Elizabeth - posted on 09/24/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )
When do you know if your baby is ready for one nap a day and how long should they sleep? My little boy is 16 months. He has always been an inconsistent napper, but generally has 2 naps a day around 2-3 hours total sometimes more, one in the later part of the morning and one later afternoon. I know many babies start to transition around this age, he has been skipping one nap a lot, but he is obviously still tired and needs a second nap but refuses. When I have tried to delay his nap until after lunch, he still only sleeps about 1 1/2 hrs. max. which isn't enough for the day and he is cranky by dinner. So I have been trying to keep the two 2 naps, I have been looking into placing him in some p/t daycare and I know they put the children down for one nap after lunch, so I don't know how he will adjust. Plus I am working from home so I am not getting any breaks to get anything done. I used to get myself ready, do work and stuff around the house when he took his morning nap, now I don't know how to get things done and I feel overwhelmed - any advice? UPDATE - Also wanted to know what to do if you need to take your child out during naptime and when you take them out if they have an afternoon nap, or do you schedule everything around it? I used to take him out between his 2 naps, but since he is sometimes taking one afternoon nap I don't know when to take him out. I find it very difficult to get out in the mornings before lunch, which only leaves late afternoon. My son refuses to nap when we are out and with his erratic napping it is making very hard to plan the day.