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My 3 1/2 year old gave up regular naps almost a yr ago but recently she seems to need one at least every other day.<br><br>
At what age were naps given up in your home?<br><br>
Did regular napping ever start up again?<br><br>
Just trying to get an idea of where my 3 1/2 year old should be sleep wise.<br><br>
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DS1 gave up napping at 2 1/2 and was always a bad sleeper before that too (didn't really start napping til 18 months). At 3 1/2, he was in full day preschool and fell asleep in the car a couple of times a week. He has always had an early bedtime because he won't nap and needs his sleep.
 

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My (2 year old) toddler is still taking naps most of the time, thank goodness!<br><br>
My older daughter (now 8) was always an iffy napper, and dropped her nap completely around age 4. She did go to preschool and had a nap/rest time there, but just laid quietly on her mat or read instead of napping. She started sleeping a little longer overnight around the time she stopped napping, too. I think there might have been a few times that she needed more sleep and took a random nap. Maybe yours is going through a growth spurt or its due to the summer weather?
 

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My 2.5 y/o dd is still comfortably and easily taking a 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hour nap every afternoon. I get her into bed anywhere between 1 and 3 pm and she goes right to sleep. At this very moment she happens to be taking a nap. She has gone through a couple phases where she didn't want to take her nap but, that usually only lasts a short time before she is back to falling right asleep right after her head hits the pillow.<br><br>
If we skip a nap because of errands or doing stuff around the house ir definatly effects her mood in a very negitive way. I work our schedule around her nap 95% of the time. Naps in the car almost always result in a cranky kiddo who is ticked when we wake her up at the destination. We also don't do couch/living room naps... she gets too distracted anywhere other than her room where she is used to going to sleep. She might crash on the couch once in a great while after a long day but, typically not.<br><br>
A perk to nap time is being able to get some things done around the house or have some down time for yourself (or a nap!). The perks, I assume, to not having a nap during the day is that you don't have to limit the out of the house activities to a certain block of time dueing the day. It gets kind of hard making appointment and trips to town with an early to mid afternoon nap.
 

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DD will be 4 in August and it's been well over a year since she took a daily nap. She naps occasionally now, in fact, she's had 3 naps in the past week and a half. That's a lot for her. We still have mandatory quiet time. I always hope she'll fall asleep during quiet time, but 90% of the time, she doesn't. I also hope that she'll return to napping, though I'm not holding my breath.
 

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My 2.5 year old stopped napping shortly after he turned 2. Sometimes he is cranky in the late afternoon, but he sleeps soooo much better at night and is actually better rested this way. Now, at 2.5, he won't fall asleep unless he is in the car at a "tired" time.<br><br>
I think he stopped earlier than lots of kids, but that's just what happened <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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ds took a nap hiatus at about 20 months, but now at about 23 months he's started to agree to them again. but we had to change how he would nap-- now i have to lie down with him and it has to be in our bed, whereas before i would plop him in his crib and he'd fall asleep on his own.<br>
my poor mom says i stopped napping at 12 months, and would only sleep for 8 hours every night. whenever i feel sleep deprived, i remind myself of this.
 

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2 weeks before his second birthday...they have never started up again but he will still fall asleep in the car if we have a whole day out (then of course he wont go to bed until 10-11pm! lol)
 

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DD stopped routinely taking her nap shortly after DS was born - she was about 2 3/4 yrs at the time. She's 3 3/4 yrs now & naps maybe once every 2 weeks - if she's had a late night or a really super outside active day & then is in the car - she'll conk out.<br><br>
She's always been a car napper, and if we didn't "sleepy drive" her, she probably would have given up her nap right around the time she turned 2.<br><br>
Both my kids started dropping their 2nd nap on the early side too - DD at 12 months, DS at 10 months.
 
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