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Knowing when your child is ready to drop a nap can be difficult. Knowing when they are ready to drop the very last nap, can be a bit daunting.
Our children like to go through phases (sleep regressions) where they try and tell us they no longer need the nap. We have to be savvy enough parents to see through this and know whether or not they truly need a nap or not.
Click this link to read more about age specific sleep regressions.
The good news, is that there are some general guidelines that you can follow on when to drop the last nap.
There are also some telltale signs to keep in mind, and behaviors that your toddler will exhibit (or not) if they are ready to drop the nap, versus just being stubborn and not wanting to sleep.
Things to consider when determining if your child is ready to drop to no naps:
First and foremost is to consider your child’s age. A 2-year-old is not ready to stop napping. Odds are, your 3-year-old is not ready to stop napping, although can be ready at this age. Typically it is not until age 4 that your child is truly ready to drop the nap altogether.
So, if your child is 2 and it appears that they are dropping their last nap of the day, rethink this and give it time. They are most likely in a sleep regression.
Click this link to see how we handled our 2.5 year old trying to drop her naps. (We powered through and she’s now 3.5 and still going strong with her naps a year later).
If your child is 3 and appears to be ready to drop naps, you have some investigation to do (see napping patterns and behaviour below).
If your child is 4, and seemingly to the point of dropping naps, it’s still good to give it time and do some investigation on napping patterns and behaviors before you throw the nap out altogether.
You also want a plan in place on how to make the transition to no naps. Hint: plan on keeping a slot for rest time (post on this to come).
Often times, parents jump the gun and drop the nap too soon. If this happens, you’ll have a cranky toddler on your hands, so be careful and don’t be too quick to drop the nap!
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This week is a big week of blogging for the ladies of the Babywise Friendly Blogging Network (read more about it –> HERE). Our topic is Babywise and sleep. Every day Mon-Fri there will be at least one post on the subject. You can find the links to all of them below:
Once you move on up into the toddler and preschool years, sleep troubleshooting often looks different to troubleshooting sleep issues for babies.
Val does a wonderful job of clearly outlining how much mental and physical exercise affects the sleep of toddlers and preschoolers.
She gives helpful tips to work through any issues you might be having.
Caitlin – Twin Mom and More
7 Ways To Establish Good Sleep Habits From Birth (must-read for expecting moms)
Sleep training is often recommended to be started only after a baby is 4-months old. Really, it is up to the parent’s discretion. However, it is never too early to start establishing healthy sleep habits.
Caitlin has written a brilliant post that gives practical and helpful tips to get you started.
This is a perfect post for the new or expecting mom!
Natasha – Let’s Be Brave
This is often a transition that moms dread because they’re not sure how to go about it.
It can also be daunting wondering what you’re going to do with your child during the hours that they would normally be asleep for.
Natasha has written a great summary of how to know when your child is ready for this transition, as well as how to go about implementing it.
Katrina – Mama’s Organized Chaos
The transition that daunted me more than the 2-1 nap transition was definitely the one where naps are said goodbye to entirely.
Dropping the final nap does not mean that your child does not still need some amount of rest during the day.
Katrina has written up a post that will help you as the parent identify if your child is indeed ready for this last nap transition.
Kim – Team Cartwright
Our kids go to bed at the same time almost every night. They very rarely fall asleep straight away, and I personally have no issue with that.
Kim has written this post to address why its totally okay and actually something you might want! Kids don’t have to fall asleep straight away.
Christine – Christine Keys
Has your baby got colic, reflux, or is just high needs?
You may write Babywise off because your baby is considered outside of the range of ‘normal’.
This post is written to encourage you to reconsider as Babywise has been known to be successful for all kinds of babies. In fact, many moms give testament to it making their lives so much easier!
Carrie – Wiley Adventures
There is a ton of information out there about how to implement healthy sleep habits for babies, however, I love that Carrie has written a post about how to continue that with older children.
Older children still have difficulties with sleep at times and still require healthy boundaries in order to flourish.
Emily – The Journey of Parenthood
Believe it or not but babies are not all the same. Rocket science, right?
In all seriousness, this post from Emily on addressing levels of sleep needs is incredibly helpful as a parent.
It is so important to be able to recognise in the individual needs of our children so that we can do our best to set them up for success.
Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
Motherhood has always been my passion and blogging has only added to that and given me a creative outlet to share about the things I love.
As my blog has grown, my desire to share the knowledge of what makes my life less stressful, simplified, and more fulfilled has become one of my driving forces.
I have a heart for mothers that feel as though they are just existing from day to day and are longing for more. You can find out more about me and my family over on my ‘About Me‘ page.
As well as the abundance of posts you’ll find on my blog, you can also find me over at Today Parenting.