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11/19/14 10:31 A

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My daughter is 3. At around 2.5 years old she also started fighting naps. What I started to do is put her up for "quiet time" for 1 hour. The rules are she has to stay in her bed. She can read or talk to her stuffed animals while laying in bed. I would say every 4th day or so she actually falls asleep. She is in the in-between stage where she sometimes still needs a nap but most days she does just fine without it.

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Our kids nap after lunch for about two hours, they don't have to sleep but they do have to be quiet!

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6/14/14 8:32 P

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My 3.5 year old has never been one for naps. She might fall asleep in the car, and she'll nap when she's ill, but otherwise they have always been non-existent. My 8 month old doesn't nap either, though not for lack of trying... there's that big sister that just won't leave her alone long enough to even try to. Some kids just don't nap. I know I never did either.

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3/19/14 12:21 P

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We do the same thing with our 4 year old. He will nap at daycare (he only goes 2 days a week), but when he's home, he will most days refuse. We usually tell him that he doesn't have to sleep, but he has to lay on his bed and have quiet time. We will sometimes put a movie in and sometimes he will fall asleep then, but other days, he'll (sometimes) just have the quiet time.
We also just felt like it was too much of a fight to deal with trying to make him take the naps anymore.

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1/31/14 7:09 P

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I had this same issue with my 2nd child and I finally decided that it was not worth me wasting all of my time sitting next to her in bed just so she would stay in the bed. I still could never get her to sleep because she would just talk to me and stay awake. But I still put her in her room everyday for relaxing time, and once in a blue moon she will sleep, but usually she just plays.

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1/25/14 11:29 A

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My three year old daughter still naps at 1p every day. She only goes to preschool twice a week in the morning so she's still home before nap time. Even if she doesn't fall asleep every day, she gets her quiet time; it's important to everybody. It helps her mood and I get to fold laundry or workout.

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1/22/14 12:04 P

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I agree with the "quiet time." We're not quite there with our son yet- he naps most days. But my mom told me that when we were kids we'd still go for "quiet time" and whether we played for a bit or napped, it was just that opportunity to nap if we needed it.

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1/19/14 9:58 P

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My 4.5 year still naps on the weekends, but it takes a while for her to fall asleep sometimes an hour (she might play in her room for a bit). I think she does more quietly lying on a cot at preschool than actually sleeping because of the other kids there, and she only tends to sleep 9 hours at night. I had a trying time around 2 and just stuck to my guns. Naps will probably go away at school in August for K-5 since I have heard they no longer have K-5s take naps during school.

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1/17/14 2:18 P

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My 3.5 year old still take about a 1 to 1.5 hr. everyday. She sleeps well at night too. Some kids just need more rest than others. My 5 year old abandoned her nap at 4 years old. So, at that age, I put her in "quiet time" on my bed in my room with some books. Sometimes changing the room makes them think it is not a nap too.

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I am with you guys. He will be three in July so he's almost there. I am just to the point I'll just let him take some quiet time and play in his room if nothing else and call it good. I am glad to know it isn't just me emoticon Thanks for the support!

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My son (age 3) still naps at preschool, but he doesn't nap on the days he's home. I don't press the issue because it's actually more trouble than it's worth to get him to nap. :)

His pediatrician surprised me at his 3 year checkup, when she said most 3 years old do not nap. She said most kids his age are sleeping 12 hours per night with no midday nap!

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Sorry I can't be of much help. My daughter is 3.5 and has never really been one to take naps emoticon

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I think that is what we are going to do.. Thanks for the suggestion!

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My son is almost 4 yr and he still takes a nap most days...but on the days he resists,I tell him that he doesn't have to sleep, but he does need at least 1 hr of 'quiet time'....maybe wording it differently will give him more power, but the result is the same...

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Hi everyone! I'm new, BTW to the team so HI!

Okay now to my question. I need some advice. I have four kids but sometimes with my youngest (2 1/2 years old) feel like a first time mom, lol. He has been by far my biggest challenge. My question is this: how do you guys know when your kiddos are done with naps? He seems to think he is, but I am not so sure. Sleep all the way around has been an intense struggle with him. He finally started sleeping through the night at about 18 months of age. Now he doesn't seem to think he needs naps anymore. He is funny, he will fight naps like crazy but he gets very wired if he doesn't have them (I think its because he's very tired) in the evenings. What age is a good time for the nap to go? I read "Happy Baby, Healthy Sleep Habits" and I have tried all the suggestions in that book. As soon as I leave the room he isout of bed and playing. (before it is asked, no it isnot an option to remove his toys from his room). I have tried just sitting next to his bed waiting for him to fall asleep, I have tried going in andputting him back in bed, I have gotten upset with him, I have been neutral with him, etc, etc, etc. Does anyone have any advice or insight into this? I think he sleeps better at night wtih his naps, but it has become such an intense power struggle I don't know if it is worth the fight anymore...... he will go down some days but other days, it is just a big fight.

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