At what age do you stop children from taking a nap in the afternoon?
Lol, I still do in the hotter summer months, but then we do live in Spain where it is ingrained in it´s culture with the siesta, we do try to keep the air-con off for financial, health and energy issues, but there is nothing nicer than lying down in a cool darkish bedroom, awakening fresh as a daisy.
A few of mine naturally gave them up around 2. I stopped one around that same age because he was not going to bed at bedtime anymore and was staying up way too late. Some kids are more tired than others and require more sleep. But by age 3 I don't worry about naps anymore- a quick nap in the car is sufficient, so I don't plan around naptime like I do when they are very small. We still do have quiet time in our house though- 1 hour of playing quietly alone. Sleep, read, play- I need it and they need it.
But in short, I would stop them when it starts to interfere with going to sleep at night.
I'm 35 and my mom still calls me up everyday to make sure that I have taken my afternoon nap.
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