Consolidating to one nap
I began by slowly extending Madi’s morning nap, which started at 10 am.
The first week I pushed the nap to am, then to 11am, then to am, and finally to 12pm.
Up until 15 months old, Madi was having two naps per day. I took this as a signal that she might just need one nap per day.
From what I have heard, other children may start napping longer during their first nap, refusing their first or second nap, or falling asleep later for their afternoon nap.
Some days were ok, as she would take a prolonged first nap for 2-3.5 hours in the early afternoon, and then she would be able to go to sleep at her normal bedtime of 7pm.If your unsure about how much time your toddler should be napping, check my previous article that explores the National Sleep Foundations recommendations for sleep, as well as the average sleep nap for toddlers.There doesn’t seem to be evidence based medicine about how to transition to one nap – so I will just talk about my own personal experiences and the experiences of my patients and mom friends.Though Hailey usually struggled with both, sometimes she would snooze solidly in the morning, then fight the afternoon with all her might. If we were on a long trip (4 hours), Hailey usually slept for a bit at her normal nap time; otherwise she stayed awake just fine.
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Today I put him in his crib at and I am pretty sure he didn't fall asleep until . Needless to say, I had to wake him up from his second nap at and then pushed bedtime back to closer to 8pm.