Dropping To One Nap
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Dropping to a one-nap schedule can be so freeing!
When your child only takes one nap, it allows you to have the entire morning free to do whatever you want. You no longer feel like your entire life revolves around naps.
Unfortunately, you have to wait about a year and a half before you can drop the second nap.
The age range for dropping the morning nap is really wide.
Most children will be ready somewhere between 14-22 months.
If you think your child is ready to drop the morning nap around 10-12 months, it’s very likely that it’s just a small sleep regression and that she will get passed it or that a schedule change will help.
I’ve tried dropping the morning nap too early with two different kids, and it didn’t go well either time.
I tried to drop Christopher’s morning nap around 14 months, and he just ended up falling asleep on the floor or wherever he was right around morning nap time.
I tried dropping Everly’s morning nap when she was around 11 months (what was I thinking?!).
Turned out it was just a small sleep regression.
Trying to drop her morning nap too early led to other sleep problems, like middle of the night wakings and waking up early in the morning before DWT.
Signs of Readiness
Signs that your child is ready to drop the morning nap are:
- Your child is in the correct age range for dropping the morning nap
- Your child sleeps well for the morning nap but does not sleep well or at all for the afternoon nap
- You have tried adjusting your schedule (lengthening morning wake time, lengthening wake time between morning and afternoon naps) and it has not worked
Read more over at –> Let’s Be Brave
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.