Posted in Milestones & Development, Sleep, Preschoolers

3Yr Old Sleep Habbits


How much sleep does your 3yr old get? We recently started experimenting with “quiet time,” rather than nap time. I have mixed feeling about it - on the plus my twins are going to bed around 7pm rather than 9. They also go down 100% easier and quicker. However, I’m worried they are not getting enough sleep ... they generally will wake up between 5 and 6 in the morning. They sometimes get cranky/tired in the afternoon but for the most part seem to do ok without the nap. I’ve tried reinstating nap time and it seems like now that they know they can get away without one they just won’t go down. Just curious as to what everyone else’s kids are doing at this age. I’ve also attempted to get them to sleep later in the morning but I usually need to be up at 5 for work ... and I think they hear me and get up.

  • Mrs. HHH
    Feb 07

    My 3yr old is definitely napping less. He may nap 3/7 days a week for 45-60min. Bedtime is 7 without nap, 7:30 with nap. Wake up time is 6:30 regardless of how late he was up the night before. I miss the days of daily 2hr naps!

  • Sarita
    Feb 07

    Mine same age still naps every day for an hour and goes to bed around 7:30p

  • Raychelle
    Feb 10

    Our 3.5 year old still naps every day for at least an hour & 1/2. He goes to school 5 days a week and they nap there so we just keep the routine on the weekends. Bed time during the week is no later than 8 pm. My son is very active and for his sanity, my sanity and the teachers- we push nap time!!

  • Caitlin
    Feb 17

    We went cold-turkey on naps at around 3... She now goes to bed at around 10 and is up at 7-8. Which works for us. We’re pretty anti-schedule, so we just let her go to bed when she’s tired and get up when she’s ready. Go by how your kid feels. That being said, on nights where we know she has to get up earlier, we lay her down way earlier. Listen to your kid’s body, not what they’re saying 😂 The “I’m not tired” game is real sometimes. And don’t be afraid to nap if they need it! Worst case scenario, they get some extra quiet time.