Is My Child Ready to Give Up Naps?

Is my child ready to give up naps? (Please say no!)
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ByDiane Bloomfield, MD, attending pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York
Mar 2017
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There’s no magical age at which naptime disappears, and some kids seem to drop the nap much sooner than others. Most two-year-olds do still need an afternoon nap, and even a three-year-old may rely on one to get through the afternoon without a meltdown.

If your toddler regularly doesn’t sleep, even when you routinely put her in a quiet place, she may indeed be ready to skip naptime. Just remember that young children need lots and lots of sleep —  up to 14 hours in most cases — to keep up their emotional and physical development. Even if she’s getting a full 8 p.m.-8 a.m. overnight snooze session, she may still need those extra two hours midday to be fully rested.

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