Going to one nap

Alysha - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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When and how do I go to one nap, she seems to almost want to give it up, she sleeps less and less during the day, so I was just wondering how others have done it.

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Jessica - posted on 04/21/2010

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Aarti- I would make the first sleep a bit later, say 11.30-12 and take away the second one.

Jenny - posted on 04/16/2010

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Let me start by saying my daughter goes to day care. When she started in the infant room at 7 months she took two decent naps. Once she was more mobile she was less willing to nap in the morning becasue of all that was going on ... she didn't want to miss anything. Her afternoon nap got longer. Now in the toddler room they only get one nap after lunch and she usually sleeps two hours. On the weekends, she might take a morning nap but lots of times just spends some quiet time in her crib. Other times ... nothing. Let your daughter be your guide. If she seems, acts tired put her down. If not, just have fun with her. Maybe play a little harder and longer each day until you make it to lunch with no nap.

Ez - posted on 04/15/2010

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I believe in baby-led routines so it just happened naturally for us at around 12 months. The morning nap (about 3hrs after she woke up) got down to only about 30mins so one day I just kept her up, gave her an early lunch and put her down afterwards. The first few days you may have to work harder than normal to keep her amused, but don't push her too hard to stay awake. My daughter usually went down for her morning nap around 9.30, and it took a week or so of gradually moving naptime later. Now she goes down around 12 and sleeps for 2-3hrs, then has a bedtime of 7-7.30pm.

Trisha - posted on 04/15/2010

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I let my daughters que's tell me, then I moved her morning nap to later in the day(right after lunch) and she started going to be at 7 and sleeping until 7in the morning. Some children need more sleep then others tho, my 4 year old had 2 naps a day until he was 2 1/2. Don't rush it, but don't push too hard for naps unless she reallly needs them either!!

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Brenda - posted on 04/27/2010

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My daughter was taking her naps at 10am and 3pm every day. Then a couple weeks ago she quit going down for nap #2. I just moved the morning nap to 12:30 and now she is taking one long nap in the middle of the day. She adjusted to it really well and still sleeps from 8pm to 7am. I just have to adjust my running around to her new schedule.

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2010

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That's great. Caitlin slept better over night when we first swapped to one sleep but lately she has been a bit more restless- no idea why. Can't beleive your little one wakes every hour after 1pm! You poor thing! Do you have to settle her or will she settle herself?

Aarti - posted on 04/22/2010

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Thanks Jessica..tried today and she slept 1.5hrs and then was ok without afternoon sleep. Here is hoping it improves night sleep...she wakes every hour after 1am!

Monica - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son just recently went to 1 Nap , he is 14 months...
He still does not sleep through the night and I find now with just the one afternoon nap , he goes to bed earlier (730-8) and he is doing much better thru the night.
Maybe he was getting too much sleep?

Aarti - posted on 04/20/2010

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My daughter takes 2 naps - about an hour and a half at 11am and then 1/2 hr at about 4pm. She sleeps at 8pm (wakes often at night still) and wakes at 7am. Most comments say it's the morning nap that goes for their babies....what should I do you think? That afternoon nap is just soo short! Maybe she doesn't need that one..

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2010

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My daughter started really fussing around with the arvo nap at so I simply cut it out. I moved her morning sleep to just after an early lunch 11.30-12. She sleeps between 1.5-3 hours. Seems to work ok

Li - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son naps around 1pm for 1 to 2 hours. He goes to bed around 8pm and gets up around 9.

Christie - posted on 04/20/2010

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my son would quite happily have 2 short sleeps i put him down 10.45 - 11am after morning tea he will normally sleep 2 and a half to 3 hrs, give him lunch when he gets up. He goes down for the night 7pm this routine works well especially with two school children as well.

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son started only napping once a day, but since he'd nap in the morning it was the afternoon nap that he wouldn't take. So, I read some things, and found out that the afternoon nap is the one you want to keep, and instead of putting him down in the morning, we let him stay up until he needed a nap, and slowly migrated his morning nap to just after lunch and now he is napping only once, in the afternoon. He's always been a good nighttime sleeper, but the naps haven't always gone that well. He finally seems to be on a good schedule with the nap now though, so that make momma very happy.

