Is your child really ready to give up his daytime snooze? Not yet -- but it may be time to tweak his routine. "Kids typically start to give up napping around age 2 1/2 or 3," says Parents advisor Judith Owens, MD, director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital, in Providence. Yet even if your child is starting to say no to naps, it doesn't mean she's ready to quit them cold turkey -- kids' napping needs are in flux until around age 5.
Bedtime problems can crop up during your child's second year for many reasons, including developmental changes, teething, separation anxiety, and fear of the dark. Knowing how to respond can keep your nightmares to a minimum.