From the day we bring our newborn home, they take unlimited naps. Their little bodies are still developing, therefore the body needs a large amount of sleep each day and night. Sleep is a great thing, and gets us energized for the next day. Although, how do we know when to cut back on our child’s naps? At what age should they stop taking them, or at least only take one per day? We don’t want our children to sleep the day away if they don’t need to. For answers, continue reading below!
When do the morning naps stop? –
So your little one will sleep through the entire night, but in a few hours, they will need another morning nap. This is common for all babies, but usually ends at the age of two years old. Two year-olds will still need to take an afternoon nap though so they can get through the day.
When does napping stop completely? –
Every child is different, is growing at a different pace, and therefore they will stop napping at a different time. About 1/4 of toddlers will stop napping by age three. Although the majority (1/2) of toddlers will stop napping at age 3.5-4 years old. This leaves another 1/4 of toddlers to stop napping at the age of 5-6 years old. There is a big difference between these ages, but it is best to ask your doctor what they recommend for your child specifically.
NOTE: A child that doesn’t take a daily nap will find they are more tired some days than others, and require an afternoon nap. Also, it is best that your child gets around 11-12 hours each day! If your child isn’t meeting this time frame, you may want to consider a nap throughout the day.
As you can see, all children are different and require something different. These are the average ages children break their napping habits. Although, as stated earlier, if you’re completely unsure of where your child is at consider talking to a pediatrician for answers regarding just your child.