Naptime: When Is It Time to Stop?

toddler napNaptime is often a time of calm and quiet for mom and dad. As your child grows older, you may wonder when the coveted naps will end. Here are some tips on when to stop naptime, and why a nap is crucial to your toddler’s development.

Why is a nap important?

Up until about two years of age, naps are a vital part of your toddler’s development. Sleep time is a chance for your child’s body to conserve energy while he is going through growth spurts. Proper sleep will help your child be a happier toddler and make your life easier. If your child gets cranky, stares into space, or begins to rub his eyes in the afternoon, naptime is likely here to stay.

When should the nap go away?

Many children will give up their naps around two years of age, while others will still nap until they are four years old.

To encourage your child to have successful naps, put him or her down at the same time, in the same room, every day.

Watch your child for signs that show you when to stop naptime. This can include a lack of crankiness and a fresh burst of energy throughout the day. Keep in mind that refusal to go down for a nap does not always mean they are ready to stop napping altogether.

If I had a nickel for every time one of my children told me they weren’t tired, only for them to fall asleep minutes later, I would be a particularly rich woman.

“Quiet Time”

I have three children: ages five, three, and two. My five-year-old gave up naps just after turning four. Even though he was no longer sleeping, he was still required to go into his room and read, play, or quietly watch a movie while his siblings slept. Not only do I feel quiet time is a good time for him to unwind, but two to three times a month he will still fall asleep for an hour or so.

Routine

To encourage your child to have successful naps, put him or her down at the same time, in the same room, every day. If you have a soothing routine you use at night, try the same routine during naptime to encourage sleep.

While you may feel sadness at the loss of naptime, it is a part of growing up. Enjoy the quiet moments while you can!

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8 comments

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    I love the “quiet time” idea! Great!

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    I would adapt the “quiet time”! Great! 🙂

  3. TaKeisha says:

    I took naps everyday growing and I took naps as a teenager in high school and I still take naps as an adult. I will have my child on a daily napping schedule. A good nap never hurt anyone!

  4. EliHomes says:

    I took naps even in high school. School days can be long and stressful. Even adults need quiet time.

  5. Destiny says:

    My little girl rarely takes naps any more. she stopped around a year and a half but I still put her in her room for quiet time everyday. she maybe sleeps once every couple of weeks. I on the other hand still try to take a nap everyday…lol

  6. KT. S says:

    Everyone in the household should take naps! Especially the new mommies! I think naps are important but usually stop after they start school.

  7. Juana says:

    I just turn off tv and give my younger child his bottle and me and my older child I just lay down and we all take a good nap

  8. Timothy says:

    My baby sleeps alot

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