The Right Time To Give Up Naptime

by Nicole on August 29, 2011 · 0 comments

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For the busy and stressed single mom, naptime is sometimes bliss. When your toddler starts showing signs of giving up naptime, you may feel like fighting tooth and nail. However, you need to be realistic – your child is not going to nap forever. Here are some thoughts about when the right time to let your child stop napping might be.

The first thing you need to realize and accept is that every child is different. Pediatricians state that most toddlers need between 12 and 14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. If your child is getting all of that sleep at night, then she may not need a nap. But if she is not, then she likely does.

However, toddlers are very good at fighting naps, even if they need them. You will need to establish a routine with the help of your daycare provider to help your little one wind down when it is time to sleep. Then, you will need to determine the time of day when your child is ready to sleep. You might want naptime to be at noon, but your child may need the rest closer to 2, especially if he sleeps late in the mornings. Each child is going to have a natural sleep rhythm, so you need to, as much as possible work with your toddler’s natural drowsy times.

Above all remember that you are the mom. When your child is done taking naps, you probably know. Instead, offer quiet time during the afternoon to give each of you a little downtime and a break. Talk to the daycare provider about giving this as an option at daycare. This ensures that they have the energy they need to make it through the evening, and you just might be surprised that they sometimes fall asleep even after you thought they were giving up nap.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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