Does your kid sleep at noon time?

@nishdan01 (3054)
Singapore
November 25, 2009 3:22am CST
I have two sons. One is 9 months and the other is 31/2. I would prefer them to sleep at noon time. After lunch, I would take them to bedroom to sleep. If they sleep, I feel refreshing as I get some time to nap and also some time for myself for doing my stuff. At times, they would not sleep. Yesterday, was one such day and it was a tiring day for me. Kids these days have very active mind and that can cause them to be awake without sleeping. So should kids me made to sleep at noon time?
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15 responses
• United States
25 Nov 09
Yes! Kids need naps. A lot of the problems children have is because they are TIRED! They act out because they are tired and don't know how to express it to you. My son has a nap every day from about 12 to 2:30 or 3:00 and it does him wonders! Even if your child is "too old" to actually "nap," they should have a designated rest time where they either have to go to sleep, or read quietly in bed with a book or something, just to get some rest. This will also help with your kids' desire to read, learn and be more educated.
• Philippines
26 Nov 09
Hi there, giftofgod. When our children are babies, they sleep a lot. When they were older, they get tired of all the running and playing which make them sleep. It is a good thing to create a routine for sleep and play for the children. I believe I need to do that to create a balance of their activities. I noticed in the past when my children missed their afternoon naps, they were "short-tempered" and not behaving well.
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@salonga (27830)
• Philippines
26 Nov 09
How to put a child to sleep - By gently carrying him on your lap and stroking his hair and singing him a lullaby, the active child will be encouraged to sleep during noon time when they feel still so active and would rather want to play. Try it!
Taking a nap at noon time is a healthy practice to everyone. Even adults need this actually to be recharged after a whole morning affair. How much more with the ever active and still very much growing children. Hence I always compel my grandchildren to sleep during noon time. Of course if I will follow their will will, they would rather not. They would rather continue playing around and even dread going to the bedroom at noon because they know I would send them to sleep. But of course grandma knows best and they have to obey. Even if they were sometimes teary, they still would obey. And as they wake up, they are fresh and alive and ready to face the their active world again.
• Philippines
26 Nov 09
When my children were babies, they slept in the morning after a good refreshing bath and anytime they felt like it. When they were about a year older and above, they were more active and were awake most of the time. I let them sleep at noontime after lunch and stayed with them telling stories until they fell asleep. Sometimes, I didn't notice that I was quicker to fall asleep than them and they "escape to freedom", hahaha. My children regained their energy after our noontime naps and stored it for another set of hours running and playing.
25 Nov 09
Hi. I don't have kids myself but I asked my friend and she days her kids sleep all the time at noon no problem, right after a good meal. It suits her as she can have a peaceful lunch time!
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@advokatku (4036)
• Indonesia
25 Nov 09
I have 3 daughter, each home school, I always ask they for a nap. As usual I did was, after lunch, I immediately took them to her room. There I spend a little conversation about the learning activities in their schools and asked them to explain a little lesson on the day they get it. Usually, after they explained, naturally sleepy and fall asleep by themselves
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@jpso138 (7863)
• Philippines
28 Nov 09
When I was a child my mother always asked me to sleep at noon time. Usually a short nap. Most people say that its healthy for the child. Well now that I have a child already, me and my wife encourage him to sleep during noon time or usually in the afternoon. He is now 6 years old and though he may not be sleeping at noon time or taking a nap all the time, there are times that he does take a nap.
• Malawi
28 Nov 09
Mine sleeps between 9 am and 11 am then 2pm and 4pm. that's her routine.
@shaggin (49437)
• United States
26 Nov 09
My daughter never took a nap after she turned 2. I think it was well before that but I rememeber specifically at 2 there was no naps anymore for her. My son had stopped taking naps as well before he turned 2 but now he has gotten to be such a wild child that he tires him self out enough that I can get him to take a nap usually after lunch and he will sleep for around 2 hours. Its really nice for me to get that break. Sometimes I take a nap as well depending on how tired I am or I sit and do things on my computer or tidy up the house after all the messes he made while he was awake.
@eshaan (6193)
• India
26 Nov 09
The younger one is at the age when mostly all the children keep sleeping half the day...at least mine did so...but later when they grow up, they sleep less, but yes..till the time they dont go to school they should have the habit to sleep in the afternoon..i used to do the same...i took them with me to bed and then maybe i won't sleep, i fi had some work i used to complete in that free time..but now things have changed a lot..now mine have bigger older and now when they come from school tired from morning 6 to 2 pm they themselves lie down a bit in the afternoon and when they wake up they become busy in their studies...no time to even talk for enough time with them....the first 4-5 years are very much demanding for mothers
@rika999 (104)
• India
26 Nov 09
my only kid of aged 06 years, doesnot sleep more than 7 years but that is also at the night hours. it is quite impossible to make him sleep during afternoon hours .. beacause he use to play vedio games during tht hours.
• Indonesia
26 Nov 09
my daughter always sleep one-two hour everyday, but no exactly at noon time. sometimes at 10.30 or at 15.30. it's depend on what we have to do at that day. i think the kids not must to sleep.
• India
26 Nov 09
Yes, kids should be made to sleep during the noon time. When my son was a baby and then a toddler, it was mandatory for him to sleep after lunch. However, my mother-in-law looked after him while I was at office so many times he would not listen to his granny and play the whole afternoon…invariably, he would feel too sleepy in the evening and sometimes he would doze off before dinner (and you know how cranky kids become if you wake them up from sleep)…now my son is 10yrs old and its compulsory for him to sleep after lunch from 2pm to 5pm…it keeps him refreshed for his evening studies.
@madie8008 (209)
• Malaysia
26 Nov 09
Children are encouraged to have a noon time sleep so that they can take a rest and or so hyperactive during the day. While they are resting there are a lot of things that parents can do like cleaning the house or cooking. Children who are supposed to sleep are not encouraged to eat sugar like sweets because there will be a lot of energy to let go and their brain searching the way to remain active. that is why they don't like to sleep. One easy trick to make they want to sleep is by making they play all they want during the morning until they feel tired, and without trouble they will be laying on the floor, sleeping. I hope this will help.
@mawong79 (215)
• Malaysia
26 Nov 09
Normally at this age 9 months of babies take two to three daytime naps averaging about an hour an a half each.
@KompitaPita (2053)
• Bulgaria
26 Nov 09
Hello Nishdan. I have two year old son and he always sleep an hour, sometimes he sleeps three hours at noon time. Sometimes he don't want to go to bed, but I insist and he goes to bed. I think for the children noon sleep is important. I noticed that if he do not sleep at the noon time he became irritable.