My twins are almost 15 months and spent 1 week trying to transition them to 1 nap. I thought they were ready, as 1 twin would often take 3 hour naps when I put her down at 10:00am. She would sleep until 1 and then really fight her afternoon nap. Twin 2 was also fighting afternoon naps and they were ending up going to bed so late (10:30 or 11pm), because their afternoon nap was so late that I thought-let me try 1 nap a day for both of them.
For 2 days it worked. They took one long nap after their lunch at 11:30 and slept for 2 1/2 or 3 hours. Then they went to bed early-8:00 or 8:30pm. Well, the three days after that their 1 afternoon nap was only 1 1/2 hours. Not enough, in my thinking, for them to stay up til 8:30pm at night (and get up at 7am), but I still perservered, thinking that the transition would take some time.
Then came the weekend...Saturday they seemed SOOO tired that I had them take a morning nap. Well, same thing happened...fighting, fighting, fighting their second nap and up LATE! Then Sunday they slept in the car coming home from church at 12:00 and then only slept for 1 1/2 hours. Again...fighting nap in the afternoon and late night.
Then comes today...a disaster! The girls were totally tired, cried a lot in the morning, much more fussy than usual. But I thought...let me try 1 nap again, so I don't have to fight that afternoon nap. They went down at 11:45. Twin 1 wouldn't sleep, so she ended up crying herself to sleep after 5 minutes or so. (She was totally OVERTIRED) Twin 2 went down fairly easily, but then they still only slept for 1 hour and 15 minutes! They woke up RIGHT when I was getting their older brother to sleep (who won't sleep without me rocking him...another story, but not the issue right now). I wanted them to go back to sleep, so I nursed them and put them back to sleep. Didn't work, just crying. Then they fought their afternoon nap again, but I ended up making them sleep for almost 2 hours or so total. They woke up at 5:30pm and I suspect that we will all be up late at night tonight.
Now, for your expertise, please help. Do you think they are ready for 1 nap or should I keep giving them 2?
My mom says that sometimes they might take 1 and sometimes they might take 2, but then their schedule seems so messed up that way with sometimes eating lunch early, sometimes late, etc. And then if they sleep just a really short nap and keep it 1 nap, then they won't make it til 8:00pm or 8:30pm, which is the time I would like them to sleep in the evening. We usually don't eat dinner til 7:00 at least, so 8 is the earliest I can get 3 kids to bed.
Anyway, any help or suggestions would be great!