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Most toddlers transition from two naps to one nap a day by 18 months. Naps then gradually taper off over the next couple of years. By age 5, most children no longer take a regular nap. Your child’s sleep needs a change from age 1 to age 3. At age 1, your child may still be on a schedule of napping twice a day, but by age 2, many toddlers transition to just one daytime nap.

2  That nap may get shorter or disappear altogether by your child’s third birthday. Let the Morning Nap Drop Out Naturally. For most children, the morning nap drops out by 12 to 18 months because they need less sleep. “Let this happen on its own,” Shubin says.

Most toddlers chuck their naps completely when they’re between 3 and 4 years old without a backward glance (you, on the other hand, are probably looking back quite wistfully); other kids savor their siesta until well into kindergarten. However, in the first year, he may take naps five or six times a day or just twice a day. If you are wondering when he will stop napping, then the answer is between 3 and 4 years of age.

Toddlers don’t need the extra sleep time by the age of three or four. 5. If your child isn’t getting enough sleep at night, he will most likely need that mid-day siesta.

But if he is getting solid sleep at night (11-12 hours +) you can feel confident that he is ok without a nap. 3. He doesn’t actually fall asleep during a nap attempt. Most children under the age of 1 take two naps a day — usually one in the morning and another in the afternoon. By 18 months, most have given up the morning nap but still need an afternoon snooze to make it through dinner without a meltdown.

Even when you’ve kissed the morning nap goodbye, your toddler’s likely to continue needing her afternoon nap for quite some time. Some toddlers stop napping by age 2-3, while other kids will continue to need naps past age 5! However, the average age for kids to stop napping is sometime between age 3 and 4. 3 Signs Your Child is Ready to Stop Napping Obviously, the window of time in which that transition from one nap to no naps can happen is a BIG window. There’s plenty of variability here, but around 18 months, many toddlers will drop down to one nap a day. Ideally, the total nap time should be less than three hours, or it may disrupt the baby’s nighttime sleep.

Toddlers in daycare will usually have a scheduled afternoon nap. According to Dr. Weissbluth, most children begin dropping their naps by the age of 6 years.

The process can begin as early as 3 years old, though it’s more likely to take a longer time. Your child might continue to sleep four or five days a week, but not need a nap every day.

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For example, if your child is routinely waking at 6 a.m. and can comfortably remain awake for 2 hours until nap #1, you can peg nap #1 at 8 a.m. Nap #1 is often the first to fall into a predictable duration.

“Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents” by Alexis Dubief
from Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents
by Alexis Dubief
Lomhara Press, 2017

Early Childhood Toddlers need approximately 12 to 14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period, and most toddlers transition to one nap at approximately 18 to 22 months of age (National Sleep Foundation, 2017).

“Burns' Pediatric Primary Care E-Book” by Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, Nancy Barber Starr, Margaret A. Brady, Nan M. Gaylord, Martha Driessnack, Karen Duderstadt
from Burns’ Pediatric Primary Care E-Book
by Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, Nancy Barber Starr, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

At about age three, children begin to nap just once a day, in the afternoon, and by age four or five they tend to stop napping altogether.

“The Melatonin Miracle: Nature's Age-Reversing, Disease-Fighting, Sex-Enhancing Hormone” by Walter Pierpaoli, William Regelson, Carol Colman
from The Melatonin Miracle: Nature’s Age-Reversing, Disease-Fighting, Sex-Enhancing Hormone
by Walter Pierpaoli, William Regelson, Carol Colman
Pocket Books, 1996

The morning nap is generally given up between 12 and 24 months, but the afternoon nap may persist until the child is 4 or 5 years old.

“Pediatric Primary Care E-Book” by Catherine E. Burns, Ardys M. Dunn, Margaret A. Brady, Nancy Barber Starr, Catherine G. Blosser, Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks
from Pediatric Primary Care E-Book
by Catherine E. Burns, Ardys M. Dunn, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Total daily sleep duration declines from an average of 13.2 hours at age 2 to 11.8 hours at age 4.7 Daytime napping diminishes to a single daytime nap during the second year of life, and most children stop regular daytime naps after about age 3.

