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Old 03-27-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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What are your thoughts on a 4 yo girl waking at 6:30am, nap from 12 to 2 then in bed at 8:30pm? Do you think a child that old requires a 2 hour nap everyday? I know every kid is different but....
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young children require at least 12 hours sleep ... therefore I would say that was the minimum for a child of that age with that schedule ... but .. as you say .. every one is different
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Most kids give up naps totally by 4 or 5. DS no longer needed one at 4, and DD gave them up at 3.
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My son is just about 5, and he's never really needed naps.

I would see the 2 hour nap as a blessing for you go go have some peace and quiet. :-)
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Our four year old daugther takes naps a school every day but it became a battle to get her to do it during the weekend. If she doesn't get a nap she starts getting cranky around 5pm and ends up getting in trouble from not listening.

So instead of nap time we now call it quiet time. She doesn't have to go to sleep but she has to hang out in bed while checking out some books or coloring. She falls asleep about half the time.
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So instead of nap time we now call it quiet time. She doesn't have to go to sleep but she has to hang out in bed while checking out some books or coloring. She falls asleep about half the time.
This approach worked well my my DD. However, she still gave up naps at 3. I stopped fighting it when she was unable to sleep through the night if she napped during the day.
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I dunno. I mean if she's getting up at 630, she may just need that two hours of sleep. maybe when she comes closer to starting school change it up for her
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Our four year old daugther takes naps a school every day but it became a battle to get her to do it during the weekend. If she doesn't get a nap she starts getting cranky around 5pm and ends up getting in trouble from not listening.

So instead of nap time we now call it quiet time. She doesn't have to go to sleep but she has to hang out in bed while checking out some books or coloring. She falls asleep about half the time.
Thats what we do to. But we also don't get her up at 6:30am. Since we work from home she gets up around 7-7:30 on her own. Bedtime is still 8:30pm but she plays REALLY hard with her cousins. They have a fort with a slide you know. lol Just curious. Mom insists on a 2 hour nap. I dont think she always need one. An hour of quiet time does just as well with less fight. Thanks all.
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well does she go down fairly easy? Is she easy to put to bed? If yes then Bless those naps. My dd lost her last nap at 20 months old. She sleeps 12 hours at night though
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my son is 4 and doesnt nap anymore , my kids get up at 6 am no matter what time they go to bed so they go to bed at 7 and watch TV for an hour then to sleep
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