Consolidating two naps to one
Of all the nap transitions that take place, going from 2 naps to 1 nap can be the most daunting.The age range when this transition occurs can vary widely, in some cases occurring as early as 12 months of age, and in other cases not occurring until 20 months of age (and for what it’s worth, these were the ages of my two kids when they transitioned).This is a common occurrence especially around the 10th month of life.You’ll want to wait until your child is around the 13th month of age or older AND 100% skips their second nap for two straight weeks.Some parents proudly look at the change from 2 naps to 1 as a major accomplishment, something akin to a college graduation! Daytime naps are lovely, and as I’ve said, adequate daytime sleep promotes good nighttime sleep— daytime sleep may delay bedtime or cause middle-of-the-night waking.Most tots give up the second nap between 12 and 24 months.) Your little man may spend a few weeks bouncing back and forth between 1 and 2 naps. ) Many parents find that the best strategy for this “in-between” period is to at least have a midmorning rest time (with white noise, a lovey and perhaps a little reading or massage).If your child seems antsy, let him watch 20 minutes of a ing Sesame Street or nature DVD (no cartoons, please).
Babies will often go through periods where they fight a nap (usually nap two) for a while before they fall asleep, or they start to intermittently skip their second nap.Put them down around pm (close enough to whenever their first nap occurs so that you know they won’t be able to fall asleep) and leave them down for about 30 minutes.Even though they won’t sleep, this rest period in the dark should be enough to recharge their batteries and keep them awake more comfortably until bedtime.When this occurs, you need to mentally be ready for about a one-month transition period.During this time, it’s important you do not transition from two naps to one nap from day to day.