How to Smoothly Transition From Two Naps Down To One! 

Most toddlers drop their second nap between twelve and eighteen months of age, however my recommendation is to avoid losing the nap too soon, somewhere between fourteen to eighteen months is ideal.

It’s important to remember that before you decide to drop a nap, make sure that the signs are consistent with your child being developmentally ready, this includes not just the result of a few ‘off’ days or the schedule you’d like to have.

Your child’s morning naps are generally the most restorative, which makes them particularly crucial for young babies who need the nap for early brain development. Therefore, it is essential not to cut them out too early.

In this blog I will offer some tips and suggestions on how to mange this tricky stage!

Recognising the Signs

Before embarking on the nap transition adventure, it's essential to recognise when your toddler is ready. Signs may include consistently fighting the second nap, taking longer to fall asleep during the second nap, or having trouble settling down for bedtime.

 

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Gradual Transition

Abrupt changes can be unsettling for babies, so opt for a gradual transition. Start by adjusting the timing of the first nap, pushing it later in the day. This will help your baby build up more wake time between the two naps. Over the course of a week or two, continue to shift the schedule until you reach a single midday nap.

Reduce Your Baby's 1st Nap

To facilitate the transition, try reducing the morning nap gradually. Aim for the first nap to be between 15mins-1hr. This helps your baby become more tired by the second nap, making it easier for them to embrace a more consolidated nap schedule. Engage in stimulating activities, both mentally and physically, to keep your baby alert during the extended wake windows.

 

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Encourage a Longer Midday Nap

As your baby transitions to one nap, it's essential to encourage a more extended midday nap to compensate for the reduced/loss of the first nap.

Keeping it Consistent

Toddlers thrive on routine, and consistency is key during this transition. Establish a predictable nap-time routine, including activities like reading a book, singing a lullaby, or dimming the lights. Consistency provides comfort and signals to your toddler that it's time to wind down.

Embracing Flexibility

While consistency is essential, it's equally vital to embrace flexibility. Some days, your toddler might need a bit more sleep, while other days, they may be content with a shorter nap. Pay attention to their cues and adjust the schedule as needed.

Encouraging Quiet Time

Transitioning to one nap doesn't mean the end of downtime. Introduce the concept of quiet time during the morning or afternoon when your toddler isn't napping. This allows them to rest and recharge, even if they aren't sleeping.

Adjusting Bedtime

As you transition from two naps to one, you may find that your baby needs an earlier bedtime to compensate for the reduced daytime sleep. Pay attention to your baby's cues and adjust their bedtime accordingly. A well-rested baby is more likely to adapt positively to the changes in their nap routine.

Patience is Key

Transitions take time, and it's normal for your baby to experience some fussiness or disruptions in sleep patterns during this period. Be patient and supportive, offering comfort and reassurance as needed. Consistency and patience are key elements in helping your baby adapt to the new nap routine.

This video can offer further tips and suggestions on how to mange this tricky stage!


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