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How long should an "almost" 4-year-old nap?

Daycare insists on having this age group nap for 2 hours -- which makes it a nightmare at home to get her to go to sleep at night -- which makes her crabby in the mornings -- which leads to a bad day at "school." Am I over-reacting or is this simply TOO LONG TO NAP?


Asked by BaileysMom476 at 2:14 PM on Jan. 20, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • we stopped DDs nap because she gets unruly at night time to put to sleep. If by accicdent she falls asleep we let her have a cat nap of no longer then half hour

    Answer by ArystaBrat at 4:17 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • I know at DD's daycare, at nap time they don't have to sleep, but they must rest quietly on their cots. If she is falling asleep for the whole time, I would assume that she is tired and needs the rest. Maybe try pushing back bedtime a little to help with the nap

    Answer by NHGal at 2:19 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • that might be the time slot for their nap - but that doesn't mean each child will sleep that long. if the child naps for 2 hours, they needed it. they don't make the children sleep - but they do have to lay quietly and rest. which is good for them, i think.

    Answer by tnm786 at 2:15 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • funny, my 4.5 year old still naps at school and at home on the weekends. guess a lot of children's sleep patterns differ. what time are you trying to put her to bed at night? mine is in bed by 8 on school nights, and usually out by 9. weekends in bed by 9, out by 10. she gets up at 7am on school mornings with no difficulty.

    Answer by tnm786 at 2:19 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • I would try a different daycare. On the off chance my 4 year old does nap, and he hasn't in a long time, I will only let him sleep for an hour.

    Answer by heatherann0221 at 4:04 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • When my son was 3 he didn't take ANY naps!

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 2:15 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • Yes, they should not nap anymore. I'm surprised he falls asleep!

    Answer by mompam at 2:15 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • Yes, she doesn't on weekends and the days go much smoother!

    Comment by BaileysMom476 (original poster) at 2:16 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • Well the only reason she falls asleep is because she is so tired from keeping me up the night before (because she had a 2-hour-nap at daycare) -- UGH Its a vicious circle!

    Comment by BaileysMom476 (original poster) at 2:17 PM on Jan. 20, 2011

  • I had the same problem. I was fortunate enough to have a daycare in my high school but the teacher in the daycare and I didn't get along at all and this was probably one of our biggest issues besides potty training. She would force her to lay down when I wasn't even letting her nap at all at home. So I completely understand what you're going through.

    Answer by iluvmm09 at 2:18 PM on Jan. 20, 2011