as your child is sleeping well at night.

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My 5 year old naps when she's at the babysitter's house when she has a day off of school. She doesn't nap at home on the weekend though. I guess it's trial and error. All kids are different. If you think it may be time to cut naps, try it. If they get cranky and sleepy, now you know and can give it a little more time. My daughter took naps all the way until she started school. Well, stopped taking naps everyday, that is.

Dawn - posted on 01/26/2010

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my kids are 13 and 6 and my boy napped every day until he was almost 6. There are still days he just conks out on the couch. Naps are when the kiddos grow the most. Just like potty training and all those other things, their little bodies will know when they don't need them any more. One day you will just look up and realize they arent taking them any more (and you will want that quiet time back)!

Jane - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter is 2 next month and hasn't had an afternoon nap for about 6 months. Every now and then she will get grumpy or tired and I will put her to bed, but it is upto her if she sleeps or not, I can't force her. If she dosn't sleep she has a quiet 1 1/2 hours rest in her room (quiet time) in her own environment with her own stuff.
I have read resting (quiet time) is just as important as a nap....

Alison - posted on 01/26/2010

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I don't believe it is my job to cut naps. I read that most children need naps until they are between 3 and 5, depending on the child. So when you are putting your child down and they do not sleep AND they do not display signs of fatigue later in the day (including difficulty getting to sleep at bedtime), it is time to let it go.

My 3 1/2 year old still needs a nap most days. I don't obsess over it any more, but if she does have it at naptime, she will fall asleep as soon as she is in the car!

Simone - posted on 01/26/2010

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yea my baby still naps...she's 16 months. but i have my 3 year old and she doesnt take naps anymore...she was still napping when she was 2.. Good luck

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