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How much sleep does a 3 year old need? Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
27th Apr '12

My daughter (age 3 and 5 months) has pretty much given up her afternoon nap. She used to nap about 3 hours in the afternoon. I know we need to start putting her to bed earlier because of this but I'm not sure what time it should be.



She currently goes to sleep around 9 most nights (we try to get her ready for bed around 8:30, but are usually a little late) and gets up around 6:30 on her own. The odd time she isn't awake, I usually need to wake her around 7 to get ready for the day.



I'd love to hear any ideas you have and how it works/worked in your house :D.
Thanks!

ashley noel [gav's here!] 2 kids; Rhode Island 6374 posts
27th Apr '12

My daughter is the exact same age. She dropped naps at 18 months. She sleeps from 730 to 630 and is up all day.

Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
27th Apr '12
Quoting ashley noel.:" My daughter is the exact same age. She dropped naps at 18 months. She sleeps from 730 to 630 and is up all day."


Wow, 18 months! I hope my 19 month old keeps napping for a while!



So, 11 hours works for your daughter, that sounds like a good amount of time.



I took a look at your information, our girls are just 6 days apart :D. I wanted to give birth at home with her (and possibly in the water) but it didn't work out and she was born in the hospital. I wanted to stay in the water when it was time to push but I couldn't communicate that (induced labour). My son was born in the water (at the hospital), I wish I could have used the AquaDoula we had set up at home so I could have moved around but it was still amazing :D.

usernametx Texas 19750 posts
27th Apr '12

Just watch her and you'll see when she's tired. Each child needs a different amount of sleep, and it can depend on a lot. Self regulation is very healthy, just be sensitive to when she's getting tired and encourage sleep when it feels like she needs it.



My son started skipping naps occasionally around 20 months, and has gone at least one day a week without napping since he was about 28 months. When he did nap, it was still for 3 hours. And at night, his sleep was affected as he'd cry. I found that he needed to be awake for at least 9.5 hours to be able to sleep through the night (rather than thinking he'd gone down for a late nap). At 32 months he only naps about twice a week, but it is still for 3 hours. However, he doesn't wake during the night so much like before, so i can tell he's more ready to drop the naps than a few months back. He gets 12-14 hours sleep per 24 hours.

ashley noel [gav's here!] 2 kids; Rhode Island 6374 posts
27th Apr '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Roe23:</b>" Wow, 18 months! I hope my 19 month old keeps napping for a while! So, 11 hours works for your daughter, ... [snip!] ... I wish I could have used the AquaDoula we had set up at home so I could have moved around but it was still amazing :D."</blockquote>




I wish my daughter still napped! Especially now that I'm pregnant... I wanna nap :(



Yay for close birthdays! :p

Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
27th Apr '12
Quoting Mama*AtoZ:" Just watch her and you'll see when she's tired. Each child needs a different amount of sleep, and it ... [snip!] ... like before, so i can tell he's more ready to drop the naps than a few months back. He gets 12-14 hours sleep per 24 hours. "


That's a good idea. Lately I've noticed that she's overtired when we start to put her to bed but I don't seem to notice until then and she's extra whinny in the mornings (but okay for most of the rest of the day).



I need to rethink the night time routine. Right now, I take my 19 month old up to bed starting at 7:30 and that includes nursing him for 15 - 20 minutes, then around 8 or so letting my daughter nurse while I watch TV with my husband. Oh well, I'm sure we'll find something that works.



Thanks :D.

usernametx Texas 19750 posts
27th Apr '12
Quoting ashley noel.:" My daughter is the exact same age. She dropped naps at 18 months. She sleeps from 730 to 630 and is up all day."


I had a long labour and home waterbirth too :)

Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
27th Apr '12
Quoting ashley noel.:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Roe23:</b>" Wow, 18 months! I hope my 19 month old keeps napping ... [snip!] ... I wish my daughter still napped! Especially now that I'm pregnant... I wanna nap :( Yay for close birthdays! :p"


My mom tells me that I stopped napping at 18 months and there are 26 months between me and my brother :(. I know I was very fortunate.

usernametx Texas 19750 posts
27th Apr '12
Quoting Roe23:" That's a good idea. Lately I've noticed that she's overtired when we start to put her to bed but I don't ... [snip!] ... so letting my daughter nurse while I watch TV with my husband. Oh well, I'm sure we'll find something that works. Thanks :D."


DS used to be really exact with his nap, it was always 4 hours after he woke up in the morning. Then it went to 4-5, and that was cool cos i knew how to plan around it (he had to nurse down in the dark). These days idk when or if he's gonna need to nap that day, at first it stressed me out, but lately i've just gone with the flow and entirely based it on what he seems to need at the time. It's made things much easier, and it often means we get a lot more done too. It hasn't made him get up any later in the day either, so it's worked well just following him.

ashley noel [gav's here!] 2 kids; Rhode Island 6374 posts
27th Apr '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mama*AtoZ:</b>" I had a long labour and home waterbirth too :)"</blockquote>




Ooh yay first one I've met o here lol. How long?

♛ Spectacular.#4 4 kids; Alabama 19636 posts
27th Apr '12

Well, my almost 4 year old and almost 2 year rarely EVER sleep! O_O I get SO lucky if they EVER nap... :(

usernametx Texas 19750 posts
27th Apr '12
Quoting ashley noel.:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mama*AtoZ:</b>" I had a long labour and home waterbirth too :)"</blockquote> Ooh yay first one I've met o here lol. How long?"


5 days on and off, then my waters broke and it was another 26 hours. Really mindblowing birth though, definitely go for the same again next time if i can.

ashley noel [gav's here!] 2 kids; Rhode Island 6374 posts
28th Apr '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mama*AtoZ:</b>" 5 days on and off, then my waters broke and it was another 26 hours. Really mindblowing birth though, definitely go for the same again next time if i can."</blockquote>




That's crazy long! I would have died lol

usernametx Texas 19750 posts
29th Apr '12
Quoting ashley noel.:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mama*AtoZ:</b>" 5 days on and off, then my waters broke and ... [snip!] ... though, definitely go for the same again next time if i can."</blockquote> That's crazy long! I would have died lol"


haha i probably thought i was going to. It was on and off though, it was just the last 26 that were active labour and only 20 of it was really intense. I found it life changing, without sounding stupid it took me to a new level spiritually and gave me a deep awareness and confidence in myself. I'm really glad i went through that, it healed me of a lot of things and gave me so much strength :)