“Sleep Disorders Medicine E-Book: Basic Science, Technical Considerations, and Clinical Aspects” by Sudhansu Chokroverty
from Sleep Disorders Medicine E-Book: Basic Science, Technical Considerations, and Clinical Aspects
by Sudhansu Chokroverty
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

By 6 months of age, infants typically nap twice during the day and sleep approximately 10 h at night (Mindell et al., 2016).

“Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan” by Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska
from Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan
by Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska
Springer International Publishing, 2018

Atthis age, most children sleep between 12 and 14 hours per day.So if he’s taking a 2­hour nap in the afternoon, he should sleep at least 10 to 12 hours at night.

“Your Baby's First Year For Dummies” by James Gaylord, Michelle Hagen
from Your Baby’s First Year For Dummies
by James Gaylord, Michelle Hagen
Wiley, 2011

By 6 months of age, most babies will sleep through the night for 12 hours or more and continue to take daytime naps (Hanrahan, 2006).

“Child Development” by Laura E. Levine, Joyce Munsch
from Child Development
by Laura E. Levine, Joyce Munsch
SAGE Publications, 2013

Although some babies start sleeping in stretches of up to 10 hours as early as six weeks of age, most continue to wake at night until they are six to twelve months or older.

“The Nursing Mother's Companion” by Ruth A. Lawrence, Kathleen Huggins
from The Nursing Mother’s Companion
by Ruth A. Lawrence, Kathleen Huggins
Harvard Common Press, 2005

By age 18 months, most toddlers have given up their morning nap and are taking one long afternoon nap of 1.5 to 3 hours.

“A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep: Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems” by Jodi A. Mindell, Judith A. Owens
from A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep: Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems
by Jodi A. Mindell, Judith A. Owens
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

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  • This has helped. My daughter is 2.5 now and for the last week she won’t nap. She acts tired but will end up just sitting up in her bed. Perhaps she’s ready to drop the nap. I like the idea of her having quiet time alone

  • This was great advice for me! My daughter will be 3 in a few months and I think she’s ready to quit the naps already. Thank you! Tomorrow we’ll try out quiet time!:)

  • I love the variation of tips. My 2.5 year old goes to bed at 7 or 8 every night and consistently wakes at 4:30 5pm and I am starting to wonder if we need to remove his naps in hopes of those two hours taking on to the end of his night sleep.

  • Hi Dana,I need your help please!! my toddler is 2 years and 4 months,lately he starts to wake up twice at night time looking for his bottle of milk,and insists to sleep in my bed,he does not like his crib anymore!! he takes his nap at 2:30 in the afternoon till 4. I put him in bed once he takes his dinner at 9,he doesn’t go to day care yet and still on diapers.how can I stop him from waking me up during night time bed and asking sometimes three times a night for milk,I’m exausted,can’t get enough sleep,yesterday he cried for almost one hour asking me to move him from the crib to my bed but I didn’t want to,so he cried until finally slept in his crib,PS: my husband gets up everyday at 5 for work,can’t get enough sleep of having our son waking us up 2 to 3 times every night!!

  • So true that it varies. I have 6 children and while my first three dropped their naps by 2.5 years old, my fourth needed to nap till he was almost 5! Now my fifth is just about to drop his nap and he is in that 2.5 range like his older brothers. I find I am sad to lose the “break” but also excited to look forward to an earlier bedtime without a big battle! Thanks for the reminder of that part. 

  • hI my name is Jennifer and I have 2 boys that sleep in the same room ages 2 and 4  H ow can I  get my 4 year old to lay down when my 2 year old is trying to nap  when my 4 year old is not in pre school it is hard trying to get my boys to nap but when my 4 year old is not home my 2 year old while nap what should I do?

  • I do not homeschool, do you homeschool? I don’t think I would have the patience to do this, but I know for some families it works out great! Also, I’m very bad a math!

  • I don’t homeschool I really admire people who can make that work but don’t think I ever could! Four of my five kids are in school (one in preschool). My youngest, my almost 2-year-old, is still at home with me.