Dropping naps

Kunang - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm beginning to think its the start of my 6 month old not needing the last nap. The first and second she goes down really easily but the third, on some days I can be trying for 40 mins and I get nowhere. What is the average age this happens? Thanks

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Meghan - posted on 03/17/2011

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It could be! I think sleep patterns depend on the family routine and each individual child, rather than a set age.
If I remember right, my son dropped the third nap at 10 months when he weaned from nursing, at 18 months he went to one nap, and now at almost 2 1/2 I am lucky to get a 2 hour nap out of him-if he needs it or not. (He naps at daycare no problem, but my weekends with him..I think he fights a nap in order to spend that extra time with me)
Maybe turn the usual third nap into quiet time together (if possible). Cuddle and read a book or sing some songs to her.

Mel - posted on 03/16/2011

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my daughter is nearly 8 months and has had only 2 sleeps for at least a few months now...the second one I have to wake her after about half and hour because she goes to sleep generallybetween 4 and 5pm. I would try keep awake til bed time

Mabel - posted on 03/16/2011

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That is about the age mine was when he stopped the nap altogether.He will lie down sometimes if he didn't sleep well the night before but I leave the choice up to him .When he gets to the point he is ready for one he goes to his room and lies down on his own.

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Bonnie - posted on 03/18/2011

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Both my boys only took two naps a day. By the age of 18 months, my older son didn't want to nap at all (only on long car rides). My younger son barely naps now and he is 2.5.

Krissy - posted on 03/17/2011

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If you want to drop a nap when there's usually 2... try to get them to stay up a lil longer with the first one or two naps... they will start to nap a little longer with them and you can easily drop the third.

My kids, once they were past the "feed / sleep on demand stage..." moved onto two naps during the day... they never took three on a regular basis but they slept at least 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours each nap, so that's probably why.

As he gets older, if you want baby to start taking longer naps, then push them until they are tired to start with and then make sure they have a good routine, also, don't go in immediately (unless they are unsafe like always trying to get out of crib)... when they first wake.. let them lay around and stir themselves slowly. Or perhaps, if they wake too soon, they will go back to sleep.

April - posted on 03/17/2011

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My son never took 3 naps!! He always took 2 and then dropped the 2nd nap around his first birthday. He is just 2 now and I am crossing my fingers for at least 1 more year of naps!!

Jessica - posted on 03/17/2011

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6-7 months was when my older son went from 3 naps to 2. I think it was a kind of rough transition that involved moving his bedtime a little earlier.

At 18 months he finally went from 2 naps to 1, and that was sad! It was hard for a while too, because 1 nap was not enough and he was soooo tired and cranky, but no matter what would not take 2.

Jenn - posted on 03/17/2011

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Tonya - at 6 months old your son went to his room to lay down for a nap by himself?!?

I honestly don't remember my kids having 3 naps a day - though I'm sure they did. I do know that we stopped the second nap somewhere around the 1 year mark, and my son stopped napping altogether just after his 3rd birthday. Luckily my girls still nap for at least 2 hours a day (they're 2).

Kunang - posted on 03/17/2011

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Thanks ladies, I do think its the beginning. Although sometimes shes grumpy up until bedtime without her nap, or she'll pass out on our afternoon walk which is about 5pm which I try to prevent quite unsuccessfully. I do like your idea Meghan, of a quiet lie down together.

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