At what age should children be cut down to only one nap ?

@Sissygrl (10914)
Canada
December 12, 2007 11:06am CST
My daughter and her friend i babysit seem to do better at night sleeping if they have only one nap halfway through the day. They are both about 17 months old. Is this enough sleep for them, and at what age did your children start taking only one nap ?
8 responses
13 Dec 07
I generally let my soon have as many as he needs. Sometimes it's more busier than others and It's probably not what "people" would recommend but it suites us, as it keeps him happy and the naps are always in good times to do other things. Right now he's 18months old and has about two or one naps depending but sometimes its shorter and more. ~Joey
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Dec 07
Yea she usually naps only once, on a good day if she was up a lot through the night she will sleep twice in the day, but then the same thing will happen the next night, not a good night time sleep when i give her two naps through the day. I try to stick to one.
• United States
13 Dec 07
I think it is between 12 and 18 months that most kids give up the 2nd nap during the day. Our youngest is 20 months and is fighting naps all together. She still needs one but is refusing to take them most days. She is a monster to deal with. I think she is pretty much done with 2 naps now. I just hope she doesn't go the way my oldest did. She gave naps all together at 2 and hasn't had a regular nap since then. She is 7 now and drives me crazy. My 5yo still takes a nap most days. My 6yo son probably would if he wasn't in school all day.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
13 Dec 07
My mom said that i gave up naps REALLY early too, so i think my girlie girl here will probably go that way too.. She usually fights sleep unless i lay down with her then she's content and lays there till she passes out and then i can get up and go about my buisiness.
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
12 Dec 07
At this age children need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day, including night and naps. If your daughter seems ok with only one nap, and is not icredibly cranky or miserable, she is probably ready to cut it down to one nap a day. I think most make the switch between 12 and 18 months. My son is 14 months, and is in the process of making the transition. Some days he naps only once, other days he naps twice. On the days he has one nap, I put him to bed a little earlier, maybe 20 or 30 minutes earlier, because he gets pretty cranky by evening. Let your daughter be your guide. If she seems to be well rested and doing well with one nap, then that's great.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
12 Dec 07
Thanks sillychick, She definitly gets about that in sleep everyday, i put her down 8pm and she gets up at 7 am, and then we have a nap about noon, and its always at least an hour.
12 Dec 07
Just use your common sense - you know when a child isn't getting enough sleep because of the way they behave. Even adults benefit from afternoon naps, but if the child doesn't want to sleep there is no point forcing it on them
• United States
12 Dec 07
I never cut down on my cildren sleep time if they are sleepy than let them take a nap sleep will give you time for your self and I am sure that you need a little mommy time
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• United States
12 Dec 07
Im amom of three children ages 8-10. i believe naps should be stopped by the age 6 yrs,because they r getting ajusted to all day kindergarten and being up longer.if they get a nap when they get home,chances are they wont sleep well thru the night.
13 Dec 07
Depending on the childs sleeping pattern, its between 12-18 months old when children should have enough sleep with 1 midday nap and sleep longer at night. My son started to have one 2-3 hour nap in the middle of the day and then he sleeps at night when he was about 14 months old. He doesnt always sleep all the way through at night in his own bed, but near enough all the way through. I think by now he should be sleeping through the night better than he is, but its harder said than done. Things that work for some children don't work for him. It depends on your child, but if they only have one nap in the day time and seem content with it they will be ready to just have one nap. ~Joeys wife
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Dec 07
I think my oldest was about 18 months when he switched and my youngest was about 9 months when he went to one nap a day.. I wasn't ready for him to move on that fast, but if they wont sleep, you really can't force them (unfortunately) (: I think as long as they are happy, as long as they wake up happily, and sleep well at night, it's fine.. I on occasion check to make sure my kids fall w/in the norm. but What really is normal anyways? The amount of sleep a child needs, really is dependent upon that individual child, and you can usually tell if they need more (they are not great at hiding it..) (: