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When will my child stop napping?

When do kids completely stop napping?
Submitted by Parents Team

Studies show that many children stop taking naps at around age 4, but some experts say that may be too soon. Daytime sleep remains important for kids during the preschool years and even throughout kindergarten. If your child falls asleep easily at naptime, it's a sign he still needs a daytime snooze. You'll know its time to stop if your child is consistently fidgety and restless at naptime, doesn't have meltdowns in the late afternoon when he misses his nap, or starts having trouble falling asleep at his regular bedtime on days he naps. --Rebecca R. Kahlenberg

Originally published in Parents magazine, November 2004. Updated 2009

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I agree that it depends on the child. It also depends how much sleep they got through the night before. I am the mother of 6 children (ages 3 to 17). Some nights my younger kids can sleep 12 hours and not need a nap. The next night they may only sleep 8 hours and will definately need a nap the next day. Do what you feel your child needs that day. ;o)
Submitted by 5 is a handful!
I think it really depends on the child. I have a 3 year old son who can go most days and be perfectly fine without a nap. My 7 year old daughter on the other hand gets a nap every day after school because if she doesn't we have full system meltdown before dinner. Just do what is best for you and your child each day on a day by day basis.
Submitted by galixieslm
I think it really depends on the child. I have a 3 year old son who can go most days and be perfectly fine without a nap. My 7 year old daughter on the other hand gets a nap every day after school because if she doesn't we have full system meltdown before dinner. Just do what is best for you and your child each day on a day by day basis.
Submitted by galixieslm
I think it really depends on the child. I have a 3 year old son who can go most days and be perfectly fine without a nap. My 7 year old daughter on the other hand gets a nap every day after school because if she doesn't we have full system meltdown before dinner. Just do what is best for you and your child each day on a day by day basis.
Submitted by galixieslm