1 or 2 NAPS? My child has been fighting his 2nd nap like crazy!

Kristi - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions on when our children should move to one long nap as apposed to two? My son sleeps 11-12 hours at night, usually 1 1/2 hours at this first nap and if I can get him to go down at his 2nd he'll sleep an hour...but lately he either just plays in the crib or screams forever. Any suggestions/experience would be good! Thanks!

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Moni - posted on 02/15/2010

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When my daughter started fighting nap #2 I switched to one nap a day and it's been working out beautifully. I keep her busy in the morning and she goes down right after lunch. I can get anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours out of her, and she's asleep within minutes of being put in her crib. Good luck!

Hillary - posted on 02/16/2010

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For Bella, it really depends on who is watching her. My mother-in-law can only get her to take one nap on the days she watches her, even though I get home from work and she is like a little sleepy zombie. My husband can usually get her to take two naps, and on the weekends when I'm with her she usually takes two naps of at least an hour or more. She has also been going to bed at different times. A month ago we would put her to bed at 8pm every night, and now some nights she's just not ready to go to bed until 9 or 10. She's discovering herself and becoming more aware of what her body wants and needs, so we let her decide if she is sleepy. Most times, we'll ask, "Are you sleepy? Would you like to take a nap? Do you want your milk?" And she will head toward the bedroom. At this age, they are trying to become more independent...watch for signs that your LO is actually tired, some days he may take two naps, some days he may not.

Maria - posted on 02/16/2010

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My daughter turned 11 months and she instantly stopped taking a second nap. She wanted nothing to do with it anymore. She takes one 2- 2 1/2-hour nap around 12:30, just after lunch time.

Caitlin - posted on 02/15/2010

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My daughter is getting one nap a day, and has been since about 11 months when she decided she didn't want to sleep for her second nap. At first it was harder to keep her awake until after lunch, but now she's used to it, she has her lunch, then goes down for anywhere between 1-3 hours (rarely 4). She manages to still sleep 13 hours a night, so i'm usually quite pleased with her sleep schedule. She just keeps having growth spurts, which keeps me guessing on her sleep pattern.

Amanda - posted on 02/15/2010

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My little boy just weaned himself out of his morning nap around 12 months old. It sounds like that is what your son is doing! He only has one nap a day and sleeps 1.5 to 2.5 hours during that nap and he sleep 11-12 hours at night also. My son only having one nap a day is also much easier to plan around.

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Melanie - posted on 02/19/2010

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The morning nap is the first to go naturally :( so if he is showing signs it may be time to convert him to one mid-day nap. Most babies are at 1 nap by age 2 but there is no exact time frame of when babies should be switched. Just read his signs for when he is ready.

Samantha - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son, 15 months old, sleeps from 730pm until atleast 7am and he weaned himself off of the first morning nap. He only goes for a morning nap now if he isn't feeling well and then it's usually only a quick cat nap. He doesn't go down for a nap again until after lunch some time between 12 and 2 depending on his mood. I don't put him down until he looks tired because otherwise he will just scream in the crib and then doens't want to go to the crib at all. I would say to try skipping the morning nap and waiting until after lunch to put him down but just read him because he will tell you what he wants and it will be obvious if he doens't want to go down for that first nap anymore.

Belinda - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son has 2 naps except when at daycare as they can only get him to go to sleep once. He gets up at 5am every day, has 2 sleeps and goes to bed at 6pm, however still wakes through the night. I have read that a child between the ages of 1 and 2 still need to have a nap every 3.5 hours as this is when there stress levels are maxed. It still works for my son, if he does not have a sleep every 3-3.5 hours he becomes very miserable and hard to deal with he goes of for a nap with no problems at all

Angela - posted on 02/19/2010

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We are going through that phase too. My daughter is 15 months. If she starts acting whiney early in the morning, like around 10:00, she will go down for a nap from 10:00-12:00, then another short one, about an hour long starting anywhere from 3:00-4:00. If she's not whiney then she only takes one nap from about 12:00-2:00. Bedtime is between 7:00 and 8:00 at night and she usually sleeps until about 7:30 the next morning.

Tine - posted on 02/18/2010

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Go with what he seems to need. I co-sleep with my daughter and she gets about 12 hours at night, and recently suddenly switchedto needing 2 hours plus once a day rather than an hour ... they are all different, and as they develop thier needs change, so listen to what he's telling you and he'll get what he needs! :-)

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My daughter (now almost 15 mo) weaned herself from 2 to 1 naps per day at about 11/12 months of age. She now sleeps from about noon until 2 or 3...and in the evening she gets about 11 hours sleep. Kids this age only need 13-14 hours of sleep so you can probably kiss nap #2 goodbye. Once it's gone, it won't come back.

Jacqueline - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter has started taking one nap in the middle of the day about 2mths ago. She wakes up at 8 am every day, lays down for her nap at 12.30-2. Then goes to bed at 8.30 sharp. She is like clockwork.

Michele - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son who is now 15months started refusing his second nap about 2 months ago. I find if I can keep him busy in the morning then he will lay down for a nap about an hour after lunch and sleep from 2-3 hours. In fact I will ask him if he wants a "nappy" and he will run to the steps and go without a fight. He also sleeps at an average of 12 hours per night.

Becky - posted on 02/17/2010

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my daughter is 15months old she doesnt have a nap in the day she goes to bed at 6 in the evening and wakes up between six and eight i've never forced a nap on her since she just stopped wanting one which is really good as she sleeps a little longer when she goes to bed.

Bobi - posted on 02/17/2010

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my daughter has been taking only one nap since she was 3 months old. she isn't a big sleeper. when every one elses newborn would sleep all day, lilly would be awake and ready to party.

Ashley - posted on 02/17/2010

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Well, toddlers at our kid's age don't need as much sleep as they use to. So I honestly think you should give up that second nap. I can barely get my son to take his 1st nap anymore let alone 2 naps! :) In a book I am reading the lady was talking bout how it was aggravating for her b/c she couldn't get her daughter to lay down for her naps. Well her daughter didn't need those naps anymore...but she wasn't ready to give them up...could that possibly be the issue?

Dana - posted on 02/16/2010

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I was wondering also, can you keep the morning nap and get rid of the afternoon nap? I stay home with my son and I sleep terrible at night, so the morning nap with him really helps me get through the rest of the day. He usually wakes up around 7:15a.m and we lay down for nap around 10:00am for about 2 hours.

Mirrhya - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son went down to one nap shortly after his first birthday. I am thinking you have been kinda lucky to have had two up until this point. He usually sleeps for about 2 hours in the afternoon and 11 - 12 hours overnight.

Cathy - posted on 02/15/2010

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We kind of had to switch to one nap because of daycare at 12months. They only put them down for one nap starting at that age. So she eats lunch and then goes down for a nap which will last for 1 1/2-2 hours sometimes more. She also sleeps 11-13 hours a night. Prior to this we were having issues with naps too so the one nap thing seems to work for her.

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