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How do I get my son to continue taking a daily nap?

Our son is going to be 3 in September and he fights nap time and sometimes doesn't take a nap all together. This catches up with him around dinner time though and he becomes very cranky and overtired. He still needs a nap, but how do I get him to keep taking one?


Asked by elwalters77 at 7:38 PM on Jul. 15, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • My kids gave up naps at different ages, mostly around age 4. Before they gave up naps altogether, they kind of weaned themselves off them by taking one to three naps a week, instead of one every day. Yes, they were cranky on the days with no naps, but they adjust, especially if you give them some quiet time instead of a nap.

    Answer by RedRowan at 8:01 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

  • I would suggest the quiet time as well, and let him know that even if he doesn't want to take a nap it is good for him to sit and listen to a book so he can relax a little bit, it may be the encouragement he needs to keep snoozing smoothly...Good Luck and God Bless

    Answer by wondermommy5 at 8:59 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

  • I would forget fighting over napping at that age & just work on quiet time. Let him know he doesn't have to sleep but he has to lay or sit quietly in his bed. The above suggestion of a book on tape (or CD) is a great idea I bet you could find some at goodwill or salvation army for less than a buck. Or he could look at picture books. If he really is tired & isn't busy trying to fight you about napping he might fall asleep. If not he will at least be more rested.

    Answer by nysa00 at 9:35 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

  • I let my son watch a movie during his quit time. If he is really tired he will fall asleep. Good Luck

    Answer by PPrice at 12:43 AM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • I have my daughter "rest". She has to lay in my chair and just rest for a little while. When she needs it, she will actually fall asleep. Other days she just lays there and reads or watches her shows. Good luck!

    Answer by mandcmom at 11:43 AM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • If you figure this one out please let me know. My dd is 4 1/2 and I am having the same problem. As for giving her quiet time....on the weekends when I am home, I put the twins down, then I lay on the couch and tell her that I am going to take a nap. She is quiet and does relax, but still, come 7pm, she is a horror to deal with. However, she does go to bed earlier b/c of it. But either way -- I FEEL YA!!!!

    Answer by isaboo22 at 4:34 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • I have my daughter "rest / quiet time". She lays down on the couch to watch some TV or Read her books. If she - her body needs the rest, she'll end up falling asleep on her own. Sometimes she dont, but she will be rested and not cranky. :)

    Answer by ProudOhioMom at 8:49 AM on Jul. 17, 2008