Does your child take an afternoon nap?

@grkelly (1218)
Malta
June 18, 2010 8:16am CST
I am so relieved when at about 1 in the afternoon my child feels sleepy and I take her to bed. She usually sleeps about 2 hours. I have the chance to take a break, do housework or when I feel tired occassionally take a nap as well. Does your kid sleep in the afternoon? I know of some kids who are still toddlers who don't. I would not like it that way. Both the child and the parent needs a little break. Some people say that once the child starts to go to school the nap will cease, did that happen in your case?
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• Philippines
19 Jun 10
My daughter is 2yrs old and 3 months, she naps twice a day... Usually in the morning at around 11, that will take an hour, then in the afternoon around 3 or 4, takes to 2-3 hours... It's really essential to establish a good nap-time routine,works for me and my baby, life is much easier for me as a full time mom, have time to do my household chores, if i still have spare-time when she's asleep, I'm able to earn extra money online like mylot. And she usually wakes up happy, talking and in good mood. yeah i guess when she starts to go to school it will be a different situation. i just hope she won't fall asleep while at class in the afternoon(lol).
@grkelly (1218)
• Malta
19 Jun 10
I fear that too, because at school they will get tired with all te stuff and runnign about. Plus they have to be waked up earlier in the morning. When i was a kid i used to have a teacher who gave us nap time in class. We laid our head on the table and 'slept' for 15 minutes or so. I think it was a good idea.
• Philippines
19 Jun 10
I guess it will be hard at first but sooner they can adjust to the daily routine. Usually for prep schools they include nap time for their pupils. I feel excited at the same time a little worried when time comes she starts schooling. All the best.
@reene0225 (352)
• United States
18 Jun 10
Yes my son takes an afternoon nap everyday. Of course he's only 3 months old so it's quite normal for him to take several naps a day. It's very nice when he does take a nap as it gives me a chance to do what I'd like to do. Housework gets done or just time to myself. My friend has a 4 year old daughter and she refuses to take naps. She can't get her to take a nap for anything.
@grkelly (1218)
• Malta
19 Jun 10
It is someting that cannot be forced, probably she just is not sleepy or tired enough. A nap is healthy though as it is refreshing.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
18 Jun 10
Hi, grkelly. Yes, my kids take naps. Especially my three year old daughter. She will take a nap for about 4 hour sometimes. I know that it is long but it is usually in the earlier day time. My son may take a three hour nap too. My oldest daughter will take a nap for about an hour then she will wake back up. I think that a child may be tired when they come home from school. By that time that are so tired out from being in school. Not taking a nap, helps them to sleep more longer once they go to sleep for bed time at night.
@grkelly (1218)
• Malta
19 Jun 10
I had problems when my child was still a baby till about 20 months. She used to wake up several times at night. Now she usually sleeps for 2 hrs in the afternoon and then sleeeps from 10pm to 7am and usually wakes up at most 2 times usually to have a sip of water or just for her soother. I think it is quite a healthy routine. 3hrs and 4hrs is a long time for a nap but as long as they are happy and they still sleep at night it is for their best probably.
@icegermany (2524)
• India
18 Jun 10
i really want my child to take a nap in the afternoons, yes it is really a break time and we can also relax but most of the times for me it is the time to finish all my housework as whole day i am busy with the kids and have a lot of pending work and also cooking. usually when the child grows up they dont sleep and it is the case with me also but i always try as much as i can to put them sleep. and now my elder son is going to his school and need to get up early in the morning so i put him asleep afternoons as he would be tired and my younger one also i make him sleep at the sametime i know sometimes its not going to happen that both sleep at the same time but i always try to do so.
@grkelly (1218)
• Malta
19 Jun 10
yes i agree with you. i hope that when my child starts school the nap will still be present in the routine. after all after school she should be tired.
