My ds1 was 15 months and his morning nap stayed strong, we just couldn't get him to go back to sleep in the afternoon, unless it was reeeaally late, so we just pushed his AM nap until after lunch and he did much better in the evening, and then night time was a little earlier for a couple months. He still takes an afternoon nap.
However, ds2 is 15 months and I want him to go down to one nap, but he can't do it yet. At least not often. I make him skip his AM nap if we do a playdate in the morning or if we have to go some where, but I try to stay at home and accomodate him, it can't go on forever...
My fantasy is that soon they'll both just take one nap at the same time every day and I can have some alone time.
My dd started transitioning from 2 naps to 1 at about 10 months of age, all on her own. She had been napping for 1 hr. in the morning and 1 hr. in the afternoon. The first nap never shortened. Instead, she just started staying awake some days through the morning nap, and would sleep slightly earlier in the afternoon and stay asleep longer. Other days she'd still opt for the morning and afternoon seistas. I never insisted on a regular naptime, and I just let her sleep when she was sleepy, and within about a month she was regularly down to one nap of 2 hrs. in length (sometimes 3 hrs. if she had had a rough night or was sick). It was kind of rough during the transistion period to make any plans during the day, because I never knew when she was going to nap, but now that she's only napping once/day, it makes things so much easier.
Now, at 17 months, she sometimes doesn't nap at all (not that commonly, but every so often). My mother told me that I was done with naps by the age of 2, so perhaps she'll give up napping early, too, since she seems to have dropped down to one nap pretty early... Who knows? My philosophy is that they'll sleep when they're tired, eat when they're hungry, and not when they're not. When they're ready to give up a nap, they will, and I'm sure that's a different time for every child.
DS, who will be 2 next week, transitioned to one nap from two just about a month ago. His second nap kept getting later and later until it was interfering with bedtime and making him cranky. We stopped suggesting a second nap and now he tends to go to bed a bit earlier than he used to. He also moved his morning nap down about an hour and a half, sleeping longer as an only nap than he did when it was the first of two.
Dd (2.5) transitioned to 1 nap on her own just after her first birthday. She started sleeping for 3 hrs in the afternoon which was a godsend because I could get my supper cooked while she slept instead of juggling. Now she seems to be transitioning again. She is pushing her afternoon nap later and later. She still can't make it without one (not happily anyway) but she tries more often. Today she finally crashed at 3:45. If I don't wake her by 6:00 she'll have a terrible time getting to sleep tonight at a decent hour. I firmly believe toddlers should be in bed asleep before 9:30. Lately I've been forced to take a stand on this issue because she wants to stay up later, but I can't hang much later than 9:30 so thems the rules. If she's not in bed by 9:15 there will be no story (not as punishment, just because that's when mommy's eyes snap shut.)
Originally posted by Mothernature I firmly believe toddlers should be in bed asleep before 9:30.
I think that totally depends on the family. If you are tired by 9:30, you have to do what works for your family. Other families find a later bedtime is no problem, and that neither the parents nor the toddler are truly sleepy before 9:30. I don't think you can make a blanket rule as to when toddlers should be in bed.
I knew I'd get flamed for that statement. I would go into my reasoning for that but I also believe that all families should do what works for them so I won't argue the specifics with someone who is willing to take offense to my statement.
i think it was before he was one, i cant remember too well, but i know that we did a waterbabies swim class at 1030 am and he would be tired a lot of times (he was 6 months) and cranky if he didnt sleep late enough in the am, and then i would get him home and feed him and he would sleep.... but he used to also take a 4-5 hour nap all the time, so thats probably why it worked for us so early......
My dd dropped her morning nap at about 13 months. It was a very difficult time for us. She didn't want to sleep, but would be tired and cranky when she didn't. Finally, she went to one nap at noon for at least 2 hours. I hate to say this, but it was six months before she could make it through the morning without being tired.
I hope you don't have the same kind of experience. I hear that it is not so difficult of a transition for everyone. I dread the time when she tries to drop her noon nap.
My dd took two, 2-hour naps a day for many months, probably until she was almost 2. THis was nice because ds came along when she was 20 months old and i had lots of quiet time. Ds hasn't turned out to be quite the napper. He still MUST have a nap to be a happy boy all day long, and usually wants a morning nap. I try to push it until after lunch so they both sleep at the same time. Sometimes, he'll get a cat nap in the car while we're running dd to preschool or on errands. That's perfect, and he'll still do a couple hours in the afternoon, and be ready for bed by 8 or so. Dd still naps for 2-3 hours in the afternoon and is ready for bed by around 9.
My DS just went to one nap - the am nap around 10am was no problem, but when I tried again around 2:30 or 3 he would very often just not sleep; he'd just relax with me on the bed and laugh/smile. Its been a challenge though - he has been waking up about an hour or so into the nap and is still tired, then I lie him back down and he will sometimes sleep another 30 or 40 minutes. So, it may take a while, but he's doing good so far.
I don't remeber exactly when Ian cut back to one nap daily but it was in the 12-14 month range. At 22 months, he sometimes tries to skip his nap but it always catches up with him and he'll pass out in the evening if there's been no afternoon nap.
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