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When did your child(ren) stop taking naps?

My almost 3 year old just refuses to take a nap most days. If he does take one then he is super hard to put down at bedtime. If he doesn't take a nap then he will go down really easy at bedtime. I added it up and since he takes forever to fall asleep at night, he actually gets the same amount of hours either way. He isn't cranky or anything without a nap. I just keep trying to get him to take one because he seems too young to give them up...but then again I hate fighting him to go to sleep at night too. I've tried moving around the time of day he takes a nap, but it doesn't make a difference. Does anyone else have a child that gave up naps this young?


Asked by hill_star03 at 5:03 PM on Apr. 18, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • My two gave their naps up at age 2. They naturally gave them up by playing quietly in their rooms during nap time. You could have a quiet time everyday instead of the nap.

    Answer by elizabr at 5:05 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Mine were all about 3.

    Answer by lisa89j at 5:03 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Maybe no nap...but "quiet time" of 10-15 mins? My last son at home is 14 and I can still get him to lay down and take a nap....:) usually watching a boring old mom movie but hey.....I'll take what I can

    Answer by brypmom at 5:06 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • About 2. She will take one every once in awhile but she's busy to slow down for a minute

    Answer by Eisleysmommy27 at 5:08 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • My son stopped taking naps when he was about 18 months, he on the go constantly.

    Answer by AydensMommy1109 at 5:08 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Ok thanks! I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I remember taking naps in kindergarten and my little cousin still taking naps at 4 1/2...I know all kids are different and I guess I just still think of him as a baby :)

    Comment by hill_star03 (original poster) at 5:13 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • My little girl just turned 4 and she still takes about an hour or 2 nap every now an then. Not often though.

    Answer by proudmom2510 at 5:14 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • My daughter stopped at 2 1/2. Shes almost 3 1/2now and every once in a while if we've had a super long, busy day, she'll take a short nap around 5:30 till 6ish, but thats it. I miss nap times!!!! :)

    Answer by soccerchik8287 at 5:18 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • My son gave up naps at around 4 or 5. Probably earlier he was just quiet about things. He taught himself to read at 4 years old. I've busted him now at 7 years old reading books instead of sleeping at 10pm on a school night. My daughter is about 4 and hasn't taken a good, consistent nap for about a year now.

    I remember nap time in kindergarten as well, but it was also a private kindergarten with a before/after school daycare option.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 5:47 PM on Apr. 18, 2011