Tips on how to handle nap transitioning

User - posted on 02/19/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )





Bella is 12 months and 2 weeks old.

She has since 11 months old slept 10.5 hours at night, and then two 1.5 hour naps by day.

4 days ago, she started sleeping 12 hours at night ... and then her daytime naps are a struggle!

she seems very ready for her morning one just 2.5 hours after she wakes up in the morning ...

but her afternoon one is a MESS. Refuses it!

With careful distraction, I keep her up until her usual bedtime of 7.45pm ... but it is HARD WORK ... basically have to ensure nothing makes her cry - cos if she starts - she seems too tired to process and recover! so i keep her happy happy happy! But she is pretty "Drunk" by bed!

So -

I dont know whether i should help her take this morning nap later nearer noon ...

or keep offering 2 naps, one in the am around 10.30am ... and on in the pm around 2.30pm

I did try keeping her up until 11am yesterday - she couldnt handle it ... it was awful. 10.30am is the latest she can comfortably go ...

any advice?


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Bonnie - posted on 02/20/2012




Some children naturally need more sleep than others. My older son, by 20 months didn't want to nap unless it was in the car. My younger son by the age of two would continue to fight his tiredness and by dinner, he would be falling asleep. He is now 3.5 and still has some days where he is falling asleep at dinner.

I would trying delaying her morning nap a little bit and cut out the second one.

Amy - posted on 02/19/2012




I would try keeping her up a little longer in the morning to eliminate the afternoon nap. My daughter however eliminated the morning nap, and kept the afternoon. Now at 23 months old some days we skip the afternoon nap because we have stuff going on usually she goes to bed about a half hour earlier on those days.

Kay - posted on 02/19/2012




It really varies by child. My now five year old quit taking two naps and went to one between 12 & 14 months. We did have to nudge his bedtime up--he was a seven and done guy for a year or so.

My younger son is sixteen months and if he does not have two naps...well, just stay out of his way, lol! He goes to bed slightly later than big brother did, around eight usually. One nap is usually shorter than the other.

Anyway, I would brace for a few nasty days, and try to get into her rhythm. Good luck!

Liz - posted on 02/19/2012




When my 3 boys were around a year old they stopped having two 2 hour naps a day to one 3 hour nap. I would try waking her up in the morning at her old usual time and see if she will stay up a little later in the morning before her nap. My boys always take their naps right after lunch, so maybe that is something you could try. Maybe with lunch preparation and eating she will be a little more distracted from her tiredness and stay up a little later, so that she can actually take a longer nap. Good luck!

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