8 month old Nap Problems- Is it time for 1 nap a day?

Serap - posted on 09/29/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello to you all yummy mummies. I have a son who was born on 1st of February 2016. He will be 8months next week. He can crawl and attempting to even walk. For the first 3 months (obviously being a newborn) we really struggled with his sleep. After he turned 4months, he started to sleep through the night (maybe waking up once or twice). I would say after 6months he really started to sleep through the night, going to bed at 6.30-7.00 pm and waking up anywhere from 6am to 7am. We are following the EASY routine. However lately I have been having some problems.
About 2 weeks ago, he started waking up throughout the night, wanting to play. Every time we put him back to bed, he tried fighting it and would start crying. (I have done CIO with him before because non of the other non cry methods worked with him) Not only were these night wakings were new, but his naps would only last 30mins. (before this his naps were 1-2 hours long) I read somewhere on the internet that he might be going through the 8th month sleep regression, and read some useful tips on there which I did try and they did work. For about a week anyway... Well they have definitely worked for the night sleeps. But not so much for his naps.
Today, I put him down for his morning nap which usually he sleeps well for, but he did wake up after only 40mins of sleeping. And because he is very mobile now, he insisted on climbing up to have a cruise and resisted sleeping. I stayed with him until he could fall back to sleep which didn't work at all.
So my main question is, is he ready to maybe drop down to 1 nap a day? He did drop down to 2 naps a day very early (like at 4months) So I'm wondering if he is perhaps ready for this?
He is teething (the top teeth are on their way) but I really don't think this is the main problem. He isn't that bothered by them. His main concern is that he wants to be up and play instead of napping. We have different routines for nap times and bedtime, and they have worked (and still are working) great.
Our routine is as follows:
6-7am Wake up breastfeed for a bit (depends on his mood) 150ml bottle
8.30am Breakfast solids
9.30am-11.00am nap (well used to be anyway)
11.00am 150ml bottle (try breastfeeding but he usually fights it)
1.00pm Lunch Solids
2-2.30pm down for nap- lately sleeps until 3.00pm but before used to sleep until 4pm
4.00pm 150ml bottle (try breastfeeding again he usually fights it)
5-5.30pm Dinner Solids
6-6.30pm Bath
6.30pm 240ml Bottle
7.00pm in bed.

Also he never used to cry when putting him down to sleep since he was about 6months old, but again since these problems he has been crying for about 5-10mins.

Any suggestions would be great, I hate it when he cant sleep. When he sleeps he is such a happy and playful baby, but when he can't sleep he is miserable and cries all the time.
Lots of love

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Jill - posted on 09/29/2016

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I have 5 boys (twins turn 7 on sat, 5 yr old, 3 yr old,, 17 mtg old. All of mine transitioned to 1nap per day between 8&10 mths. A lot of my friends still had theirs on 2 naps per day till 12- 15 mtg but mine were done a the morning nap earlier! Good luck I'm not a fan of the.Change of sleep schedules (and that's a big ons) but it's freeing to only have to nap them once per day!

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Serap - posted on 09/29/2016

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Thank you Jill it's good to hear that you've had the same transition with all your boys. I will try putting him down for his morning half an hour later to see if that makes a difference too. To be honest i dont mind him taking one nap a day because then we can actually spend more time outside etc...these 2 naps are painful as he can only sleep in his bed and we would always have to plan our lives around his naps. (Which im not complaining about because i love him. A happy baby=happy mum) thank you so much for your reply.

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