• United States
22 Jun 10
I think my oldest stopped napping around 3. My Middle is still a napper @ almost 5 and the lil guy still naps but he's a toddler so there ya go. I'm hoping though w/ my middle starting Kindy in fall that she can manage to stay awake til bedtime 5-8pm naps aren't much fun but sometimes she'll just crawl back into bed if everyone else is in bed when she wakes up. I just wish they'd all take a nap at the same time so MOM can take a nap!
• Netherlands
21 Jun 10
My child does sleep around noon but at first she slept 2-3 hours and now only 1 hour, which I really have to get used to myself. She is 18 months old by the way
20 Jun 10
My 2 1/2 year old daughter regularly has a sleep in the afternoons between a 1 to 2 hour sleep though this is not every day. I know some parents who go out and insist on being home in time for their childs nap though I feel you can not live like that. If my daughter doesnt have a sleep either she gets grumpy by about 4.00 or she simply falls asleep earlier than her usual bedtime. When she wakes from her nap she is much happier and therefore so am I and it gives me time to get on with things I need to do though I take it from my daughter if she looks tired. Some days she is fine though.
@shaggin (25306)
• United States
19 Jun 10
My daughter stopped taking naps before she turned 2. Sometimes if I laid down with her I could get her to fall asleep but not very often. If she was sick she would take naps. My sons the same way. He wont take a nap if his sisters home to play with or if I was babysitting and any other kids were here. If the house was silent and he knew he wasent missing anything he would take a nap. But now that my daughters home from school for the summer I dont even bother trying to get him down for a nap because I know it just wont happen. Oh well if he doesnt take a nap then he sleeps longer at night. I really do miss that break I got while he was napping though. I could clean or nap as well.
@airasheila (5460)
• Philippines
19 Jun 10
Good day Grkelly, I am not yet a mother but, I usually take cares my nephew and niece. Just like you, I always see to it that they will take an afternoon nap. It is not a big deal if they are going to school now a days since their school timings is on the morning. And still they have a time for a nap in the afternoon. Aside from that, having a nap at least an hour is quite different because it promotes a revitalise healthy body.
@rosie230 (1675)
19 Jun 10
My little man is almost 16 months old now, and he is in a routine where he will have his nap between 10 and 11... depending on how early he wakes up in the morning. Generally though he wakes around 7am from his nights sleep and then goes down for his nap at around 10-10.30am (ish). He will then sleep for maybe 1 and 1/2 hours to 2 hours. In that time I either do the housework, or come here and have my time to spend here on My Lot LOL! It is just nice to have some quiet time for me, as he is very active, and after he has had this morning nap, he will then be on the go all day, until 7.00pm, which is when I put him down for his night-time sleep. I find it nice because he will then sleep right through the night, as he is completely tired out from all the running around he has done throughout the day, and I can relax, and have a good sleep also at night. I think that routine is extremely important from the start of the life of a new born baby, and it is routine that my little man knows and is used to, so I find it a blessing. If a child is not routines, I think they become confused, and then that leads to having problems with sleep patterns.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
19 Jun 10
We generally ensure that our kid takes an afternoon nap. It is good for him else around 7:00 in the evening he starts feeling sleepy and is a bit irritated till he goes to the bed. Of course, off late he does not want to take the afternoon nap and instead play around the house, but we still make him sleep. Cheers! Ram
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
All my kids, ages, 11, 9,3 years old and 3 months old, are very active. Whether they like it or not, they all feel sleepy during the afternoon. Maybe, all the activities during the day make their body exhausted. Even those who go to school and it takes a lot of effort in their part to stay awake4 w1hile classes are going on. However, my 3 year old daughter would not want to go to bed without me.She'd rather not sleep (fighting the urge to doze off by playing any sort of stuff) than sleep all by herself. This is sometimes difficult for me because I've to do other things while she and her baby sister take a nap. Thing is, she and the baby are both suckling.;-)
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
18 Jun 10
I do not have a toddler, my son has school now. When my children were toddlers, I also always wanted my kids nap, so I can break or finish the job, but sometimes very difficult to make my child take a nap. Sometimes I also go to sleep when my child to sleep. I think all mothers experience the same thing.