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put my son into 2 kinderg... do you think it is a good idea?

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    5 year old DOES NOT need a nap during the day....i do agree that they need proper sleep, but that does NOT mean a nap.

    it is perfectly acceptable for a child to sleep from 7:30pm-6:30am and have enough sleep. most western kids (read north american) drop their naps by 3-3.5 years of age and just get all of their sleep at night. if my son had a nap, even 30 minutes during the day he would NOT be able to sleep at night and would be up until 10-11pm! uh huh, no way... not in my house.

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    sorry... missed a crucial word in my second sentence.....
    "i do agree that they need proper sleep, but that does NOT necessarily mean a nap."

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    sorry... missed a crucial word in my second sentence.....
    "i do agree that they need proper sleep, but that does NOT necessarily mean a nap."
    I am a specialist in Child Development and I am American, so a Westerner. My kids are over four years old and nap one hour a day and still sleep at 8pm. I guess it's because they were trained to and are used to it. Children need sleep during the day because their brains naturally get tired and need rest. A power nap is the best. Even for adults, if possible.

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    as per webmd.com

    a 5 year old needs between 10-12 hours of sleep per day.... says most children by the age of 3 have dropped their naps.
    a 5 year old does not NEED a nap, if he/she gets at least enough sleep at night.
    http://www.webmd.com/parenting/guide/sleep-children
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    I recently have had conversations about children's sleep with two pediatricians - one here and one in the US and both gave advice very similar to that Cara gives above. As most children are in full day school by age 4-5 it is quite normal (and absolutely fine) for naps to be dropped by that age (obviously provided that the child gets a good and full night's rest). Not saying that a nap is necessarily bad, but at least according to our doc, not at all a necessity for most 5 year olds.

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    Yes, a nap is not necessarily bad. It could only do good.

    It's definitely been good to my kids and students.

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    i didn't say naps were bad either... i was just contradicting your assertion that a 5 year old NEEDS a nap.

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