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Changing naps from 2 to 1 - what's your schedule? do you think my schedule sounds practical?

Lisa - posted on 03/28/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi guys. I just changed my son from 2 naps a day to 1, and I'm still working out the kinks in the schedule. I take my son out of the crib at 7:30 and he goes to sleep at night at 7:30. I used to put Jacob to nap at 10-11 and 2-3:30, and I would nurse/give him milk after each nap. Now I have him napping from 12 to 2, with an hour bonus if he's still sleeping at 2. I'm still trying to figure out when I should give milk, lunch and milk or snack again, and also, do you think I should put Jake to bed a little earlier now that I changed his nap schedule? Right now, I'm nursing him at 10:30 and giving him lunch at 11:15 so that he has some time to digest his food before his nap at noon (I made the nursing earlier so he can still be hungry for his lunch), and I'm giving him a snack around 3 (it used to be around 4). Should I change his bedtime to 7 pm now? Lately, Jake hasn't been tired until a little after 8. I'm not sure if he's overtired or if he's having so much energy because he just started walking so he's been very excited lately.

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Stifler's - posted on 04/04/2011

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I just plod along with him under foot all morning lol then I'm like THANK GOD when it's finally nap time. I miss the napping most of the day stuff lol

Lisa - posted on 03/31/2011

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On the one hand, it's more convenient to have one nap because I can take him to places in the morning, but on the other hand, I don't have time to take care of things as much since he's up for so long until his nap.

Erin - posted on 03/30/2011

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I thought my son was dropping a nap but he isn't. He goes to bed by 7 and wakes up by 7. He naps from around 10 to 11 and then again from 2 to 4 ish. I would say to try putting him to bed earlier and see what happens. The extra rest could be good. Good luck, I hope my son drops his first nap quite soon.

Erin - posted on 03/30/2011

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I thought my son was dropping a nap but he isn't. He goes to bed by 7 and wakes up by 7. He naps from around 10 to 11 and then again from 2 to 4 ish. I would say to try putting him to bed earlier and see what happens. The extra rest could be good. Good luck, I hope my son drops his first nap quite soon.

Stifler's - posted on 03/30/2011

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Yeah when he starts going crazy we just get him ready and put him in bed. I usually end up giving him his dinner early.

Stifler's - posted on 03/30/2011

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Yeah he goes to bed at 7 and wakes up sometimes during the night but goes back to sleep until 7 or 8AM:)

Lisa - posted on 03/30/2011

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Wow, that is a long nap! And is he sleeping well at night? I've decided I'm going to try putting him to bed a half hour early. I read that when they are all hyper at bedtime, it means that they're overtired. So, hopefully this'll work.

Stifler's - posted on 03/30/2011

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Mine just changed himself to 1 nap this week. He used to have one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Now I just give him the milk in the morning and after lunch he goes for a nap. I don't stick to a certain time, just whenever I catch him rubbing his eyes I chuck him in bed. He's been going to bed around 1130-1230 and sleeping until 3 or 4.

Lisa - posted on 03/29/2011

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I was never a morning person either, but I didn't have much choice once I had a baby :) Jake used to wake up at 5:30 or 6, but then a couple of months ago, I hired a sleep trainer and she had me keep him in the crib from 7:30 to 7:30 (till 8 am if he's still sleeping), and it worked. He learned how to put himself back to sleep if he woke up early. So, that really helped me a lot because I still like to be up late at night - I can't help it! I was going to stop nursing at a year, but then, when my son was 13 months old, we had to take a family trip to South Africa (visiting relatives on my husband's side of the family), so I figured with such long flights, the nursing would be helpful, which it was. Now, I'm back, and I thought I'd start weaning, but I'm finding it difficult since my son likes it so much, and also, he drinks regular milk now, so when I go to work my nanny gives that to him, but if I'm around, I nurse, so it hasn't been so inconvenient. I'm not sure how long I'll keep this up. I'll just feel it out. Nursing with meals - I'd probably want to nurse right afterwards so that he still has an apetite for his food. I could try that. I don't give my son juice, but I give him lots of water. My son is a good eater, although lately he's been enjoying spitting out his food and playing with it more - fun, fun :)

Patrice - posted on 03/29/2011

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also, when I was still nursing I would nurse with meals not make it a seperate feeding/snack. How long do you plan to nurse?
We do milk with meals and water/juice with snacks
that way there is a good break inbetween eating

Patrice - posted on 03/29/2011

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right now this schedule works for us b/c of when we go places and when Jayden gets here in the am, I am not an early morning person so I I'd rather chance go to bed a lil later than earlier so he will sleep later. He still gets the same amount of sleep. Also if we have to be out later in the evenings(life group) he won't be miserable cause its way past his bedtime. When he gets closer to school age we will make adjustments to it to fit school schedule, The evening nap is usually a shorter nap and he;s up for about 2 hrs and we get some serious playtime in so it doesn't interfere with bedtime:) if your child is cranky during the day or falls asleep in the car alot he prob isn't getting enough sleep. if he's happy for the most part and is alert in car he's prob good. Alot of people suggest putting kids to bed at 7-7:30 cause their natural cycles start winding down then. I don't know how our schedule works for us but it just does. We can go to church, hang out with friends, go to midweek life groups, dinner, whatever and everyone's happy.

Lisa - posted on 03/28/2011

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My son is 14 months old. That is interesting how you managed to work out both kids schedules, even though they are a bit different. It's interesting that your son takes such a late second nap. That seems very late. I would think that interferes with his bedtime. I had been putting my son to bed at 7:30, but lately I've been putting him down at 8 or a tiny bit after because he seems to have a lot of energy at night. I'm not sure what to make of it since my sister told me she thought I should be putting him to bed even earlier than before since I changed his nap routine. She thinks he's overtired - I'm not sure - he doesn't seem tired earlier.

Patrice - posted on 03/28/2011

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Hi I'm Patrice. I stay at home with my son plus nanny for another child. My son Chance is 13 months and still takes 2 naps plus sleeps 12 hrs at night. The lil boy I nanny Jayden is 18 months and takes 1 solid 3 hr nap in the middle of the day. our schedule is as follows:
J comes at about
8:30 we do breakfast
they play til 11. we do morn snack
they nap (Jay til 2) (Chan til 1)
When they wake up they eat lunch
2-4 we do learning centers
4pm we have snack
Jay goes home by 5:30 (Chance takes 2nd nap_
Dinner at 6:30 usually
Chance in bed by 8:30 at latest
How we got on this schedule?? I watched and listened for signs of tiredness and hunger. They have a great way of letting you know when they are hungry and tired.

How old is your baby?

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