You probably don't even want to think about the day when your toddler no longer naps in the day. But there might be a little part of you wondering, when do toddlers stop napping?
Whatever you use your tots nap times for, whether it's to finish off some house work, catch up on work emails or even take a nap yourself, saying goodbye to those precious few hours can be difficult.
When do toddlers stop napping?
Every toddler is different, but you might find that your toddler cuts down the amount of time they nap for between one and two years old. Your toddler has a lot more energy to burn, so that midday nap is often the extra push they need to make it to the bedroom with fewer tantrums. But sadly, by the age of four, your toddler will have probably stopped nap time altogether.
How do you know when your toddler is done with nap time?
When you suggest your tot goes for a nap, they might already be telling you that they don't want one (even though they're fast asleep the moment their head touches the pillow). This is the most obvious sign that your toddler really is done with their naps.
If you find that your toddler copes just fine if they miss a nap, and they don't seem grumpy or exhausted, it might be worth skipping your toddler's scheduled nap time to every other day.
Other signs that your toddler is ready to give up their nap time is when it takes them longer to fall asleep than they actually nap for, which also results in your tot not wanting to go to bed while late either - and nobody wants a toddler up hours after their bedtime!
How do you manage without a nap?
When your toddler is awake from the crack of dawn until they finally give in at bedtime, it can cause tantrums, over tiredness and it can be difficult for your tot to adjust to their new routine. Here are five ways to help your little one (and you) make the day easier with no nap!
1) Start your day earlier
Don't worry, we don't mean you have to get up an hour earlier than normal! Try and get as many of your jobs ticked off earlier on in your day. Your toddler may get a little grumpy in the afternoons if they aren't having a nap, (especially at first), which might make getting any jobs done a lot harder.