When do toddlers stop napping during the day?

October 28, 2020 3 mins read
When do toddlers stop napping during the day?

When do toddlers stop napping? Are you wondering whether your 3-year old should still be taking naps? Or whether it is normal when your 2-year old stops napping in the day?

Most toddlers will stop taking daily naps by the time they are 5 years old. But the end of toddler naptime truly depends on your child. Some children stop taking naps when they are between 2 and 3 years old, while others still take naps past the age of 5.

You know your child better than anyone else, which should make it easier to look for signs that your child is or isn’t ready to stop napping.

The importance of naptime for toddlers

Toddlers don’t only take naps to give their caregivers a break. Taking naps is important for their health and development. The benefits of naptime for children include:

  • Improving focus, alertness and memory
  • Preventing overtiredness during the day
  • Having more energy the rest of the day
  • Having a healthier immune system
  • Making it easier for children to get all the sleep they need
  • Improving mood

Toddlers need far more sleep than adults, which is a tough target to reach if you try to fit in all the hours overnight.

Signs your toddler is ready to stop napping

What are the signs you need to look out for to see when your toddler is ready to say goodbye to their daily nap?

  • They’re not tired during the day.
  • Taking naps makes it harder for them to sleep at night.
  • Your child no longer gets hyperactive, moody and irritable during the day.

Signs they are not ready to stop napping

If your child shows any of the following signs, it might be a good idea to keep toddler naptime in your daily schedule.

  • Your child still becomes sleepy during the day.
  • They fall asleep on their own, which can show they need some more rest.
  • Your child becomes irritable, emotional, moody and hyperactive, which can be a sign of being tired.

But what if your toddler shows signs of still needing their daily nap, but you struggle to get them to fall asleep? You can try natural remedies like creating a comfortable sleep environment, incorporating exercise into the daily family routine, using pillow sprays and limiting blue-light exposure.

You also want to set a regular naptime for each day. You could schedule their naps for 12pm or 1pm each day, which will allow them to get the sleep they need. (And give you a chance to watch a show that isn’t animated or get some work done!).

As you can see, there is no ideal time when toddlers should stop taking naps. It really depends on your individual child.

With your newfound knowledge of toddlers and napping, do you suspect your child is ready to stop taking naps? Or does the evidence suggest that they still need a daily nap?