One nap or two?

Sara - posted on 05/03/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )




My boys have been sometimes skipping the afternoon nap, but still sleep a long time in the morning. I usually try to put them down in the afternoon as well, and lately sometimes they just won't sleep. Do your babies sleep twice in the day still, or are they starting to only have one nap? Seems kind of early to me


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Dawnne - posted on 05/21/2011




My son is 15 months, and we just cut the morning nap this is going pretty well. He usually gets up around 7am then takes a nap from 1-4, and goes to bed around 7:45

Ashley - posted on 05/20/2011




My daughter wakes up inbetween 6:45 and 7:15 in the morning, then she doesn't take a nap until 1:30 and will sleep until maybe 3 IF I'm lucky, and then she doesn't go to bed until 9! Sometimes a little earlier if she's had a busy day and a short nap, but she's been taking only 1 nap since around her first birthday. She does great with it and it didn't take long for the transition at all.

Kiara - posted on 05/15/2011




Well My daughter is 3 and she takes one nap usually between the hours of 12-3pm. Sometimes she dont even take a nap but she goes to sleep early that night. :) As they get older they sleep less and play more.

Alice - posted on 05/15/2011




i try and put my son to sleep around lunch time maybe 11am he'll sleep for 2 hours and then hes not to cranky when its time for dinner his bed time is 7 but when if he needs it he'll have a morning nap around 9 or 10 and wont have an afternoon nap and is cranky as hell!!!

Pam - posted on 05/14/2011




My daughter went from two naps a day to one nap a day when she was about 11 months old. I wanted to get her on the same schedule as everyone else at her daycare. I thought it was going to be just awful but it only took one day. I think I kept her on two naps a day more for myself and thinking that that was what she needed. But to my surprise, instead of giving her the bottle at 10 (first nap) i just gave her a snack and that gave her a second wind until about 11:30 or 12. I started giving her lunch around 11:30 then by about 11:50 her naptime bottle and she would be out from about 12-3. Then she would last until bedtime (7:30).

Susan - posted on 05/11/2011




@ Maria, I had the problem with my son waking up in the night too when i got him off the formula. What worked for me was giving him more food at dinner or even feeding him a little snack like an hr before he went to bed.

Maria - posted on 05/06/2011




It depends on how early my son gets up as to how many he has. For the past month or so, he's been having one mid-afternoon about 1pmish and will sleep for about an hour. He normally gets up between 7.30 - 8, then he'll go to bed about 8, sometimes 8.30 if he's had a nap later in the afternoon, he gets a bit cranky about 5ish which is when he used to take his second nap, but then he wasn't going down for the night until about 10 so we had to stop that. When he gets cranky, i take him outside (whether permitting) and he loves being nosy out there so forgets all about being tired! Then dinner, bath and bed. He's still waking in the night though at about 2am for a bottle so i need to try and sort that one out! I need a full night's sleep, it's been 15 months for goodness sake! Hahaha! The joys of kids! ;)

Lisa - posted on 05/06/2011




My son is 14 months old. He usually sleeps from 9:30pm to 8:00 am. Than he naps from 12:00 to 3:00. Only 1 nap a day for probably 3 months now..

Dru - posted on 05/05/2011




My daughter has only been taking one nap a day since she was about 11 months old. She wakes up between 7:30 and 8 am. and goes down for her nap after lunch at 12:30pm and then is up between 2 and 3 pm. Then she goes to be at 7:30pm. Once she started going to sleep on her own we started a schedule because otherwise she wouldn't take a nap and she would stay up til midnight.

Ashley - posted on 05/04/2011




Mine sleeps from 8pm to 8 am... so she takes her nap at 1230 after lunch and sleeps usually til 3... Shes 14 months.. and only had one nap a day since she was like 9 months

Shelley - posted on 05/04/2011




My little one is napping less and less during the afternoons. I have been struggling longer and longer to get her to sleep, sometimes it end up being so late that it interferes with her dinner and bed time routine. Sigh. She is too cute; when she doesn't want to sleep she does silly things to get me to laugh - like balancing her pacifier on her head or shove it in my mouth. Then the second I laugh she gets a naughty grin on her face and starts chuckling, and that is that, nap time over :) I read somewhere that they are supposed to be sleeping about four hours during the day - but puleeze, my little one hasn't been doing that since she could crawl. Seems some of them are ready to nap only once. I am thinking of leaving out the afternoon nap and putting her to bed half an hour earlier - she goes to bed at eight now.

Melly - posted on 05/03/2011




My son was on two naps a day, until yesterday, he just decided he only wanted one. Except the one yesterday he went down in the morning as usual and decided he didnt want his afternoon nap. He was very tired and grumpy come bed time (well 1pm - 7.30pm is a long time for a little one so i dont blame him), so today I kept him up and gave him his lunch a little earlier and put him down after he ate (12.30), and he had a 2.5 hour nap (woke up at 3). Hopefully he wont be so grumpy this afternoon.
He does get 13 hours solid sleep at night plus the 2.5 hours during the day, so i'm sure he is getting enough sleep, and i know that they do cut down to one nap, not sure when it was meant to happen, but it looks like my son is doing it now.

Laura - posted on 05/03/2011




My little Chloe is still being put down to sleep twice a day. She is always back in bed after being up for 3hrs in the morning and often only sleeps for 40 minutes so she really needs the afternoon sleep. Some days tho, she just refuses to sleep in the afternoon. We have little friends in our Mother's Group who have gone to 1 sleep a day and others who still have 2. I read somewhere that if your child goes for 5 consecutive days without an afternoon sleep and are happy, then that's a sign they no longer want or need it. I'm wondering myself when I'll know that my daughter is ready to drop that sleep . . . I guess we'll only know in time

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