Is sleep necessary during the day for 2.8yr kid

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neeta 2009-08-20 17:44:22


It is becoming difficult to make my 2.8 yr daughter sleep during the day,

she becomes cranky and irritated if she does not sleep during the day and goes to sleep at odd hours 5:30 - 6:00pm on her own, then sleeps for 3 hours after which she gets up at 10:00 or 11:00pm and does not sleep before1:30am

 Is there a way I can make her sleep earlier or how can I make her sleep on her own? She is habituated to sleeping when somebody tells her a story.

How much sleep is necessary for a 2.8yr old, she gets up early in the morning by 6:30am, and her eyes become small and black around them if she does not get her sleep?

sripriya 2009-08-24 16:50:22


Hi Neeta,

It is essential for a 2.8 year old to sleep for 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day.Telling stories is an excellent way not only to make the child sleep,but also it improves the listening skills of the child.Other techniques include singing or even playing nursery rhymes which is quite educational as well as calming to sleep.Empty stomach is a reason for not getting sleep,so make sure that he/she has a nutritious lunch before  preparing for bed.


neeta 2009-08-24 21:35:16


Thanks Sripriya,

I feel my daughter is sleepy, but does not agree to go to bed, she would rather prefer to play till she is very sleepy and cant control her sleep.


Sumo 2009-08-25 08:53:09



Getting out of afternoon nap at 2.8 yrs is not unusual.  But the evening part is critical to manage, as I have also experienced with my daughter around that age.  What used to help me to push that sleep time later were these things: 

1)  Take her out to play to a park or places where there are other kids and she is kept active

2)  Call some of her friends home or take her to friend's places - create interesting play dates with planned activities so that she is not bored.

3) Key is to fight boredom at that time - between 5:30 and 6:30; then you can put some cartoon shows or do some quite games while giving dinner and then she could sleep after 7:30.  This way, she will sleep undisturbed till 6:30 or 7 in the morning.

It took us some time to get into this schedule - my daughter would get very cranky around 7pm; was a bit difficult but we stuck to this pattern (had a few casettes - rhymes and tom & jerry - that she used to love watching and I used to put them on everyday between 7 and 7:30) and it really worked well for all of us eventually.  From 2 years till 5 years, she used to be asleep by 8:30pm! 

Well, it is another story that after 5 yrs (& after I had my second one) the older one neither naps in afternoon nor goes to sleep till10pm:<.




shobha 2009-08-25 09:26:07


Hi neeta,

Every child is different, my older one never slept in the afternoons after 2 years. Instead, he would sleep early by about 7 p.m. and woke up at 7 a.m. He preferred getting his 12 hours of sleep straight up.

In the case of my younger one he absolutely needed the afternoon nap for about 2 hours then 10 hours of sleep after dinner.

As long as your child is active and fine (not fighting his/her sleep) in the afternoons, it should be okay. Just try to keep your child up till about 6.30/7 p.m.  Feed her the dinner. Don't let her get off the bed in the middle of her sleep. If it requires you to stay there till she falls back to sleep, feel free to do so. She will fall asleep in no time.

Hope it helps.



Balarama 2009-09-11 17:57:51



My son has not been sleeping in the afternoon since the time he started his nursery.The good thing is he hits bed by 10 pm & is up by 8 am.Seems to be following a schedule ..

Cheers .... Bala




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