When my textbook sleeper began taking longer and longer and longer to fall asleep at nap time, I persisted with iron-clad determination.
She would sleep.
I had worked so hard to get my then 18-month-old and two-and-a-half-year-old to nap at the same time.
This reprieve in my day was my refuel time. I could get some things done, eat lunch uninterrupted, or nap with them. My son was a terrible sleeper and so I needed all the downtime my day could afford.
Moreover, I was pretty sure kids were supposed to nap until, like, five anyways. There’s no way my toddler was ready to give up her nap! Okay, yes, I knew I hadn’t been napping when I went off to preschool. Yet, I remained hopeful that maybe there was a research to suggest that kids needed to nap until at least grade school, if not longer…
After way too long of desperately trying to get her to sleep, and after a few missed naps and a grouchy girl, I messaged one of my good friends, a Certified Sleep Sense Consultant, and asked what on earth to do. I will admit, I hoped for a few insightful tips to get her naps back. What I got back was that it was very clear at a few months shy of three, she was ready to give them up. I had to ask Chelsea, ‘If she’s ready, why is she so temperamental without one?’ Chelsea assured me this was normal, and to facilitate quiet down time with a carb-rich snack such as fruit or bread to give her energy.
So, When Should Your Toddler Stop Napping? A Sleep Consultant Weighs In
It’s a question I am asked often, ‘Is my toddler ready to stop napping?‘ I know they want to hear a ‘No’ from me. Many parents, myself included, enjoy the 2-hour break when their toddler snoozes away. They can get things done. But we can’t deny the signs that our toddler is ready to stop napping. – Chelsea, the sleep consultant
There are two signs to look for when decided your child is ready to stop napping.