Nap Schedule

Napping is very important for toddlers. But how do you know if your tot’s nap schedule is right for him or her?

Find answers to questions like: “When should my toddler nap?”, “How many naps should my toddler take per day?”, “How long should my toddler’s naps last?”, and “At what age do toddlers stop napping?”. Each child is different, but the general answers to these questions can help you decide on a napping schedule for your toddler that will make sure s/he gets enough sleep.

When Should My Toddler Nap?

Knowing what time a young child should sleep is very important in setting up a proper schedule. If your toddler still takes two naps per day, the best time for the first one is mid to late morning and the best time for the second nap is in the early afternoon.

When toddlers give up the morning nap, they will usually need the afternoon nap moved forward to slightly earlier in the day.

It’s important to schedule nap-time early enough in the afternoon that there is at least a 3 hour period of awake time for your toddler between waking up from a nap and going to bed.

How Many Naps Should a Toddler Take Per Day?

Up until around 18 months, a toddler’s sleep schedule will generally include two naps per day. After a year and a half, most children begin to transition to napping only once per day.

How Long Should a Nap Last?

The length of a nap can vary greatly. Some toddlers sleep for less than an hour. But traditional a toddler will sleep for 1 to 3 hours. Often as a child gets older, the naps get shorter.

At What Age Do Toddlers Give Up Napping?

Some toddlers will give up napping completely very early, and require an earlier bedtime. But most toddlers schedule will include napping once per day through the age of 3. Some children continue taking naps until they are 5 years old.

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