How long should my 3-year-old nap?

He will be 4 in June.


Asked by Anonymous at 6:51 PM on Jan. 7, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • my just turned four year old takes an hour nap and i think it is plenty........he is up early for school and bedtime is 8pm so a nap around noon does him good....

    Answer by tarapatton at 6:55 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • My dd is almost 4 and WHEN she naps its about for 2 hours.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:59 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • As long as he wants! I'm such a pro-sleep person. My daughter is almost 3.5 and she sleeps 1.5-2 hours. BUT, over Christmas she took 3-4 hour naps...and i let her. She knows how much sleep she needs.

    Answer by Melissa823 at 7:23 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • My daughter napped up until she started kindergarten and even now if she isn't at school, I have her lay down after lunch. My little guy is 3 1/2 and he still takes at least an hour nap every day and I plan of him napping until kindergarten too. They are WAY too grumpy in the evening if they haven't had a nap.

    Answer by slw123 at 8:29 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • When my son was 3, he slept from 1-3. He was awake at 7 AM and went to sleep around 7 PM. He was a regular sleeper, I was lucky!!!!!!

    Answer by ShootingStar82 at 8:47 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • As long as he wants as long as it doesn't interfere with his regular bed time. We don't let our DS sleep longer than 5 pm for his naps, just because I know that won't give him enough time being up and will have a hard time getting to sleep later that evening. I remember we used to take naps at least through Kindergarten. Mine get grumpy too if they get no naps. My soon to be 3 yr old almost seems to want to ditch his naps lately. I finally got him to take a nap today, because I layed down with him, which was fine by me too. I needed a nap as well.

    Answer by Alma_C at 9:28 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • My DD is 3 and sleeps at least 2 hours every day and sometimes up to 3 and i always let her because she must be tired if she sleeps that long! She goes to bed at 9 and gets up around 8.

    Answer by saysmom at 11:01 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • My daughter takes nap for about 2 hours...and thats actually great because this gives me time to get chores or cooking done, then I can take a 30 min to an 1 hour nap my self and If she really have driven me nuts that day I put her in my bed and I'll join her for the nap and it will strecth to about a 3 hour nap she loves being in my bed.


    Answer by Niamom at 12:15 PM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • wow my son is almost 3 (in april) and naps have stopped.. I swear he cant deal with them he used to stay up un till 12 -1 am even with a 20 min nap..
    he is up around 645-745 and in bed around 8-9 pm yes he sleeps thru the night and he gets a nap only when the day is really busy. but usualy no naps..
    Am I a bad mom for this?

    Answer by TravisJohnsmama at 6:02 PM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • i dont think so you are doin a good job but mind aint got a bed time really i dont no if then havin been up along time i need help and how can i get my lil ones on a shedule please help me thank

    Answer by anniepooh25 at 3:10 PM on Feb. 4, 2010

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