Naps

Naomi - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Are any of your one-year-olds starting to transition to one nap? My son has always slept about an hour in the morning and a couple in the afternoon at around the same time but is now starting to resist. I kind of go with the flow now and every day is different as far as when to put him down and how long he will sleep. Quite different from our once very structured days. Just wanted to see if anyone else is going through what I think is some kind of transition to one nap. How many ended up with a morning nap or an afternoon nap and how long before they seem content with one nap? Or - any of you had this happen and then they went back to a regular schedule? Could it just be a growth spurt or something?

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Denise - posted on 11/07/2008

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My daughter has turned into a 'nap faker'. She displays all her sleep signs and then will not take a nap. We are still doing two but it can take a few times to get her to actually lay down to take the nap. We have tried for schedules but she seems to resist them. And, worst of all, she is a really early riser. Today she was up before 5 am.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/07/2008

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My guy turned one on Oct 1 and a few weeks after, we noticed he was fighting the AM nap. Playing, then crying, then only sleeping for 20 min. then one day he started spontaneously sleeping later in the morning. Once he did that, he started the one nap pretty easily, without a lot of fuss. I think they let you know that they're ready.

Victoria - posted on 11/03/2008

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my daughter turned a year old on the 4th and within a week she was taking only one nap a day! it was weird. she always had to have 2 two hour naps and now its one 2 hour nap and shes done for the day.

Naomi - posted on 11/03/2008

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Thanks for your comments and advice. I am slowly transitioning now to earlier lunches so that he can have one nap right after lunch in between 12:30 and 1:30. Some days he makes it until then but if he wakes up a little earlier I'll have him take a short nap around 9 or 9:30 am and a regular lunch and afternoon nap. I have found that he has to be pretty much exhausted now to go down for a nap other wise he plays in his crib for too long and then just gets frustrated. We're still keeping a good night routine of going to bed around 7:30. Some days he gets up at 7 or 8am and others 6am so it helps to be flexible and squeeze in a morning nap on the early bird days. It is nice to have all of the morning some days to not have to worry about a nap and have more time to go and do things. I'm still just taking it one day at a time and making sure he gets his rest because -wow- do kids get cranky when their tired! Good luck to all the rest of your one nap transitions!

Alysia - posted on 11/02/2008

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My daughter has just cut out her morning nap and now she has one nap which is normally in the early afternoon. It has made our schedule a little different. But at least now we can do our running around in the morning instead of waiting until 2pm and running into the school aged children at 3pm.

Christine - posted on 11/02/2008

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push for the afternoon nap, if he sleeps a few hours then already (like mine does). I shoot for 12:30/1 to put him down. It took Sam about a week to transition, but he was definitly ready. As far as growth spurts go, he'll probably need more sleep when he hits a big one, and if he seems to need a nap in the morning during that time, wake him up after 30/45 min. or you might have a hard time getting him to sleep for his regular nap.

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We are dealing with the same thing right now. James has always been on such a great 2 nap schedule and now we are trying to work the schedule that will work with 1 nap. I am just trying to take it slow and do just like I did when we started the schedule so that this new one will work for our day to day routine

Jana - posted on 11/01/2008

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my daughter is only taking one nap a day now. she goes down around 12:30 or 1:00. Sometimes she is tired sooner, depends on what time she wakes up in the morning, but i usually just leave her until that time.

Jennifer - posted on 11/01/2008

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I am going through this now with my second daughter. Keep them up in the morning but push up the afternoon nap. I believe maintaining a schedule helps with keeping everyone on track for bedtime. I subscribe to the 1 to 3 pm afternoon nap but right now we started out with a 12 to 2 because it was hard to hold her off but have been graduallly pushing it back to 1 so that both my toddler and 1 year old nap at the same time. Hope this helps.

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elijah started on just one nap a couple weeks ago. it started when he would usually take his morning nap, and when i put him down for his 2nd nap, he would just laugh and talk to himself. and i found him waking up a couple of times during the night. so i had to a deep breath and convince myself he's down to one nap a day. i try to push it to 11 and he'll usually sleep til 1pm. and now i put him down to bed earlier, at 7pm. nowadays, i'll just put him down in his crib and give him a pretend afternoon nap to calm down, if he's cranky. he won't sleep, but he calms down.

Ash - posted on 10/31/2008

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our little miss has to wake up pretty early so we can get our older kids off to school (we're talking 6:30 ish) and that has solidified her need for a morning nap, and then takes another at 2:30ish. on the rare occasion that no one has anywhere to go in the morning she'll try to wake up at 6:30 but i'll put her back down and then she sleeps till after 8. if it's a sleep-in morning, she doesn't take a morning nap at all, but does go down in the afternoon earlier, around 1 or so and sleeps longer, till almost 4 or later some times.

Genevieve - posted on 10/29/2008

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Yep. We went from two hour naps to 45 minutes just like that. Some days we only get one nap and others we get three. He used it be on a tight schedule and now he is all over the place,

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2008

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When my daughter started daycare in September, she went to just one nap. Occasionally on the weekends, she will fall asleep in the morning in the car, but then it's tough to get her afternoon nap in. Her afternoon nap seems to be the one that makes or breaks the day. If she doesn't get one, she is in meltdown mode before dinner.

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