Napping: 1 to 2 Years
Recently I’ve noticed that Molly (14 months) has been either shortening her naps or resisting them all together, so I started doing research on schedules for napping 1 to 2 years. I thought I would share the research with all of you in the hopes it helps you know what’s to come OR look for signs of when your child is ready to move from 2 to 1 naps.
We are starting the process of transition her from 2 to 1 naps in the next week or so & will keep you updated on our progress !
Research via BabyCenter.com
The experts unanimously agree on the average child’s need to nap and on a napping schedule: Newborns sleep as much and as long as they need to. Between 4 and 12 months, babies move to two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each ranging from 20 minutes to three hours. In their second year, most toddlers take a single two-hour nap in the middle of the day, and by their third birthday, some will have given up naps entirely. As with most other sleep issues, consistency is essential.
N A P P I N G
|Mindell’s view||By 15 months, some children start to give up their morning nap. If you can, have your child nap in the same place that he sleeps at night. A set nap time in a set place will ensure that he gets the sleep he needs. The best times for naps are mid- to late morning for morning naps and early afternoon for afternoon naps. Don’t let your child nap past 4 in the afternoon, or he’ll have problems going to sleep at night. At least three hours should elapse between the end of an afternoon nap and bedtime. Make nap times consistent. Read more about Mindell.|
|Ferber’s view||At this age, your child may give up his morning nap. Two daytime naps may cut into his nighttime sleep. Read more about Ferber.|
|The AAP’s view||The AAP does not address this issue. Read more about the AAP.|
|Brazelton’s view||Two naps are no longer predictable, although putting your child down for a short time in the morning and again in the afternoon is recommended. By the time he’s 18 months old, don’t expect more than one nap per day, usually between noon and 2 p.m. Don’t let your child sleep past 3, or you may have a harder time getting him to bed at night. Read more about Brazelton.|
|By this age, most children drop their morning naps but still need an afternoon rest of an hour or two. If your toddler is a reluctant napper, encourage him by lying down with him. It also helps to schedule naps for the same time each day and to make sure the napping room is quiet and dark. Try playing soft music, nestling with him in a rocking chair, or lying down with him on a bed. Read more about Sears.|