What is Your Child's Naptime Rules?

~ Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 10:12 AM ~

At 32 months old, Ben is still taking about 2 hours nap during the day time. I am so so so thankful for this as I get to relax a bit in that 2 hours.

But there are times when Ben was so playful and hyperactive that he refuses to take his nap when the time comes. I normally will tolerate for about half hour past his normal naptime (which was quite bad actually since he'll be awake at a later time) but anything past this hour will guarantee me forcing him awake until we have our dinner and then we'll let him sleep earlier at night to compensate for the missing daytime nap.

I remembered a few weeks ago, no matter how I coaxed him to sleep, Ben refused to take his nap. After a while, I  realised it was very very quiet in the room. I looked out for him and caught him lying on our spare mattress (which we used to block Alyson's playpen as there are some space between her playpen and our bed).

You know what I saw?

Ben fast asleep...

Since it was just half hour past his normal daytime nap, I gently carried him up and transferred him onto our bed and let him continue his nap.

So how about you? Do you have any rules on daytime nap for your child?

If you are in my situation, what will you do?

Do you wake your child up or let them continue sleeping?

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let them sleep la..siann penat main

Catheryn @ PinkBibs

Haha... this happens to Isabelle most of the time, went past her naptime and then suddenly, fell asleep.  We will let her continue to nap but only up to 30-40mins (usual nap 1.5 - 2 hours), then we will wake her up.  Otherwise, no peace till 1am!


Joseph naps about 1 hour to 2 hours a day. Sometimes he naps once and sometimes twice. The first nap is easier but the 2nd nap is the one where sometimes I have to force. Haha.

I'm like u also if he missed his nap then I will try to let him retire for the night earlier than usual. Yeah, will continue to let him sleep but won't let him sleep until too late.


"Never wake a sleeping child!" ☺ That's what my grandma always use to say. I'm a firm believer in naps...even now that my children are older. When they reached the point that they wanted to fight nap time, we established 'Quiet Time' in our home.

Each child had to go to their room at Quiet Time; and while they didn't have to sleep, they did have to stay in their room reading books or playing with soft toys. QT lasted about 1.5 hours, and most often, they'd fall asleep. If not, we'd have an earlier bed time that evening. QT gave them an opportunity to sleep if they wanted, and me a bit of time on my own during the day...very necessary for Momma to stay sane! LOL Smile

Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I say, "Do whatever works for your family." Smile


Getting the kids to nap is a constant challenge especially after they hit 1.5-2yo. I still force my kids to nap because they are usually very cranky by 6pm if they don't. And if they nap too late, they'll sleep too late at night too and it becomes a vicious cycle.


We have a set nap time for Bella and a quiet time for Sophie.  Both girls go to their rooms at noon. Bella generally falls asleep right away. Sophie has a clock with a dancing cow/sleeping cow on it. When the cow is "sleeping" she knows she needs to either be in bed or playing quietly. When the cow "dances" she can get up and come downstairs.  Works well for us Smile

Molly Minks

I have girl and boy twins that are 31 months old. They still take naps and sleep between two to three hours. I really need that time to myself so I can get caught up with everything. My son is starting to lay awake and play in his crib. His sister eventually falls asleep. He gets to loud or tries to wake her up so I quietly go in and tell him its quiet time. I think I would of done the same thing as you if I saw my son fall asleep. If it was an hour past nap time, then I would probably keep him up. Also, I think quiet time in his bed is still good. He doesn't have to fall asleep but just be quiet or read a book so you can have time to yourself.I love your article.

Dominique@Dominique's Desk

My kids also have problem napping..even the youngest.. I've given up forcing them to nap when they are not tired..as it would be more productive occupying them with more meaningful activities. They will nap when they are tired.


afternoon nap is very important. i forced them to take a nap when the clock's strike.


My son refuses to nap by the time he is TWO. Force and try as I might he still won't nap. It's always me ending up napping and when I wake up fifteen minutes later he is still playing on his own next to me -__-

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Thank you all for sharing your feedback! Smile

Joy Oostendarp

If I get my 1 year old to take even take a nap I'm ahead of the game!  I wouldn't dare wake her up Smile

Pardon My Poppet ~Pip Squeaks from the Mummy-verse!~

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hello Joy!
Thanks for visiting my humble blog and sharing your experience! And yes, even for a little while of nap, we're like being in heaven huh? Freedom!!!  Tong


My only rule is my son has to take a nap. will definitely try to let him nap around after lunch, like 2pm-4pm is the best time. but there are times when he's too active and can't nap, but will pengsan around 5pm and sleep till 7pm! I just let it be and very seldom will wake him up. He still goes to bed around 10.30pm at nights together with us though. There will be punishments for not wanting to nap, like no more going out etc. haha.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Leona!
Ben use to be like your boy! But once he reached 2 years old ,nap time moves from 2 to 3 then now to 4pm already! He sleeps around 11pm nowadays and wakes at 8 or 9am. Thx for sharing your feedback!

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