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What do you think is a good age for kids to stop taking naps? My DD is 4, and she still takes a good 1 1/2 to 2 hour nap everyday. People look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them that. I think that kids that age totally still need that much sleep. Ladies???
I think it is when they do not need one anymore??? Ethan was taking naps in Kindergarten which the teacher thought was wierd. I mean he went from home and doing what he wanted to a full day schedule in a heartbeat. I was not suprised at all that he got wiped out. He now is the last to bed and the first one up ... go figure.
until my kids start school they will have a "quiet" period in the afternoon. Anthony falls asleep during this time about twice a week.
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)
Whenever he or she is ready. If a child is truly resisting naptime - screaming, crying, does not fall asleep even when made to stay in his room - and he isn't overtired by the end of the day... he no longer needs a nap.
In your situation (the OP), I'd say your four-year-old still needs a nap or at least benefits from taking one. There's no need to cut her naps just because she's four. (If anything, enjoy it! )
My son is just over 4 and he still takes a nap - usually at least an hour, sometimes an hour and a half. During that time, my daughter who is almost 7 has what we call Feet Off the Floor (F.O.F.) where she has to be on her bed. She doesn't have to nap, and most of the time she doesn't, but she colors or plays with a few small toys, usually while listening to some book on CD. This allows me some time to either take a quick nap or just have some alone time. (I homeschool, so I'm with them a lot!)
So far it's not interfered with his sleeping at night at all, so I assume that his body needs that amount of rest. I figure that he can switch from a nap to F.O.F when I can count on him to stay on his bed and entertain himself!
-- Lisa --
Wife to my best friend Troy, mom to Reilly and Declan