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Toddler napping

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Created January 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM

I don't have kids yet but I am a nanny and I have been wondering about napping. The 14 month old takes a two hour nap every afternoon. I realize that newborns sleep constantly but after about a year are naps necessary? Anyone know what the toddler Grok's sleep schedule might have been? Would naps have been included or would he have slept longer nights instead?

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on March 09, 2013
at 01:47 PM

midday napping is the norm. A infant should sleep most of the time until about 3 months. The 90 minute sleep cycle is an interesting read.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:32 PM

+1 yes, i agree.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:28 PM

+1 yes, exactly.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:27 PM

+1 My 3 year old sleeps 12 hours at night and still takes a 2 hour nap most days

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:27 PM

+1 My 1 year old sleeps 13 hours at night and takes 2 1-1.5 hour naps per day.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:39 AM

I want to add that I have been nannying for quite a while and am fully informed on doctor recommendations for sleep for toddlers and typical toddler schedules. Those same doctors recommend starting babies on rice cereal though. I am curious as to whether anyone knows information on primal sleeping patterns for children or modern day hunter gather sleep.

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on January 18, 2013
at 02:50 AM

So you would say that the nap + 12 hours is necessary and a 14 hour night of sleep wouldn't suffice? I'm not trying to change this baby's sleep at all... I am just curious! Anyone know of the sleeping habits or current hunter gather children?

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on January 18, 2013
at 02:45 AM

Totally. 14 hours per day of sleep is the recommended amount for this age range. While every child is different, I have yet to care for one that hasn't needed at least 2 hours of sleep during the day at this age.

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on January 18, 2013
at 12:00 AM

Yes, the nap is necessary.

The 14 mo old should be napping midday for about 2h and sleeping 12 hours at night. (generally speaking).

Midday naps are probably very biologically appropriate (even for adults)

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on January 18, 2013
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+1 My 1 year old sleeps 13 hours at night and takes 2 1-1.5 hour naps per day.

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on January 18, 2013
at 02:45 AM

Totally. 14 hours per day of sleep is the recommended amount for this age range. While every child is different, I have yet to care for one that hasn't needed at least 2 hours of sleep during the day at this age.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on January 18, 2013
at 02:50 AM

So you would say that the nap + 12 hours is necessary and a 14 hour night of sleep wouldn't suffice? I'm not trying to change this baby's sleep at all... I am just curious! Anyone know of the sleeping habits or current hunter gather children?

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on January 18, 2013
at 12:17 AM

Some toddlers nap twice a day. In my experience,it seems most children give up their morning nap around 18 months. It is also not that unusual for children to continue to nap in the afternoon until age four or even five.

If s/he is falling asleep that readily and for that amount of time on a daily basis, trust me, the sleep is needed and very appropriate given the age.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:28 PM

+1 yes, exactly.

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on January 18, 2013
at 12:08 AM

Yes, they should be taking naps! My 3.5 year old still takes naps.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:27 PM

+1 My 3 year old sleeps 12 hours at night and still takes a 2 hour nap most days

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on January 18, 2013
at 12:12 AM

My girls took two naps until they were about 18mo old where they dropped down to one nap. My oldest napped until she turned 4!

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:32 PM

+1 yes, i agree.

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on October 08, 2014
at 06:41 AM

Well I am not a mother but hearing these words make me feel excited. I just love kids especially when the toddler naps, they look so innocent :)

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:31 PM

I agree with everyone above saying this is very normal. My youngest just turned 1 and she sleeps ~13 hours at night and still takes 2 naps (~1-1.5 hours each). She is a super happy baby whenever she is awake. My 3.5 year old sleeps 12 hours at night and still takes a 2 hour nap most days. She is also a very happy kid.

I think children's sleep is very counter-intuitive. The best quote I've heard is "the more they sleep, the more they sleep." When babies aren't sleeping well at night, our instinct is to keep them up later and tire them out so they sleep better. This is backwards. They don't sleep well at night when they are too tired. When either of our kids is having problems sleeping at night, we put them to bed EARLIER the next day as well as making sure they get good naps, and that usually fixes it. If you've ever been so tired it's hard to fall asleep, you should know the feeling, but it is magnified a lot for babies.

Also, when kids are tired, they often get hyper which again makes us think they aren't tired and need to be kept up longer/later.

Also - as to Grok, I imagine babies were probably strapped to the mothers for much of the day. From my experience, babies nap pretty well when strapped on. Also, I can imagine in certain climates, a nap for everyone during the hottest part of the day would have been appropriate.

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on January 18, 2013
at 03:24 PM

I would imagine that the age varied then as much as it does now. Some kids wean from their naps much earlier. Even between my two kids, my older weaned from her nap much earlier, my younger still takes a long afternoon nap, sometimes a morning one even and he is two.

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on January 18, 2013
at 02:54 AM

Sleep is healthy and so critical for proper brain development in children. Sleep deprivation in infancy/toddlerhood/childhood has been linked over and over again with numerous negative outcomes such as learning delays, emotional problems, etc.

I would recommend heading to the library and taking out a few books on child development as well as some books on babies and sleep- it's important to be informed on these things when you are caring for children and the information you acquire will be helpful in understanding their needs and behavior.

Also, if you are searching for the difference between modern sleep schedules and those of Grok I would say just look to indigenous cultures. Almost all wear their babies/sleep with their babies. I don't think the number of hours changes that much, since it is a biological need hardwired in children, but the ability for the children to reach the needed amount of sleep in a healthy way is where a big difference can be seen. (ex. CIO, sleep training, isolating in crib, set on a schedule, are all modern and in my opinion not best for the child). Children know what they needs, adults just forget how to listen and respond appropriately.

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on January 18, 2013
at 12:21 AM

Every child is different. My two boys are 15 months apart and the oldest was very resistant at taking an afternoon nap at two years old but the youngest was still taking naps at 5 years old. The only problem with taking naps (after a certain age of course) is that the child may not be able to go to sleep at a decent hour at night.

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on January 18, 2013
at 12:17 AM

In some (equatorial) countries, everyone naps in the afternoon. Unfortunately, my kids never napped after six months!

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