3 doctors weighed in:
Is it normal for young children to stop needing naps?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
The need for naps varies considerably across children, along with the overall trend of decreasing need over time.
Total sleep over the day is the key. Trouble is those who fight taking naps divide broadly into those who really need one and those who don't. In general, toddlers benefit from an afternoon nap; if it's a struggle, look at ways of making it more routine and less of a battle.

In brief: Varies
The need for naps varies considerably across children, along with the overall trend of decreasing need over time.
Total sleep over the day is the key. Trouble is those who fight taking naps divide broadly into those who really need one and those who don't. In general, toddlers benefit from an afternoon nap; if it's a struggle, look at ways of making it more routine and less of a battle.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
13 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors