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Should I keep giving him naps?

I thought since I had another child I should stop giving my oldest naps. He will be three in April. I thought this because I thought head start didn't give naps. Well if he does not lay down and take a nap by 4-6 pm he gets VERY CRANKY!!!! Should I still give him naps?

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Asked by nate_caden at 9:02 AM on Feb. 7, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Many 3 and even 4 year olds still need naps. When my kids went to full day kindergarten they still had rest time (at which some of the kids fell asleep). In my house, even when my kids did stop sleeping at naps, we still had a "quiet time" where they had to lay on their beds for 1 hour - they could read, look at books, or play with colorforms but they had to be quiet and relatively still. Whether they fell asleep or not, it gave them time to recharge.

    Answer by missanc at 9:08 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Let your children nap as long as they will nap. If they sleep, then obviously they need that extra sleep time.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:09 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • there's nothing wrong with napping so go ahead and let him rest. if he's tired or cranky in any way, his body needs it.

    Answer by Mrs.L.Mita at 9:13 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • My almost 4-year-old does not need naps now (and we have problems getting her to sleep at night on preschool days due to the naps -- But at 3-year-old, I would still give a short nap -- maybe an hour? When my child is cranky, I have her lay down for 30-45 min for "quiet" time. She gets to read books or color during this time.

    Answer by BaileysMom476 at 9:45 AM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Consider yourself blessed... my 3 and 5 year old NEVER took naps, they still don't always sleep through the night, and I fantasize about if I were like other parents I would do while they were down... Hahaha

    My 15 year old on the other hand took naps, and on schedule, and I remember his first day of kindergarten, cam home crying!!! I calmed him down, and it all came down to they didn't take naps at school... hahaha

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 12:05 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • thanks..naps are back in

    Comment by nate_caden (original poster) at 12:31 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • I would lay him down ONLY on the days he could actually use a nap.

    Answer by CandyHorse at 12:31 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Technically, the "experts" say that half of all kids are still napping at four years old.

    My (now) 4.5 year old stopped naps around four years old. Until then, he still needed them.

    Go with your child's clues. What about having another baby made you think your son was automatically not needing naps?? Personally, my DD was born when my son just turned 3, I welcomed the nap. On the days I could get DS and DD napping at the same time I would take a nap too :) It's a sanity-saver.

    Answer by Mom_to_Skyler at 12:45 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • If he wants them, yes. If he doesn't, make him sit for a bit with you and read a book or watch a video. Make it 'quiet time'. Tell if he doesn't want to nap, he at least needs to sit still and relax for a bit.

    Answer by nova.mommy at 12:45 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • I still have my 5 year old DD still nap because she gets cranky and emotional!

    Answer by CnBsMomma at 3:21 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

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