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janetc
janetc asks:
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How do you get a three year old child to take a nap when he says no?

In Topics: Sleep and rest
> 60 days ago

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Danielle
Danielle , Parent writes:
Even if your child will not willingly take a nap, it's important to have "quiet time". He can stay in his room with a pile of books, or a story CD, or soft music, and relax in bed. Sometimes kids will fall asleep when distracted. Either way, it will give his body some time to relax, which is important.
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Dr.Monika
Dr.Monika , Child Professional writes:
Somewhere between 3 and 4 years of age, children begin to give up naps.  That is a normal part of growing up; however, even though your child may not want to nap, he still needs to rest during the day.  You can help him recharge his energy by starting a daily ritual of a quiet time after lunch.  To help him understand the length of the quiet time, set a timer, and let him know that his activity will end when the timer goes off.  

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