You want to pay attention to baby's needs, but you do need to ensure that the single nap be in the afternoon when you do go to just one. And make sure bed time is early enough that baby gets enough nighttime Zs. ;-)

Angela - posted on 04/19/2010

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we are somewhere in the middle of 1 and 2 naps also. am going to try moving the 9.30am nap to later morning and get her to sleep longer, currently back in bed at 2pm for a battle lasting from 0-90 minutes. but sometimes gets 2 hrs in past dinner time... still down by 6.30.

Sam - posted on 04/18/2010

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does she have her naps at the same time everyday?
If so all i did to take away a nap was instead of putting them down at 10 am for the morning nap and 2 pm for the afternoon nap, i would put them down around 11-11:30 and they would sleep for 2-3 hours,and then not have the afternoon nap. It was alittle ruff at the beginning once they get use to staying up the little bit later and not having another one in the afternoon it was good to go. It seems to have worked for me. They would go to bed around 7-7:30 and wake up around 8 in the morning.

Helen - posted on 04/18/2010

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it all depends what we're doing - if we're out and about he might not have a nap at all - but then he's really cranky, clingy, crying and miserable!

If we're at home all day he usually still has 2 naps - the other morning he took me upstairs, so i gathered that he wanted to go to sleep - and he did!

If we're out part of the day then he will either sleep around 11.00 or about 2.00 for a couple of hours, but then again sometimes he keeps going until lunchtime and falls asleep while hes eating :p and then only has the one nap.



I guess that not only is each baby different, but each one also changes from day to day! :)

Lisa - posted on 04/18/2010

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My son up untill last week had 2 sleeps a day one at 9am and one at 3pm. But I reaslised that he was geting harder to put down at 9am. So I let him stay awake until he gave me his tired signs. He did this at 11am. So I put him down and he had a 2 hour sleep. And went to bed easily at 7pm that night. So now everyday we have a new routine of him going for his one sleep a day at 11am. Its not hard to do, if bubby isnt going down easy or getting harder to put to bed at night then just wait until she gives you her tired signs in the day and trial it for a few days and see if you notice a difference in her. Good Luck

Jennifer - posted on 04/18/2010

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I wanted to add 1 more tid-bit.......growth spurts = + naps. Just go with the flow....works for us.

Meghan - posted on 04/18/2010

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I am going through the same thing right now too! Caleb no longer wants an afternoon nap. He normally takes a long morning nap (1.5-2 hrs). But I think I he still needs an afternoon nap. How did you all go about making the switch to the afternoon? He is getting so tired and cranky early in the evening now (6pm and bedtime is 7:30pm).
Thanks!
-Meghan

Bethany - posted on 04/18/2010

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depends what we do during the day. If we're at home all day, Charlotte will have a big nap about 2 or 3 hours after she gets up. Then a little nap around 3 or 4. But if we go outside for the afternoon, she will happily skip the little nap. If we go out in the morning, she'll just have one big nap when we get home. If we're out all day, she'll nap in the car or pram in the AM and PM.



It doesn't seem to affect her night sleeping at all, no matter how late she naps, she's asleep by 8. Normally it's dinner at 5.30pm, bed from 7 or 7.30pm to 6 or 7am. Sometimes right through, sometimes not, depends on her teeth.



So to answer your question, keep them out and about, away or in the garden, and occupied for as long as possible after breakfast, and include a fruit snack for morning tea, and probably even an early lunch, then they might go down a bit later, for the one big nap, and last through until an early dinner. I don't work and don't have much of a structured social calendar, so don't really care how many sleeps Charlotte has.

