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When do you stop putting your kid down for a nap?

My son will be three in less than a month. Today is the 3rd day in a row that he has not napped. Should I assume he has given them up, or keep trying to put him down for a nap? Anyone have a clue?

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Asked by ProudSingleMum at 4:22 PM on Sep. 15, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • My 15 month old puts himself down for a nap between 2.30 and 3. He sleeps anywhere from... 20 minutes to 2 hours - just depending on how tired he is.
    If your son won't nap... well, I would try still, but if he's still energetic, and not showing the "I'm cranky because I'm super sleepy" attitude, then i would leave him. He might just not need it. If he is - maybe you can do a set routine, like you might with bedtime.

    Answer by K_Sawyer at 4:25 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • my daughter is 5 and she stopped taking naps when she was 1, my son is 4 and he sometimes naps depending on the kind of day we had.

    Answer by kd2kds at 4:29 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • I've done a set routine...just these past 3 days instead of sleeping he sings to himself, looks out the window, plays with the dresser drawers and closet door, etc.

    Answer by ProudSingleMum at 4:29 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • All mine but one stopped napping on their own. My oldest I had to stop his nap against his will because if he napped he would not even be close to sleepy come bedtime. Also because he was beginning a full day kindergarten that didn't nap. Usually kids will let you know when they don't need a nap most of the time. That doesn't mean he won't ever take a nap again..just as a routine practise.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 4:29 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • depends how early my 3 yr old wakes up.she usually doesn nap but if she wakes up early,then she does.she stopped taking regluar naps at the age 2..good luck!

    Answer by mamacita4two at 4:33 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Today is day 2 with no nap for my son. He will be 3 in early November. He goes in spurts though, there are days he doesn't nap and days he does. Yesterday, I put him in his room and after 30 minutes he was still awake so I gave up. He went to bed at 8:30, got up at 6:30 this morning. Today I didn't even offer a nap and he hasn't asked for one, its 4:30 and he's still going strong!! Tomorrow I'm not going to offer a nap again.

    Answer by austinsmama1106 at 4:37 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • My daughter stopped taking naps when she was around 2yrs old.

    Answer by kathynej7142007 at 7:28 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • My son is 3 and still takes a nap. Some days he doesn't nap and just rests. But if he doesn't at least rest he is cranky.

    Answer by purpleducky at 9:00 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

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