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#1 of 7 Old 11-11-2007, 09:35 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi...I am sure this has been posted before but here it goes. Our 4 year old still naps most of the time. He doesn't so much like to nap on the weekend. I try and get him to have one atleast one of the days. Today he went all day and then crashed at 6 p.m. just as I was getting dinner on the table. I should have aimed for an earlier dinner but it just didn't work out. So, now he is in bed with an empty tummy. I guess I should look for more signs of being tired. When he does nap he doesn't go to bed until close to 9 p.m. I am not sure what to do with the whole nap.
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#2 of 7 Old 11-11-2007, 09:53 PM
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My 4.5yo still naps. She really needs it and doesn't fight it. There have been times when we've been out and about and she didn't get to nap until late (tonight for example, she flll asleep at 4 and got up at 6) or at times, she falls asleep before dinner. I don't really worry about it too much - I figure she knows her body and if she wakes up, I give her a snack and she goes back to sleep. But, I do try to plan for naps because she still needs them so much.
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i would go to bed early just in case she wakes up early... she might sleep 12 hrs if she is really tired.
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I don't want DS to take a nap and he really doesn't need them.

If he does nap, he will fall asleep around 5:30pm. And all it takes is a 10 minute power nap and he is rested and will go non-stop until he crashes around Midnight.

If he skips his nap, he will go go to bed for the night at 10pm. Any earlier than 10pm (9:45pm) is considered a nap to him.
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Every once in a while dd will take a nap. I think she really needs one, but I'm not going to force it. When she's especially upset or grumpy, she'll lay herself down and crash for a few hours.
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My 4.5 year old ds also naps still. I'm not sure what we're going to do next year when he starts school. or He definately still needs them...
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My almost 5-year-old still naps and will fall asleep every time if she goes down within a sort of "magic window" from between 1 pm and 3 pm. I don't let her sleep past 4:30 because it just doesn't work with our dinner/bath/bedtime routine otherwise.

She definitely benefits from the naps, but as she gets older I find we can be more flexible and it's not too big a disaster if she skips it sometimes. It can make the evening a little hairy and often on those days she's going to bed quite early because of the sheer fatigue, but it's not too bad. I'm relieved to find out that we CAN skip it without that much trauma because we start full-day kindergarten next year. I expect her to be really tired after school, but I think she'll cope fine with the school day.
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