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DD is 16 months old, and usually takes 2 naps a day, I really think that she is ready for just 1 nap a day. On the days that we are out (which aren't that often) she will only take a mid-day nap and then go to bed between 7-8pm, when she takes 2 naps she'll stay up until 10pm. She used to always go to bed between 7-8pm even with 2 naps so that's why I think 2 naps are too much now. Anyway, so what do I do? I have always just followed her cues about naptime, bedtime, etc... today I tried taking her for a walk when she would noramlly take her am nap, hoping that she's skip the nap, we got back from our walk, and guess who is sleeping in my arms as I type this! Any suggestions?<br>
I'm putting this in Toddlers because it wasn't about the family bed or nightime.
 

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When we were transitioning to one big nap I used the playground as our morning activity. My dd would stay stimulated with the other children and activities at the playground and then she would crash for one big nap from 12 - 2 pm or something like that. If I recall we went through a period where she couldn't stay awake until after lunch so she her nap would start at 11 am but I still kept her at one nap a day and bedtime was adjusted each day between 7 - 8 pm.<br><br>
I think the trick with the transition period is keeping them awake late in the afternoon (if they've had an earlish nap) so that they are sleepy at bedtime. You'll see the transition period evolve on its own as your dd is naturally able to stay awake for longer periods each morning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think we're pretty much down to 1 nap/day now. DD just turned 16 months.<br><br>
We keep her outside after about 10 a.m. If we're in the house she gets cranky and out of sorts but she's pretty happy for the most part outside. We just do whatever she wants to do.<br><br>
I've also started giving her a snack at about 11 a.m., rather than waiting until closer to 12 for lunch. She's just too tired by then.<br><br>
We've also started a consistent routine of nursing, then dh takes dd into the bedroom, reads a couple of books and then she goes to sleep on some part of his body.<br><br>
She sleeps from 1 to 3 hours.<br><br>
We've also moved our dinnertime up so that we're finished by about 6 p.m. Sometimes we give dd a bath, sometimes not. Depends how tired she is.<br><br>
She's also going to bed between 7 and 8 p.m. now which is great. Now if I could only get her to sleep past 6 a.m!!
 

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My son went to one nap around 11 months. Too early for me, but oh well! I just followed his lead. I remember the transition period was rough and we had some trouble with getting him to bed before midnight during that time (heck, sometimes still have that trouble from time to time now). After a couple weeks, he took only one nap consistently.<br><br>
So, I guess I didn't do anything. He did it on his own. When he really wanted to sleep, or not, there was no stopping him.
 
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