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When did your child(ren) stop napping in daytime?

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GoldenHaze Sun 07-Nov-10 20:03:06

DD is 2 years, 5 months and really needs a daytime nap (of 1 - 2 hours long). When she goes without she's extremely irritable (and irritating!)

Is she a bit old for this now though? She's very energetic most of the time, but I worry that she might be a bit anaemic as she really needs the nap.

BTW, she sleeps from around 7.15pm to about 7.45am. She then needs to nap from about 11am or 12pm.

Thank you!

puffylovett Sun 07-Nov-10 20:06:02

DS1 dropped his around 2.5yrs I think, but it was a gradual thing whereby I had to ake him after45 mins toward the end. Hwever, I do know 3.5 yrolds who still nap. IMO if you eel your daughter still needs the sleep, let her have it. You'll know when she'll stop needing it, as she'll start to move her bedtime to later in the evening

puffylovett Sun 07-Nov-10 20:06:48

argh sorry - keyboard batteries !
however !!

Beamur Sun 07-Nov-10 20:10:17

My DD started napping later and later in the day, which was a real PITA, but eventually some days she didn't nap....(I on the other hand was almost broken with fatigue - I had no idea how much I needed her naps) - but it was around 2.5 too.
Mine will not be woken and was horribly grumpy after a late nap, she still occasionally drops off in the afternoon (nearly 4 now) which is a mixed blessing - it staves off the massive grumpiness of tiredness, but throws out bedtime.

maresedotes Sun 07-Nov-10 20:14:42

My DD2 still naps most days and she is 3.1. Mainly sleeps for about an hour (takes herself off to bed). Today slept for 2.5 hours and has just gone to bed for the night. I tend to go with the flow with it and let her sleep whenever (can't cope with the grumpiness otherwise).

MadamDeathstare Sun 07-Nov-10 20:15:52

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BornToFolk Sun 07-Nov-10 20:21:39

DS is just 3 and still naps. He's at nursery 3 days a week and doesn't have a sleep there anymore but for the 4 days he's at home, he usually does. It's becoming a bit of a struggle to get him to settle down though so I think they won't last much longer.
It's weird though - when he does sleep he has a solid 2 hours and it doesn't impact on his night time sleep. He's more tired on days that he doesn't have a nap but either way, he still sleeps 7-7 each night.
He was a crap sleeper when he was a baby though, and started his day at 5am for months so this is the payback now! grin

NonnoMum Sun 07-Nov-10 20:22:14

DD2 has just stopped at about 2.2 or 2.3ish. But it means she goes to bed at 6pm instead of 7pm.
Sometimes she has a bit of "downtime" drinking milk in frot of the TV (bad mother) but she just won't nap anymore.
But it's quite nice as DC3 (15 months) still has a nap so she has a bit of one-on-one.

Meglet Sun 07-Nov-10 20:24:12

DS is almost 4 and has just stopped his long daytime naps. Although I am going to make sure he has quiet time in his room and a short power nap if he's in a grotty mood.

DD is 2 and still has an hour at nursery and a couple of hours at home.

duchesse Sun 07-Nov-10 20:24:24

Child 1, 18/20 months (we had to stop him sleeping in the daytime or would have a 3 hour nap and then wouldn't go to sleep until 11pm or midnight). He was a nightmare. Has never slept more than 9-10 hours even as a newborn. I wouldn't say he hasn't needed more because in retrospect I think he was utterly sleep-deprived as a small boy. We just couldn't get him to go to sleep.

Child 2, about 2 yr 3 months (neatly timed to coincide with her sister's birth).

Child 3 still needed a nap at nearly 4.

They're all different. In France the nursery classes (up to age 6) all have the chance of a daytime nap, with little beds in a side room. Not all of them have a nap at that time, but quite a few of them need it until they are 5.

sweetkitty Sun 07-Nov-10 20:25:21

DD3 gave hers up last week she is 2.4y

ShowOfHandsInEpistolaryForm Sun 07-Nov-10 20:26:18

12 fricking months.

CoteDAzur Sun 07-Nov-10 20:28:26

18 months. Oh how I grieved.

Karoleann Sun 07-Nov-10 20:33:17

DS1 was 2.4. DS2 is 2.2 and usually sleeps, though can do without. I need to wake him after an hour though or he won't sleep in the evening.

SingingBear Sun 07-Nov-10 20:34:53

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13lucky Sun 07-Nov-10 20:36:53

My dd is 4.4 years and started reception in September. She slept for 2 hours every day right up until she started school and still naps for that amount of time at the weekend.

My ds is 2.1 years and also naps for 2 hours every day.

SuzieHomemaker Sun 07-Nov-10 20:38:43

Be warned, DD (15 years) now often takes a nap in the day time. Many people say the teenage years are just a repeat of the toddler years!

Onetoomanycornettos Sun 07-Nov-10 20:40:20

My daughter is 5 and still has a couple of naps a week, after school! Some children are sleepier than others, she has always needed naps as well as sleeping 12 hours a night, and will fall asleep anywhere, floor, chair, under the bed, wherever she finds herself. There's nothing wrong with her, she flings herself about and talks non-stop when awake, then just stops, sucks her thumb and is out like a light. I have used the children's nap times to grab naps on the weekend for years, and have been known to have a light snooze on the sofa whilst they watch a film on Sun afternoon.

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