This morning, your child stripped your bed to build a fort. Then, at lunchtime, your budding artist painted the table and wall with pasta sauce. But you didn’t bat an eye, because your pride and joy will be peacefully asleep for two hours this afternoon, and that’s more than enough time to clean the kitchen, make the bed and even sneak in a power nap yourself.
But what happens when your child declares a ban on midday slumber? It’s a hard pill to swallow, but alas, kids don’t nap forever. Your child’s temperament, activity level and nighttime sleep are all factors that influence when that nap will be dropped, but experts agree that most kids stop needing their nap between the ages of 4 and 5. So depending on your child’s age, your nap conundrum might call for acceptance. But don’t panic—the experts have some sage advice on how to make that transition smoother for you and your child.