My 3 year old does not nap anymore unless we are in the car. When we go for drives she will take a 2 hour nap and want to stay up all night long. My 2 1/2 year old will nap daily and go to bed early. Should I make my 3 year old nap every day? She has "relax" time during the day where she lays in bed and watches tv or reads books for an hour. I just feel like she's too young to stop napping.

asked 01 Oct '09, 14:57

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I know how frustrating those 'car naps' can be!! It can mess them right up

(02 Oct '09, 00:47) dreamerisme

My parents live 35 minutes away so everytime we go visit the kids are sleeping when we get there. SO frustrating! Then they are grouchy the next 30 minutes after we get there!

(04 Oct '09, 00:49) Mommy trial and error

Around 3 - 3 1/2 is when my daughter transitioned from actual naps to "rest time". For us that meant she was allowed to read books in bed for an hour. Sometimes she would fall asleep during that time and sometimes she wouldn't. If she seemed tired in the evening I just put her to bed a little earlier. We didn't notice any adverse effects of losing the daytime sleep. Most sleep studies show that kids generally start giving up their naps around 4, but I think you know your daughter best. If taking a nap means she's not tired at bedtime, that's a definite indicator that she's ready to give it up.


answered 01 Oct '09, 15:29

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We did rest time at our house too (we call it quiet time) and we love it! (I wrote more about it here:

(22 Oct '09, 23:01) Emily

We basically let our kids tell us (through behaviour). If they skipped their nap and were grouchy all evening before crashing early, we figured they weren't ready to give it up yet. Once it got to the point where having a nap meant that they were up until 10:30, we were ready for them to give it up. That happened for my kids between ages 3 and 4.


answered 01 Oct '09, 16:42

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Yup, same here. My 2year old still naps once a day, and the transitions from 3 naps into 2 naps and into 1 nap went quite smoothly. But some days she won't nap at all. And I don't actually expect the transition into 0 naps anytime soon - she gets a lot of exercise in the nursery. Anyhow, there's no "right" way about it - but it seems that she does not really need a nap anymore. So, if she does have one, you just have to brace yourself for a looon evening, I guess.


answered 03 Oct '09, 21:06

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My 28 mth old has a nap on week days, but often no nap at weekends. This is partly down to me, on a week day it's just me and him during the day, his sisters are at school and his Daddy is at work. So I really need him to have a nap so as not to go crazy, so I make the time, at around midday when he's usually a bit sleepy, to lie down in his bed with him and nurse him to sleep.

At the weekend he is happily playing with sisters and Daddy a lot of the time, so it's not so intense for me and I often forget about his nap until it's getting a bit too late in the day. On those days we just put him to bed a little bit quicker, cut down on the running around in the nude after his bath, that sort of thing, because he's tired. He tends not to be terribly grumpy, he's a really cheerful kid most of the time anyway.


answered 22 Nov '09, 20:02

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