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3 year old still naps in afternoon

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PizzaEmpress Fri 16-Sep-11 15:20:31

Is this normal?? He's 3 years 4 months and will sleep for 1 - 2 hours. Sleeps 12 hours per night.


omaoma Fri 16-Sep-11 15:27:16

Christ my nearly 3yo is asleep right now and i would lose my mind if i didn't have 2 hours to f*ck about to work on the days she's at home with me... she's also always been a 12-hours-a-nighter.

she has a friend the same age who barely sleeps AT ALL and never has. has to be forced to have a 10min nap, awake at 5 in the morning... there clearly are just different physiologies/metabolisms and that's that.

Shinyshoes1 Fri 16-Sep-11 15:28:34

mine does and was 3 in January, she has about an hour

trixymalixy Fri 16-Sep-11 15:28:59

Normal. DS is 4.5 and sometimes has an afternoon nap still. He was definitely still napping every afternoon at 3.

sheeplikessleep Fri 16-Sep-11 15:30:05

DS1 is 4 next month and asleep right now! Admittedly he only naps every few days now, but it's bliss when he does smile

MamaChocoholic Fri 16-Sep-11 15:30:28

it won't last forever. as long as it does, enjoy it. he'll only nap if he needs the sleep.

ajandjjmum Fri 16-Sep-11 15:31:58

My DC were encouraged to continue with their naps - and they were often for up to two hours. I loved the peace!

Mumleigh Fri 16-Sep-11 15:41:56

I'm jealous! DD ( 3) stopped afternoon naps at about 14 months.
DS on the other hand would sleep for 2 hours right up until he started school when he was almost 5. He is in year 1 now and comes out of school shattered!

Atropos Fri 16-Sep-11 15:43:42

Why are you worried? Who suggested this is a problem? Was that person a fool, bore or loony?

MissTinaTeaspoon Fri 16-Sep-11 15:46:32

Dd is 3 1/2 and still has 2 hours after lunch, she gets about 11 hours at night. None of her close friends have a nap, but they all seem to get up later when they aren't in school, and go to bed earlier. She still seems to need the nap, and it means that I can have one if I'm working a night shift, plus we can all eat together in the evenings because she doesn't have to be in bed by 7. I do worry about how she'll manage full time school next year though.

aStarInStrangeways Fri 16-Sep-11 15:46:53

oh god, just enjoy it. my ds stopped napping just after his 2nd birthday. how i miss them.

jacobsmama Fri 16-Sep-11 19:15:18

You lucky, lucky people. If only envy

Gastonladybird Fri 16-Sep-11 19:17:30

Yes mine does too- only about an hour but needs it. My mum reckons it's odd kids drop naps so early (partly due to school issues) as reckons they had a rest after lunch at school when she went til they were about 6.

PizzaEmpress Fri 16-Sep-11 19:31:46

My mother said that she thought it was weird to nap past 18 months.

My mother says a lot of stuff... hmm

ChippingIn Fri 16-Sep-11 19:34:00

LOL - yes - ignore ignore ignore.

Some do, some don't - it doesn't matter either way, but your sanity levels are better when they do grin

AngelDog Fri 16-Sep-11 20:23:20

Sleep books eg Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child say that the majority of children need naps until at least 3 years old. Obviously some don't.

I know children who still needed a nap by the time they started reception.

WoofToYouTooLady Fri 16-Sep-11 20:23:20

gawd ignore her

DS2 still napped right up til he started reception

then he had v early tea and slept 5.30 til 7 til the following spring

some children just like sleep

WoofToYouTooLady Fri 16-Sep-11 20:23:42

hah brill x post

Pigleychez Fri 16-Sep-11 21:36:39

Yep, DD1 is 3.1 and still has an afternoon nap most days. If she doesnt shes a nightmare by tea time!

She just started pre-school every morning and now sleeps for 3hours! Totally wears her out!

Not complaining as DD2 (15mths) also has an afternoon nap the same time! Bliss to get some quiet time for myself!

Still sleeps 12 hours at night... just like Mummy and likes her sleeep!

SazZaVoom Fri 16-Sep-11 21:38:31

DD1 stopped hers properly at just over 4

DD2 stopped hers ages ago (and she is only just 3) <sigh>

Enjoy it while it lasts!

NoNoNoMYDoIt Fri 16-Sep-11 21:40:24

oooo how i wish that had been mine. both mine were nap-refuseniks by 2 years. envy

MrsHuxtable Fri 16-Sep-11 22:57:42

Yes, very normal.

Petisa Fri 16-Sep-11 23:29:45

Mine is 3.5 and sleeps for a couple of hours every afternoon. Only sleeps 10.5 hours at night though. Was thinking of trying to make the nap shorter and night time sleep longer but I go to bed with her little sister at nap time and feed for ages so it's good dd1 is asleep too plus I need my cuppa and biccy and MN too

RachelHRD Sat 17-Sep-11 00:09:13

Gawd I wish my 3.10 year old still had an afternoon nap - he stopped before he was 3 <sigh> so now I have the pleasure of his company ALLLLLLLLLLL day hmm.............

pipoca Sat 17-Sep-11 09:15:57

MIne is 3 and a half and sleeps an hour and a half in the afternoon but also only does about 10 hrs at night...last night did 8.30 to 6.30am for example.

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