cutting out morning nap

Becky - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering how old your child was when you stopped the morning nap. My son is almost 16 months and for the last two days we've stopped the morning nap but it seems like torture to get him to 12:30 or 1pm for the afternoon one. He gets soooo tired!! Any advice, comments would benefit!! Thanks.

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Rebekah - posted on 06/27/2011

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My daughter is 18 months. She used to take 2 naps a day. Her morning nap was at 10:00-12ish. The afternoon was 2:00-4:00. Now that she has gotten older she takes a afternoon nap fro 12:30 to 2:30. She does okay, today she grabbed her babies and headed to her room about 5:00 and wanted to take a nap, she slept for about an hour. I would just watch him, if he is anything like my daughter he will give you signs when he is ready to sleep. Good luck.

Dale - posted on 06/16/2011

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I have 2 children, my almost 5 year old daughter, Allie and my 16 month old son, Ethan. My daughter had an afternoon nap up until last year and even on occasion she will need a nap. Both of my kids were great sleepers, I had them on a routine and both slept for 12 hours a night (7-7) since being a few weeks old. My son, at 16 months now, still has his morning nap. We wake at around 7-730 am, we have a busy morning of getting ready and such to walk for 30 mins to bring my daughter to school, when I get home my son will lay down at around 9 am, and wake at around 10:30-10:50 am, after lunch he has his second nap at 1 or 1:30 and will nap until 3:30. I have been starting to wonder myself if he is sleeping too much, he still goes to bed without a fight between 7-7:30 pm. Last night however, he woke screaming in the middle of the night, so after trying to lay him back down with no luck, I took him into my room and it seemed he wanted to play. I don't know if it is related to him still having 2 naps or not but I am going to try to break him from his morning nap and see if it still happens, of course I won't attempt that today as he had a horrible sleep last night. Needless to say, I have read many different opinions and routines. My belief is that if he is getting the proper nutrition, and still requires a nap while sleeping well through the night then I don't see an issue. At 16 months old, he will sleep only if he is tired, and if he is tired let him have his nap.

Vanessa - posted on 02/04/2009

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My daughter was about 17 months when she stopped the morning nap. We did the 1 nap earlier for a while. Lunch at 11am and then nap. She is almost 2 and now has her nap at 1pm.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/21/2009

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My daughter was in day care, and they stopped the morning naps after the kids moved into the Toddler room at age 1. She transitioned just fine. But since your son appears to be at home with you, I say, do whatever you and he need.

Brenda - posted on 01/18/2009

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Mine was probably about fifteen months when he stopped the morning nap, and about twenty two months when he stopped napping altogether...  Yeah, I was unlucky....  He did sleep for twelve to fifteen hours straight at night, unless he did manage to take a nap, then he just seemed to sleep that much less at night.

Leslie - posted on 01/18/2009

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With both of my girls, I have just watched them. My youngest is 16 months old and she takes one nap a day for about half the week and two naps for the other half. I say that you should transition your son into it. Watch for his cues. My 16 month old sometimes prefers to go down in the morning and will easily skip an afternoon nap. It's just a matter of what works for you and your son. It shouldn't be tough on either of you, so if one nap isn't working... let him take his morning nap until it seems like he can make it longer. Good luck! :)

Tanya Bauer - posted on 01/18/2009

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My little girl was about 18 months, maybe a little older when she stopped her morning nap. She would take a nap between 11:15/11:30 and sleep till around 1, and then she would start to meltdown around 5:30 but somehow I got her to make it until 7 for dinner. We just changed her to a toddler bed (she's 22 months now) at Christmas and she changed herself to a 12:30 nap. If it isn't interfering with his sleeping, then I would say stick with the 2 naps. We only changed to one because if she took 2 she would be up around 5 in the morning. Good Luck!

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