Anybody down to 1 nap a day?

Jennifer - posted on 06/30/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I am not sure about bumping down to one nap a day. His morning nap is usually his better nap and I can't justify it when he is clearly tired. Has anyone done this with their April 08 baby?

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Cassi - posted on 07/13/2009

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My son is down to one nap but only because he is not tired when i try to put him down for a second nap. If this works for your son and he still has a normal nighttime routine then just keep it, it cant hurt.

Mary - posted on 07/13/2009

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before joining this group, i thought my daughter was the only child waking up at 6.30 in the morning!!! I'm so glad to find out there are so many mothers who need sleep as much as i do!!!

Ange - posted on 07/11/2009

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My baby made herself only have one nap during the day now.. She wakes up about 7.30 in the morning and goes back down for a nap at 11.30 and sleeps till about 1pm.. then thats it till she goes to bed at 7.30 at night..

Jennie - posted on 07/10/2009

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jonah is still at two naps a day, but they're relatively short, and almost always in the car. my husband and i work separate shifts, and we only have one vehicle, so his first nap is usually in the car as daddy takes me back to work from my lunch break and then drives out to the babysitter's, and then his second nap is in the car after we leave the babysitter's...we go pick up big brother, then pick up daddy for his dinner break. he's in bed by 9:30-10 pm and always sleeps until at least 11 am. sometimes he skips a nap, or sometimes on the weekends he gets kinda testy cos he hasn't had his car rides, so i'll hold him on the couch and he'll doze out for a while with me. i say if the kid's tired.....LET THEM SLEEP!!

Hilary - posted on 07/10/2009

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We are still at 2 naps too! (both about 1.5 hrs). Charlie goes to bed at8:30 (but will sit and talk to himself sometimes until 9:15) and sleeps until 7:30. My older daughter was different, she was down to 1 nap (3 hrs!) at this age and went to bed at 7! Each one is different! Hope that helps!

Ashleigh - posted on 07/10/2009

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If he's cranky after the second nap, try dropping it. My son was the exact same way. Some days he will take 2 naps depending on when he wakes up, but now he usually goes to bed at 7pm, wakes up between8 or 8:30am, and then i put him down for a nap at 11 or 11:30am and he sleeps until 2 or 3 pm.

Amy - posted on 07/09/2009

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My daughter went down to one nap a day around 12 months old on her own. (I would have liked her to keep two naps longer, but she just couldn't sleep that much anymore.) She goes down around 1:00 or 1:30 and sleeps about 2 hours. At this age, most books and doctors say kids need about 13-14 total hours of sleep depending on the individual kid. If yours is still sleeping enough at night (10-11 hours) and you like two naps I would say keep them both till that changes. However, if two naps is not working well, you could try a couple things to go down to one nap. Try shortening the morning nap a little each day until it is phased out (the longer afternoon nap should be the one to stay usually). Or try doing just one nap between the two nap time. Once he's got that down, you can slowly push it back each day until the time you prefer it to be. He may be cranky for a week or so, but if he's ready for one nap, he'll adjust soon. Plus he may sleep more at night! :) Good luck!

Brandi - posted on 07/09/2009

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My daughter was down to one nap per day since she was 6 months. She slept for 2 hours. Now she sleeps for one hour. She wakes up at 8, & goes to bed at 9. I'm wondering if she is sleeping too much. She seems fine, maybe a little slow at talking, but other than that, perfect.

Teri - posted on 07/09/2009

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My son does only take one nap. We started at two but like yours his morning nap is the better nap. I found that the second nap he would wake up cranky so I started keeping him busy when he would normally lay down. I found that he went to bed 30 mins to an hour earlier and sleep better through the night. He was a good sleeper at night but now he is a great one :)



His schedule is up at 7:00am nap at 9:30 or 10am until 11 or 12pm then up untill 7pm.

Melissa - posted on 07/07/2009

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My 14 month boy has been down to one nap for a few months already. I don't even really remember how it happend? I like it better, he sleeps for a good 3 hours during has nap, lets me get stuff done!

Jennifer - posted on 07/07/2009

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My daughter has turned herself into a one nap a day. It was nice having some time in the morning AND the afternoon, but she is starting to get more energy. She usually goes down about noon and sleeps for about 2 hours.

Mel - posted on 07/07/2009

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yep have been since she was 13 months, just keep him entertained as much as possible try keep him up til 11 give him lunch then bed

User - posted on 07/06/2009

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At home, Dylan was having 2 1 hr naps. but in day care he had 1 2 hr nap. So for a while at home he still did 2 naps, but now it's just 1. He gets up at 7:30, takes a 2 hr nap at 11:30, and goes to be at 7. It does make it easier to get everything done, but I just let him decide what he wants as far as sleep goes.

Gillian - posted on 07/05/2009

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Gabi goes to bed at about 6.30pm and wakes in the morning around 6-7am. She usually goes back to bed at about 10-11am and sleeps for around 2 hours. She doesn't have another nap.

Vanessa - posted on 07/03/2009

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My daughter is 14 1/2 months still has two naps per day, an hour in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon, bed at 7pm at night sleeps til 7 or 7.30am.