Ramona - posted on 04/17/2010

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OMG! Depending on the day of course, but there are days when Nicolas takes three naps!!!!! During the week we wake him at 7:15 and at my moms he will take a nap around 9:00. Sometimes one hour sometime 2 1/2. Then he takes another nap from 2-3. And although he fights it sometimes at 6:00 he is tired again. I feel like it is too early for bedtime so sometimes he will take another nap. He will then go to bed around 9:30pm. My ideal situation is for him to take his morning nap and then a late afternoon nap. That way he won't be as cranky around dinner time. On weekends he takes only 2 naps because he will sleep in a little later. I guess I have a sleepy child.... But if we are out and about he will hold up and party with his mommy and daddy without a complaint.

Danielle - posted on 04/17/2010

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What we did with our son is pushed the morning nap till about noon then after dinner we have a good play session in the yard or a walk to keep him alert. By 8pm he is ready for bath then bed. Be prepared for a cranky pants for a few days till they get used to it. We found that he sleeps longer at night now with just the one nap.

Shannon - posted on 04/17/2010

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I just went to one nap last week with my 14 month twins. They decided to take a long morning nap and then didn't want to take an afternoon one. So, I switched it around and so far it's working. They nap about 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours. I essentially just didn't try and put them down for a morning nap and kept them awake by playing, going for walks, going to the mall, etc. You might have a cranky lunch for a few days until she gets used to it but it will actually work out better for you because you'll be able to go places in the morning if you need to without worrying about being home to nap.

Dawn - posted on 04/17/2010

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My son pretty much started doing it himself; just started taking a later morning nap as well. I still put him down for two if he wakes up early or is seeming super cranky.

Louise - posted on 04/16/2010

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My son was having a sleep in the morning and then one in the afternoon and then obviously bedtime, and then i started noticing that he would either cry or chat when I put him up for his afternoon sleep, that was when i knew it was time to cut out one of them. I decided to cut out the morning one, and even tho that was what he needed, it did take a couple of weeks for him to get used to it, but now he is fine and just has the one sleep in the afternoon and then goes to bed around half seven/eight o clock each night now.

Aleks - posted on 04/16/2010

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My little one has been on the one nap since she's turned 1. Her second nap was falling around 4.30ish and she fought it like mad, once she finally fell asleep she didn't wake till 6 or 6.30, which then made her want to stay up till 10pm! Thats just too late for us to still have to deal with kids at that hour... so, I stretched her out in the mornings a little bit, so rather than her going for nap 3 hrs after waking up I put her to bed 4 or 4.5 hrs after she woke up in the morning. Problem is that she has a nap long or short and then gets super stretched out in the evening ( we perennially cannot seem to get her in bed around 7pm when she needs it... one day, one day we will get it right...LOL). This worked for us... doesn't mean it will work for you and your baby. Each baby is different with different needs. Just because her naps are getting shorter does not mean she is ready to give them up and turn it into one. Of course you can only try, but don't force the issue.

Karen - posted on 04/15/2010

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Alexa basically made her own routine and it worked well. She's been sleeping from 7:30/8:00pm til about 8:00am (or 6:30 on daycare mornings) since about 6 months old. She takes about a 3 hour nap when at home....but often skips the nap with the other non-nappers at daycare. I watch for her cues and go with it....it works out well.

Randi - posted on 04/15/2010

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we have tried going to morning play dates which resulted in us skipping the morning nap. He seemed fine all day and we went for nap 130 ish and slept little over 2 hrs. However he was one cranky boy come 630-7 ish both nights so i think Im going back to our old routine of 2 naps a day!

Lisa - posted on 04/15/2010

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my daughter has only ever had one nap a day. She just would not sleep twice a day. But she jusst this week started naping later in the day, and of longer. She used to nap at 12 for 2 hours, and now she naps at 1:30, and sleeps until 4:30. I was getting frustrated when she would just be up in her crib playing forever and prolonging sleep, so I tried keeping her up a bit longer and let me tell you, the 1 1/2 time difference really makes a huge difference. Now she goes to sleep with out any problem and sleeps longer.

Anne - posted on 04/15/2010

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We went to 1 nap a day for the whole of last week. My daughter just decided that's what she would do. She started taking a really long nap in the late morning and then wouldn't sleep any more for the rest of the day. But then she went right back again to 2 naps, having only a short morning nap. I hope she goes back again soon because it really frees you up to go places.

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