Audience Question – 3 Year Old Sleep Regression

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I received a fabulous question from one of my audience members;

Three year old Joe gets so overtired during the day, because he doesn’t nap anymore.   Should Mum reintroduce a day time nap, or should she bring bedtime forward?

Great question, three can be a tricky age.  Some children are ready to give up their day time naps, whilst other children still need a sleep in the day until they turn four, or even four and a half. ⁠ ⁠

This is a time when over-tiredness can creep in and build up. ⁠ ⁠

For Joe, reintroducing the nap is probably not the best move, but by all means if he nods off whilst out and about then let this happen as he may need it.  But there is no need to enforce a nap if he is not used to doing one.

Definitely go ahead with an earlier bedtime, early nights will be key here as the length of the day will be too long for him.  Lots of parents may worry that this may result in early rising, however this is not the case.  In fact, over tiredness is the main cause of early rising, so do not fear putting your little one down early!

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