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When do you know your toddler is done with taking daily naps?

My dd is 2 1/2 and still takes daily naps. Lately, she's been difficult to get to take a nap as if she is not tired. So I tried not giving her naps. She was miserable and asleep on the couch by 6:00 pm. Her normal sleep hours are from 8:00pm to 7:30 am. Should I not give her daily naps and put her to bed earlier?


Asked by mamaada at 1:53 PM on Feb. 28, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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Answers (9)
  • My daughter always went through a long period of only napping occasionally before giving up a nap. I'd say you might as well move her bedtime forward; otherwise you'll be dealing with a major case of cranky pants.

    Answer by SWasson at 1:56 PM on Feb. 28, 2011

  • My Son stopped napping shortly after He turned 3..I knew when He would not go to sleep at naptime - EVER! lol.

    Answer by -AJ at 4:31 PM on Feb. 28, 2011

  • Every kid is different. My son (3) only naps when he's had a VERY busy day, and even on those days, he doesn't usually nap unless he's in a car going somewhere. He's been like that for about 6 or 8 months. Your daughter is at an age where she doesn't necessarily need a nap if she's not tired... and I bet there's no way she'll even lay down if she doesn't want to.

    Answer by AdensMama0308 at 1:57 PM on Feb. 28, 2011

  • My 4 yr old still takes a daily nap....I'm going to keep them around for as long as possible....although her naps are probably more for me then for her lol

    Answer by Lucky209 at 1:58 PM on Feb. 28, 2011

  • My 6 yr old will sometimes still nap - and put himself down at that. But he's the exception not the rule.

    My older kids still napped into their 3's. They needed at least a rest period if not outright sleep. At 2.5 I would still insist that she at least lay down for an hour and if she falls asleep, cool. By being miserable and falling asleep at 6 it seems to me that she still needs the sleep.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 1:58 PM on Feb. 28, 2011

  • All of my children stopped napping before age 2. They have always been great night sleepers, though, so we just put them to bed earlier when they stopped their daily nap. They would sleep from about 7pm to 7am--no waking up!

    Answer by SnapdragonSMT at 4:33 PM on Feb. 28, 2011

  • She is in a transition stage. It is a huge change from a nap to no naps. It's going to throw off her sleep at night for a little while. Try to keep her up as long as you can. She will get used to it and her body will adjust, it just takes time.

    Answer by mompam at 4:35 PM on Feb. 28, 2011

  • I have three kids. two boys and one girl. My boys took naps until they where about 5. My daughter on the other hand would not take naps. Scared she was going to miss something.


    Answer by HomeAlone45 at 5:02 PM on Feb. 28, 2011

  • My son went through a period of time where he started skipping his naps. He didn't take a nap at all for about two months (fought sleep) shortly after he turned two and we had converted his crib to a toddler bed. I kept trying to get him to nap or at least do one hour of quiet time--so he had an opportunity to nap if he needed it or had some down time each day. If he didn't sleep, he could look at books or play with his stuffed animals (or sing--which he sometimes does when he's not mad about 'quiet time'). I kept the quiet time up and tried to push his nap time back a little later in the afternoon, and suddenly he started taking them again. He takes a nap most days now (occasionally he still skips a day here and there), and he at least does quiet time even if he doesn't sleep. If he skips naps, we put him to bed an hour earlier than usual (if possible). I plan to enforce quiet time / naps until he's at least 4.

    Answer by pam19 at 11:03 PM on Feb. 28, 2011