How important is an afternoon nap for a toddler? I have a two year old son and he is very healthy and active. I've noticed lately that he is skipping he's afternoon nap. He plays a lot until his usual time for his nap in the afternoon. He cries when I tell him that it's nap time already. There are times that I have to force him to sleep which I feel bad about because he cries until he falls asleep. Does my son really need to have an afternoon nap?