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I have always let DS nap whenever he wants. I always just listen for and watch his cues. He still naps 2-3 times per day at 12mos old. The naps aren't consistent. Morning nap is sometimes an hour after waking up and sometimes 3 hrs after waking up. Sometimes he naps for an hour, sometimes 3 hrs. When home he can get pretty cranky without this morning nap, but when out and about it is easier for him to skip the morning nap (or have a very shortened version of it) because there is so much more going on to keep him distracted and he isn't cranky doing so. And then come afternoon time he may sleep for 3hrs.<br><br>
Should I start trying to phase out the morning nap? If so, how should I do this? Keep him occupied and distracted like if we were out and about? Or should I just keep letting him nap whenever even if inconsistent?<br><br>
By the way, sometimes he still does a nap later in the afternoon/early evening too.
 

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There were two ways I knew my DD was ready to drop a nap--1) she was less happy waking up than when she went to sleep and 2) she resisted/fought going to sleep.<br><br>
I'm curious why you're interested in phasing out a nap? It sounds like he's content with it and and doesn't fight it--maybe he still needs both at this point.
 

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My DD is 12 months next week...she still seems to need the AM nap. I try and stay flexible to her cues and I don't see a real reason to phase out that nap.<br><br>
Are you having sleep issues at night?
 

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My son didn't phase out his 2nd nap until 18 mos or so. The naps naturally started to schedule themselves into one at around 10:30 and one at around 3 (after a LONG time of complete randomness) but eventually we realized they both were only like an hour, and I moved the morning nap to 12. That worked wekk, but then 3 was too early, and any later interfered with bedtime (8:30). So the second nap just kinda went away. For a couple weeks I had a pretty cranky boy at dinnertime, but we just kept him busy and he adjusted really fast.<br><br>
He was the one who signaled readyness, though. I wish he still took 2! I liked the mommy-time. (which I fear I will never see again once I have this second baby... boo hoo! yay baby, though)
 

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I'm not feeling like we have to phase out a nap. I've just been wondering if we should since everything is so random. He still takes 2 or 3 naps a day. If given the chance, like if our day isn't too busy, he will take 3 naps. So he still hasn't completely phased down to 2 naps. But if his morning nap is somehow interrupted and is only a half hour long, he is often okay with that because he is distracted with what is going on and is still his happy self. And then takes a longer afternoon nap to make up for it.<br><br>
Sleep issues, well, he often still wakes every couple of hours or less. But that seems to be getting a bit better lately.<br><br>
Anyhow, I just go with the flow of however our day goes and whatever he needs each day, which I suppose I will continue doing until I really see he's ready ro change up naps. 3 naps a day just seems a bit much still at 12mos and makes it hard to go out sometimes.
 

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I know what you mean about it being hard to get out! Do you have a carrier like a mei tai, sling, Ergo, etc.? At that age, I was able to get a lot done while DD napped (grocery shopping, walks for exercise, etc.)
 
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