How Long Should a 2-Year-Old Child Nap?

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While nap times vary by child, WebMD recommends that 2-year-old children have a nap that is anywhere from one to three and a half hours long, once during the day. This nap can be divided into two smaller naps throughout the day.

A child's nap time will vary from day to day depending on how tired the child is, according to Extended naps, or missed naps, typically cause a child to be irritable. Children will gradually lose their desire to nap as they get older, sleeping for shorter periods of time until they stop napping altogether; this usually occurs around age five or six. At that time, children typically get all the rest they need during regular sleeping hours.