Does your child need a nap?

To snooze or not to snooze? Here are some signs that your toddler still needs a daily nap.

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There is a difference between a toddler who needs a nap and a toddler who would benfit from a nap. If your toddler falls in the ‘need’ category, then it’s worth ensuring he has his daily sleep.

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  • He responds in a positive or neutral way to naptime and falls asleep easily.
  • He resists the idea of a nap but eventually falls asleep and sleeps an hour or longer. He wakes up in the morning in a good mood but gets whiny and cranky as the day progresses.
  • He has more patience early in the day but is more easily aggravated later on.
  • He cries more often or more easily in the evening than he does early in the day.
  • He shows a deterioration in his coordination over the course of the day, for example he begins falling down more, can’t manage a puzzle as well or has trouble pulling up his trousers.
  • He shows tired signs in the afternoon or early evening such as yawning, rubbing his eyes, a slump in energy, or looking slightly glazed.
  • Late in the day, he becomes wired up or hyperactive and won’t settle down easily.
  • He often falls asleep in the car or when watching a movie.
  • When he misses his nap, the night’s sleep that follows is disrupted and he wakes up grumpy.

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