Carri - posted on 07/02/2009

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My son, Andrew, is down to one nap a day. He pretty much made the decision and I went along with it. He will, occasionally, take two naps in a day, but he's usually cutting a tooth when that happens. I have to say that he does seem to sleep better at night now that he's down to one nap a day. He goes to bed anywhere from 7:30p to 8:30p and stays asleep till usually 8-8:30a. However, if he gets extremely cranky and rubbing his eyes like he needs a nap, then I'll put him down whether it's the usual time or not.

Emma - posted on 07/02/2009

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My daughter is 15month tomorrow and usually she has no naps but occasionally she does nap once a day until she is teething and then sometimes it can be twice. But she hasn't been one for naping much anyway she would rather play with her older cousins r entertain herself. Obviously if your child is tired then you want them to sleep but if you want them down to one nap a day then when they get tired and have already had a nap just try to see that they are entertained/ have your attention that bit more. Hope this helps

Kimberly - posted on 07/02/2009

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I think most moms on here have a schedule/routine that works for them and their little one. A book or article or docter can not tell you when your child is ready for one nap or when to put them to bed at night or when to let them get up in the morning. Your child will get the sleep they need and if they get cranky or tired you lay them down. Change is hard no matter who you are.

Andrea - posted on 07/02/2009

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Yeah, my DD was born April fools day :) & we've been down to 1 nap a day for approx. a month & 1/2 now maybe even a little longer.. but with only taking one nap a day, she goes to bed at nite much earlier but has still been sleeping until 7-9am in the A.M. so thats a plus! :)

Kris - posted on 07/01/2009

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My son is down to one nap. He goes to sleep at about 11.30am and sleeps for approx 1.5 - 2 hours.

Bethany - posted on 07/01/2009

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Nope, my daughter is still on two naps a day. Like Darcy, I've read that babies on a consistent routine usually go down to one around 18 months.

Kylie - posted on 07/01/2009

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Our son (Tyson) has only one nap for the day and has been doing so for about 6-8mths now. He has a 2hour sleep 98% of the time with some days having 3hours. Its great, I get so much done & also have a good rest for myself. His day nap is usually from 11am unless he gets tired and cranky before then. When Tyson was a newborn he only did 30min naps several times a day. At 6months of age he started to have a 1hour sleep a few times a day. Tyson sleeps from 7pm till 6am most nights. I would try to keep your son awake for longer in the morning a& see if he will nap for longer thus stretching the day out and eliminating the 2nd sleep. Good Luck.

Kimberly - posted on 07/01/2009

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My youngest daughter has been at one nap a day since about 6 months. She just didn't want to lay down in the morning. Her nap is anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, she usually is down for nap around 1pm. She has a solid routine also. She goes to bed at 8pm and is up by 7:30am. Sometimes she will sleep longer in the mornings but it is not the norm.

It is all up to you and how your child reacts to a nap. If he is only sleeping an hour or less at each nap he may not be tired....he may need a snack or something to drink and that is why he is getting cranky.

Louise - posted on 07/01/2009

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My daughter only has one nap a day, usually around lunchtime. Although if I can see she's getting tired i will always put her down for another nap. Don't forget that every child is different and if yours needs two naps, then that should be finne. Hope you get on ok

Bridget - posted on 07/01/2009

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My daughter takes just one nap now. Usually between 12 and 3pm. Its rarely for 3 hours.
She just goes to be earlier now. Like at 7:30 or so.

Jennifer - posted on 06/30/2009

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when jack wakes up from his second nap is is 99% of the time super cranky! i don't get it, if he is that crabby - sleep longer! that is why i was wondering if i should try to get him to drop a nap. if he sleeps longer than 1 hr at either nap it is a christmas miracle! his bedtime routine is solid, down by 7:30 and usually up at 6:30.

Lisa - posted on 06/30/2009

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my daughters sleep pattern is like clockwork now. She goes to bed at 7pm every night and wakes up at 6am (when my husband gets up for work) she has a 1-2 hour nap at 9am and thats her for the day. It works really well for me because when she has her morning nap I can do the same!

Gemma - posted on 06/30/2009

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connor has been having just an afternoon nap from 1 til 3 for a few mnths now, he stopped his morning one of his own accord, he is still always in bed and asleep by 7pm and rarely up before 7.30am.

Michelle - posted on 06/30/2009

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Your child will dictate how many naps he/she needs. If they need 2 then so be it. My daughter has been at one long 2 hours nap for at least 6 months now and she's 14 months old. My son is 2.5 and he had 2 naps for a longer period of time than she did. Only you and your child can decide this and it's very obvious to see if they aren't getting enough sleep. THEY BE VERY VERY GRUMPY! ;-)

Crystal - posted on 06/30/2009

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Molly has been napping just once a day for a few months now.
But yes I agree, if he can still take 2 naps and be in bed at a normal time, do it!!!

Darcy - posted on 06/30/2009

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I try to get my son to nap twice a day still. But some days, he just doesn't fall asleep during his second nap. I think he is self weaning down to just one nap. But if you can still get your baby to take 2 naps - do it!!

I've read that 18 months is about the time they go down to just one nap.

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