Is your babe down to one nap per day?

Chrystal - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )




My son lately has been fighting his afternoon nap in a bad way.
I have been thinking about weaning him off his morning nap and just going for the one nap.
How did you moms who have weaned to one nap do the transition?
If you haven't yet, how do you plan to do it?


Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009




My sons transition to one nap at home actually started because he was attending daycare while I finished my degree. At first he was a little cranky in the afternoon but I kept a consistent daily routine- breakfast, get dressed, play inside, play outside(weather permitting of course), lunch, nap, snack, play, dinner, bath, book, bed. What also help us was that this transition occurred over the spring & summer (we live in Maine). We were able to get a lot of outside time and time in his wading pool. I found that keeping his routine somewhat consistent for a couple weeks helped. He rather smoothly transitioned from two 1-1 1/2 hour naps to one 2 hour nap. There are days when it is shorter or longer but he is doing great. Good luck!


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Carly - posted on 12/29/2009




My little boy just stated refusing to go to sleep at his normal morning nap time, so i left it go a little longer and I put him down at about 11 and he sleeps for about 1-2.5 hours, sometimes in the arfternoon if im driving around he may nap in the car but if we are busy and playing then he usually stays up till bedtime.
Maybe try a later morning nap and see how he goes. Lucas would absolutly scream for ages before i changed it and now he is wonderfull. He even sleeps through the night now because moving him to 1 nap a day actually means he sleeps longer for some reason and he goes to sleep easier at night too coz hes that little bit more tired.

User - posted on 12/28/2009




My daughter went to 1 nap when she turned one because that is when she started attending daycare. They only have a 1 nap schedule. It was difficult for her for the first week. She was used to her 2 naps so at 10am they would let her sleep for 10 minutes then wake her. She would then nap the whole 2 hours scheduled from 12-2.
She does 1 nap a day no sweat now.

Liz - posted on 12/27/2009




my daughter has been taking only one nap a day since she was about 4 months old. she usually sleeps around 2hrs. if you feel like your son still needs the 2 naps but he is just fighting it then maybe just let him cry it out?? he may just be trying to see what he can away with. my daughter fought her naps every single time up until recently. i dont think that bc they fight their nap that they dont need one but really only you can tell as the parent. im sure you can tell wheather he is fighting it bc he just wants to play more or he really isnt tired.

Cori - posted on 12/27/2009




my son only takes one nap per day but i honestly couldnt tell you when that happened! it was like all of the sudden he decided that he didnt need his morning nap.. now he only naps 1 time from 2-5! and then sleeps from 930p-830a

Jessica - posted on 12/22/2009




My son, when he is at home with me is ALWAYS on a one-nap-a-day routine. Usually he wakes at about 9am, and will nap, after lunch, until at least 3pm and sometimes even 4 pm, which he just started doing recently. Then he will be in bed by 8-8:30pm and sleeps 12 hours.

When he is at daycare (3 days a week) he will have a half an hour nap at about 8:30am, which is mainly because we have to wake him up at 6am to go! Then he has to have another nap with all the other kids at 12h30pm for about 2-3 hours, depending on the noise level)

Kristina - posted on 12/22/2009




my daughter is changing her nap scheldule too, she used to take a morning nap around 9 or 10 and an after noon nap around 3, now she fights her morning nap and ends up taking one nap in the after noon around 1

User - posted on 12/22/2009




i have noticed that my 13 months old has been trying to stay up later and later during the day. she will wake up at 8:30 every morning and when i put her down for her noon nap, all she does i play in her crib. she will usually go down for an actual nap around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. and about 8 or 9 at night she goes down for the night.

Stefanie - posted on 12/22/2009




Marion pretty much does 1 or 2 naps a day. All depends on what time she's awake in the morning. If she's awake late in the morning then it's one nap, she'll nap around 1pm till 2:30ish and bed by 8pm. If she's awake early (5:30am) she'll take two naps that day. 11am and 4pm. She pretty much gives us her que when she's tired. She gets clingy, wine's, and starts to rub her eyes.

Kristi - posted on 12/22/2009




I know that at Daycare, Wes only has one nap, and that's in the afternoon. He sleeps from around 1 to around 4-4:30 ... works for us! If they are fighting it, it is usually because they don't need it! Good luck!

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Chloe went to 1 nap a day a several months ago. She goes down for bed about 10pm and get's up about 10am. Goes down for her nap anywhere between 12:30pm - 4 and sleeps for about two hours. She did it herself. We just watched her ques. Sometimes, she will fall asleep in the car (about 7ish) if we are going somewhere, but it is usually only for about 15 minutes or so.

Amy - posted on 12/21/2009




my daughter pretty much chose her own nap times, if she was tired she'd sleep, if i put her up in her cot and she wasnt tired she'd soon let me know, shes been on one nap a day for the past few months, which she has about 10am, she has her breakfast plays for an hour or so then sleeps for 2 hours! she goes to bed at 6.30pm and wakes up about 8.30am! sometimes she wakes up earlier and sometimes she wakes for a bottle about midnight, but overall i consider myself to be sooooo lucky!!

Keisha - posted on 12/19/2009




My little girl was very similar to you, I decided that one long sleep through the day might work better. For her she wakes at about 7:30am then between 12pm and 12:30pm and doesnt wake untill 2:30pm then she is bed again by 7:30pm at the latest.
Before she would have asleep at 10am for about an hour than at 3pm for about an hour, she was getting difficult to put down in the afternoon so I just gradually moved her morning sleep keeping her up half hour longer every couple of days untill she got the day sleep right. It was a tough couple of weeks but so worth it.

Good Luck

Christina - posted on 12/18/2009




My Little Girl pretty much just weaned herself off. She used to sleep from 9-10:30am then from 2:30-4pm, but then after she turned one, she did not want to have her morning nap till 10:30ish and she would sleep for 2 and a half hours and then she did not sleep in the afternoon at all. The first few days she did get quite cranky around 5ish, but she got over that and she still goes to bed at 7:30pm and sleep through the night. So yeah I'd say your son will just wean himself off gradually.

Cathy - posted on 12/18/2009




My daughter is different every day. Some days she really needs two and others she is fine with one in the afternoon. She goes to daycare 3 days a week and in her new toddler room they only put the kids down for one nap after lunch for a couple hours. That seems to be working for her. When she is at home we just take our cues from her and if we think she needs it down she goes.

Amanda - posted on 12/17/2009




Nope. My son is still on 2 naps a day, he has just pushed the first one back by about an hour... he now naps from 10-1145ish and then 3-430. Then in bed at 730pm for 11 hours. From what I understand, as a mom, you cannot really do anything, you just want to watch your baby and wait for him/her to push it back and start it on their own.

Good luck!

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