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- Sleepy Time
- How do I know how much sleep my child needs at different ages?
- When should my baby sleep through the night without a feeding?
- When can my baby sleep without a hat or without being swaddled?
- I know babies are supposed to sleep on their backs, but mine keeps turning over on his tummy. What should I do?
- How do I know when to take the bumper pad and mobile off a crib?
- When can my child sleep with a blanket?
- When can my child sleep with a stuffed animal or doll?
- How do I know when my child is ready to go to sleep without a bedtime bottle or nursing?
- Is there a certain age when my child will stop needing a nap?
- When is it safe to turn off the baby monitor?
Is there a certain age when my child will stop needing a nap?
Just as all children are different, they vary widely in when they drop their daytime sleeping. "Some active 1-year-olds are already not napping (or substituting quick 'cat naps' instead) while some 5-year-olds are still sleeping after their morning kindergarten," says Dr. Sadler. "If provided a consistently structured day, however, most children are pretty good about getting the sleep they need. For the child who truly needs the sleep and isn't getting it, behavioral clues are crankiness, low energy or lack of focus."