Posted in Behavior, Sleep, Preschoolers

Three year old tantrums

So my three year old recently starting refusing naps. It takes an hour to get her down for a nap if I do get one - and at that point I find it a waste of time. I can’t see fighting with her for an hour to sleep beneficial to her whatsoever. Most days she’s okey without a nap, we just lay her down for bed earlier now. But there are days when we’re home around what would be her nap time that she throws an hour long tantrum.. I don’t know how to find a happy medium. Any suggestions on how to find some common ground and squash these intense tantrums?

  • Eva
    Mar 12

    There are times my 3yo won’t nap(a week phase or something) and instead we do quiet time. Reading, MoshiTwilight, lights off, still in bed

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Mar 12

    My son stopped napping completely at around 3 years, 3 months. I would have preferred to get another year of naps out of him like a lot of other children but I came to terms with it and bumped up bedtime. He now goes to bed between 6:30 and 7 pm most nights. You can aim for “quiet time” where she can be in her room with her books or a toy but needs to be alone whether she falls asleep or not.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Mar 12

    I recommend quiet time as well. My first dropped at age 3 and 1 month, and my second isn’t three yet and he naps probably once every two weeks, rest time works wonders. Especially for me, pregnant, when my 1 yr old naps, my 4,2 yr old and me either snuggle up for a little tv or books, or I give them a quiet activity to do.

  • K
    Mar 12

    My baby boy stopped naps just before 2 -1/2. I adjusted his bedtime to be an hour earlier. He went to bed around 6:15. No fights, he was too tired! He does always need relaxing time in the afternoon.