B.K. asks from San Antonio, TX on January 15, 2008
Naps - San Antonio,TX
I'm wondering when do kids normally stop taking naps? My little girl is 2 1/2 years old and she's resisting her afternoon naps more and more. It seems too soon for her to give up her nap time.
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Thank you for all of the advice! I've tried putting her in her bed for nap time and she cries for so long (not normal for her). So, now we are just having quiet time in the afternoon and she'll lay down watching her favorite shows for an hour. At least, I can get some things done.
A.G. answers from Spartanburg on January 17, 2008
i have to wake my son (3) up at 7:00 to get him to take a nap by 12:30 or so. then he'll go to bed around 8 and sleep through the night.
if i mess with this, it all goes haywire. he is a really, really, really active little boy. he loves routine, and his mama is just now learning what a routine is.
little children need sleep. i've had to fight him REALLY hard on this. and i'm a pretty laid back mom. I'VE had to change to help him get the sleep he needs.
J.C. answers from Dallas on January 17, 2008
I think every child is different. My oldest stopped napping around 19 months, and the youngest around 12 months. I dont mind as long as they are not so tired they whine! We just have "rest time". They must sit quietly and watch a movie, or play quietly in their own rooms(not together). They do go to bed around 6 or 7 pm!
T.C. answers from Austin on January 17, 2008
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
This book was the best gift given to me after my daughter was born. It was right one with her growth changes. It helps you to understand children's sleep patterns and what to expect.
Best of luck,
S. answers from Houston on January 16, 2008
I have a 10 yr. Old & a 6 yr. Old and they still do naps here and there, especially on weekend afternoons, after a busy am !!....- 2-1/2 definetly should still be taking naps ! My sister has a 3 yr. Old and he naps every afternoon 1-2 hrs. ! Take your daughter to the park, maybe she needs more activities ! ......good luck ! ~
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J.B. answers from Houston on January 17, 2008
Hi B.: My daughter who is 4 1/2 quit taking naps at 1 1/2. It was VERY hard. She climbed out of her crib and that was the end to my quite life. I now and especially back then would always make sure that she has some down-time. I usually lay down with her and we watch a movie or read, just so that she would get some rest. Jessica was in a mothers-day-out program and really hated nap-time because she would not sleep. Good luck to you. J.
H.L. answers from Dallas on January 16, 2008
You might try moving naptime just a little later....if it has been at 1pm, then try laying her down at 1:30 or 2pm instead. Both my kiddos seemed to go thru a nap transition around that age and moving the naptime a little later helped.
My oldest took naps (at least 3 days/week) up until she started kindergarten at age 5.
T.S. answers from Longview on January 17, 2008
It totally depends on what her day is like. Mine quit napping around 3, but mine also went to bed at 8:00. My ds got up at 6:00 every morning and his sister around 7:00. See where she was up an hour later? She needed that sleep but she gave up naps around the same age he did.
Oh, and what they do all day effects it. We would take walks, play on the swing/jungle gym set, and other activities that helped tire them and ready them for at least a quiet time every day. ;-)
Don't go by age, go by their sleep needs and how they act. If they are cranky they most likely need a nap, but it may need to be shortened. you may need to just wake her up after an hour --just enough to be rested but not miss bed time.
D.L. answers from Austin on January 17, 2008
Your 2 1/2 yo still naps? Call yourself lucky! My oldest stopped napping at home at 14mos and my youngest was over the nap thing by her first birthday, but she would take them at daycare, just not at home, til about 18mos. I have always been jealous of moms of nappers! lol.
As someone whose kids quit napping early and they seem fine (the youngest is almost 7 now) I'd say each child is different. You need to watch her mood, see if SHE needs the sleep. Youngest had an early bedtime for a couple years because she wouldn't nap, then it all evened out.
M.C. answers from Dallas on January 17, 2008
I make my kids, ages 4,3,2 and 5 months, atleast lay down for a quite time of 30 minutes. Sometimes they will start taking naps again on their own. Most Pre-K and Kindergartens require a rest time and my kids need to know how to lay down and be quire for that time!
K.G. answers from Dallas on January 17, 2008
Every kid is different. My oldest gave up naps at 21 months and I would put her to bed earlier. My youngest is 4 and still takes an occassional nap. You can always have a "quiet time" with books on Cd or coloring quietly or reading quietly together curled up on the couch or bed.(Some people create a special box of quieter books or toys just for this time) This is still restful. I just put mine to bed a little earlier (7:30)and that worked fine. Good luck!
D.B. answers from Houston on January 17, 2008
My daughter stop taking naps the minute she turned 2. All we did was adjust her bedtime for a little bit earlier and that seemed to help.