My son is a very active 17 month old. I try to not compare my situation with other moms and their children, but I keep hearing that a lot of the kids his age are down to one nap. He isnt. He gets up about 6 am and eats around 7 am. Plays for about 1.5 hours and is grabbing his blanket and heading up the steps for bed. Is this too soon or should I just follow his cues? He will sleep in the mornings for 2 hours sometimes and then takes a afternoon nap around 2pm for about an hour. I have o trouble with his nightime routine. He goes to bed at 7:30 pm everynight and sleeps wonderfully through the night. Should I just not tinker with a good thing? Will he let me know when he is ready to give up that second nap? He sleep right away and doesnt play in the crib, so that tells me is legitimately sleepy. Any suggestions? Should I be happy that i have the time?

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Tarilyn - posted on 02/10/2009

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My only suggestion is to not worry about it. Cherish that time you get! Some moms would die for it (me being one of them lol) When he is ready to give up that second nap, he will. My daughter NEVER napped, but has always slept anywhere from 12-20 hours a night! Every child is different. Some need more sleep then others. One thing you need to remember also, is that kids tend to sleep more when going through growth spurts and such as well! My daughter wakes between 7-8am but goes to bed usually around 4:30-5:30pm! She leads it herself! Kids will let you know how much sleep they need! If he is not fighting the morning nap, nor is he just in there playing around, then I see no need to get rid of it! My daughter is 20 months old and extremely active. When she goes to bed as early as she does, her head hits the pillow and shes out for the night...not a peep till morning! Some kids need more sleep then others, and after another growth spurt or two he may decide he doesnt need that nap and you'll miss it lol! Take advantage of the time you have now! (I would die for a nap during the day, so I could get things done, because I am dead on my feet by the time shes in bed for the night and its only mid afternoon haha!)

Johanna - posted on 02/09/2009

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hun no worries my son did the exact same thing but during those naps actually slept longer. he did this all clear up tell about a month ago and he is 20 months now. i talk to my doctor about it and he said my son just likes his sleep. if they are tired they are tired for a reason. your son probably is move active during his awake times then others so he get tired sooner. my son has always gone to sleep between 6 and 7 and has always slept thru the night. he still takes a 3 to 4 hour nap every day when most his age dont even take an hour nap. so enjoy your down time mommys need that. and like i said i did talk to my doctor about it and he said your kid knows what he needs so listen

Amanda - posted on 02/09/2009

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Enjoy the time!!  I have a 16 month old who goes to bed around 7 wakes at 6 or 7 and still takes anywhere between 1-3 naps a day depending on the day.  However I can tell that she is really cutting back to 2 naps a day and I see no problem with that, expecially if they are going down right away and not playing around.  That shows that they really are tired and need that time to rest, plus little kids need more sleep when they are growing.  Mine went through a growth spurt last month and she was taking at least 3 naps a day.  Enjoy this time and dont worry about it, before you know it they wont want to even take one nap and you will be begging them too :)

Shawna - posted on 02/08/2009

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Don't mess with a good thing!!! If your son needs the sleep, keeping him up will just upset him and you! As long as he is healthy and happy, let him sleep!!!

Maureen - posted on 02/08/2009

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Enjoy it while it lasts. If it starts interfering with his night time routine then alter his schedule. My daughter went to one nap pretty quik but it was for three hours. Their bodies are just busy growing. Have fun doing something for yourself during this time.

Fiona - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi ya



Although i agree that he will let you know when he is ready to cut back on his sleep, i still think you should try to reduce and eliminate the morning nap gradually. you wont be depriving him of sleep because i ideally he his lunch nap should be the biggest one of the day i would suggest something like this



 



nap times



Morning - 9.30 to 10.00/10.15



Lunch - 12.30- 2/2.30



 



It will be hard and takes a couple of weeks.



 



Most toddlers not ALL will show signs of needing to cut back on their morning nap one of the signs is they cut down on their lunch nap!



But hey ONLY YOU know you lil man so be guided by what you think.. If he is going to start nursery soon then i would act coz a lil one who goes from two naps to one will be a nightmare.. Goodluck and keep me posted love Fi xxxxx



 

Jana - posted on 02/06/2009

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I wouldn't be worried at all, he knows if he needs sleep or not, I think it would be different if you were "forcing" him to take naps, but it sounds like he heads for naps on his own.  My sister in law has 4 kids and she said all of her kids slept diferently.  Some were down to 1 nap at 6 months, other slept twice a day for 1 1/2 each.  Some took naps until they were 5/6 yrs old.  Every kids is different, if he is on a routine, don't worry and I wouldn't mess with it. 

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You should consider yourself lucky! As long as your child is going to bed at night with no problem & sleeping through the night don't mess with a good thing. Your child must need the sleep & will cut out the two-nap deal when they no longer need it. My older two used to take two naps & now I wish they would take one good nap & go to bed easily.

Bethany - posted on 02/06/2009

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I think as long as their sleeping good at night then let them sleep as much as they want during the day!! It's when they can't fall asleep or they're up all night that you would want to cut back. Enjoy it! Soon all you'll want them to do is sleep more! Like my 7 and 5 year old who think sleeping past 6:00 a.m is some sort of a sin!

Kelly - posted on 02/06/2009

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I agree that this is not a concern.  Be happy that he naps well, as 2 out of my 3 daughters persistently refused to nap at all at this age, and were just really cranky most of the time!  If he is very active as you mentioned, then he must need the sleep....

Tiffany - posted on 02/06/2009

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You sure are a lucky momma! I would definitely let this blessing be! If your little guy is sleeping, it is probably because he needs to. My doctor said that children this age need about 14-16 hours of sleep per day/night for proper physical/neurological development.

Misty - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son is 19 months old today and does the same thing when i am home with him when he goes back to daycare he will just have a nap after lunch around 11:30 12ish and he does fine either way just there they make them stay doing things. I would not be worried he still is growing and needs his rest. any doctor will say the same its fine...

Gena - posted on 02/06/2009

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Enjoy it while you can!!!  My son took 2 great naps until about 18-19 mos and now takes one 2 hour nap...which is still OK.  He will let you know when he doesnt need that morning nap any more.   Mine would do the same thing...about 2 hours after he got up, he would get his blanket and go into his room.  Slowly, he stopped doing that so early and then we pushed it back to after lunch.  Now, he gets up about 7 and goes down for his nap between 12-1230.  Enjoy the 2 naps...you will miss them when they are gone:)

Alexandra - posted on 02/06/2009

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my son is going on 20months and some times he only takes one nap on other occassions he takes 2, play running around and stuff like that will make them realy tierd, for now i wouldnt worry about it but, if it persists for maybe another 3 months then mention it to ur pediatrician. hope this helps

Sarah - posted on 02/06/2009

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i am worried about the exact same thing my 14 month old daughter sleeps through the night from around 5:30-6pmill between 5 and 6am and still takes two naps during the day for around an hour each.i only have trouble putting her down if she is sick other than that straight in the crib rolls over and not a peep from her. she has always been a great sleeper from the day she came home from the hospital.i've been told dont worry,toddlers are active and wont oversleep and to basiacally enjoy the down time

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