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Signs that Baby is Ready to Drop a Nap

Posted Aug 14 2012 8:12am

Hailey is a great sleeper.  I can’t take too much credit because she was just born that way. Her second week of life she was sleeping predictably and only waking up once during the night. Her naps became predictable after a few more weeks and since then, things have smoothly transitioned from one sleep stage to the next.

Until now.

when t switch baby from 2 naps to 1- sitting up

I have a nap evader on my hands!

OK, that may be a bit dramatic, but lately Hailey’s 2 hour nap in the morning and 2 hour nap in the afternoon have been changing. She isn’t falling asleep as easily. Her naps consist of choppy sleep, not solid naps. She’s waking up earlier than usual.

There is a pattern developing. From sitting up she goes to rolling around and looking bored.

when t switch baby from 2 naps to 1- bored in crib

Followed by a few attempts to sleep.

when t switch baby from 2 naps to 1- eyes open

…but her eyes are open. Then she goes to crying and wanting me to come back in.

when t switch baby from 2 naps to 1- looking out of crib

I felt like it was too early to transition to 1 nap. But after some thorough investigation (on twitter ), I realized that many babies dropped to 1 nap at 11 months (which Hailey will be tomorrow).
..And that some still took 2 naps at 20 months. To each their own. I decided to research further and look up

signs your baby is ready for 1 nap

Your child consistently does not sleep well for both naps- Yes, Hailey has been struggling with both, not sleeping as solidly as she once did.

Your child takes one nap well and totally resists the other nap- Though Hailey usually struggles with both, sometimes she’ll snooze solidly in the morning, then fight the afternoon with all her might.

Your child can go for car rides during the morning without falling asleep- Though if we are on a long trip (4+ hours), Hailey usually sleeps for a bit at her normal nap time, otherwise she stays awake just fine.

Your child cries or fusses for at least 30 minutes when you try to put him down, then falls asleep but only takes a short nap- Usually true. The days of the solid two hour nap are behind us.

He/she begins sleeping later in the morning- Yes. Our old 7am wake up is now closer to 7:30 or 8:00

Your child can remain happy and energetic until bedtime when he/she skips a nap- Yes. Well, I’ve let Hailey skip her afternoon nap a couple times when we’ve been busy and she’s always been fine until bedtime. However, yesterday she took a terrible morning nap and skipped afternoon, which led to a cranky, yet cuddly baby girl.

when t switch baby from 2 naps to 1- cuddly sad baby

All signs point to the fact that Hailey is ready, so I’m going to give it a solid try. I’m going to move lunch earlier, to 12:00 and put her down afterwards. I’m going to keep this up for a couple days straight and see how she adjusts.

Though this means mixing up my good routine I had going, I’ve accepted that it’s no longer up to me. And I do think it would be nice to have the day a little more free. 1 nap is easier to work around than 2!

Moms and dads, help me out. When did you transition to 1 nap?

What were the signs your child was ready?

How old was your child?

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