Which naptime is best?

Canada
February 14, 2008 11:06am CST
My daughter seems to like to have her nap about 3 hours after she wakes up in the morning. Does that seem too early? I find that other people that I talk to seem to have their kids go for afternoon naps. Do you think it makes a difference whether kids go for a morning or afternoon nap?
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
15 Feb 08
My son, at 17 months, usually naps anywhere from 3-5 hours after he wakes up in the morning. He is not on a strict schedule. I don't think that sounds too early. As long as she seems to make it through the afternoon and evening without being too cranky. If she seems tired way before bedtime, you may want to try delaying the nap and see if it helps. Bottom line, if it works for her and for you, it doesn't matter what other people do.
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
15 Feb 08
Well depending on age i think it varies, when my daughter was younger she used to nap 3-4 hours after she got up & then nap again in the afternoons. Now that she's a little older (20 months) she only naps in the afternoons now, usually around 2pm. I really think things are very different depending on how old the child is & also what kind of things they get up to - if she's really active first thing, then of course she'll be tired earlier than if she's just not doing a lot. I hope that helps some :)
• United States
14 Feb 08
my daughter usually goes to bed 2 hours after she gets up.. between 2 and 3 hours.. if she wakes at 6 then we try to keep her up till 9, but sometimes shes sooo fussy that we will put her down early. what time does she get up?? cause i think that may effect it.. my daughter used to sleep a full 12 hours.. now its 10 1/2-11 hours... so her body still needs that extra sleep in the morning, so she naps early. depending on the time she naps in the morning she will take another nap later on in the day
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• United States
14 Feb 08
I think it depends on her age. When my son was under 12 months old, he took his nap about 3 hours after he woke up. After he turned one, it was four or five hours later. He is now 2 and it's 6 hours later. If I try any earlier than that, he fusses because he is not tired yet. He'll usually sleep 2-3 hours for me because he was busy playing all morning! I don't think it makes a difference what time she takes her nap as long as she sleeps good at night.
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@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
14 Feb 08
It's already been noted that it depends on your child. You know her behavior best so you have to judge whether it benefits her to extend her awake time and take a later nap, or to let her sleep when she wants. A lot of times with the afternoon nap the child will not be sleepy by night bedtime, so the morning nap may suit her better. -Tink
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@gemini_rose (16193)
14 Feb 08
I dont think it really matters, although I found that when mine had a morning nap they would tend to sleep better at night because they had all of the rest of the day to tire themselves out again.Not that my 2 year old knows what being tired is at the minute, she doesnt nap in the day and STILL doesnt sleep all night!!!
• United States
14 Feb 08
how old is your daughter? My 2 yo goes about 3-4 hrs after she wakes up. My 4 mo old goes after about 2 hrs. I think it all depends on the child. I try to make my 2 yo at least make it past 11 so she can eat lunch first.
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
27 Mar 08
My son is a year old and is on the following schedule: wake up between 7:00 am and 8:30 am, goes down for a nap between 10:00 and 10:30 am till 12:00 or 1:00 p.m., a short nap in the afternoon (no set time), and then bed by 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. I don't think there should be a set time for naps. Every child is different, so a naptime that works for one child might not work for another. If your daughter likes to take a nap in the morning, and its working, then I say why change it?
@mom4kids (658)
• Canada
6 Mar 08
I always consitantly put my kids for a nap at 1 when they are little. I don't think it matters though. If your daughter is tired in the morning then thats when she needs one. If she can go the rest of the day being good and not whinny then great.
@aretha (2538)
• United States
16 Feb 08
i think it depends on the child. if she is doing good with this then i would stick to it but if she is getting really tired and giving you a hard time before bed i would wait to give her her nap till a little later. but if she takes her nap in the morning and is doing good the rest of the day i wouldn't worry about it. i have 3 boys and all 3 of them have been different.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
16 Feb 08
My son tends to go down for his nap at around 2-3 pm. He usually doesn't get up until 9 am or later, though. He sleeps for 2-3 hours and then is up for another 4 hours or so before he goes to bed for the night. If I could just get him to sleep all night, we would be in business! He doesn't want anyone up with him during the night, he just wants to get up and play with his toys. We tried cutting the naps shorter, and then completely out, but that just made him CRANKY and didn't help him sleep at night.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
16 Feb 08
I find it depends on what age they are and how much exercise they are getting! Mine took naps twice a day.
@altari (23)
• United States
15 Feb 08
Whatever works best for your child, I'd say. My 2 and 3 year old daughters wake up between 6:30 and 7AM and often don't nap until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. They sleep for 1.5-2 hours, then go to bed between 7 and 8. But my oldest, at that age, wouldn't wake up until 8AM, would take a nap from 11AM to 2 or 3PM, then be awake until 10PM. Whatever works, I guess.
• United States
15 Feb 08
I don't see the problem. She might get restless during the last stretch of her night sleep and need to go back to bed shortly after. My 11 month old still takes two naps her first is only 1 1/2 hrs after she wakes, which most think is weird. However, as hard as I try my 3 year old doesn't take a nap most of the time. I think it depends on the kid.
@shannon76 (1234)
• United States
15 Feb 08
Depends on the age of the child and what works best for your family. When my son was younger and taking two naps a day, he would nap after about 3 hours of being awake, then eat lunch and play for like an hour, then he would nap again. When he was still on the bottle, he was also taking a third nap right after dinner but before bed! He would literally just wake for a bottle then go back to bed!