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Napping: 1 to 2 Years

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 :-) !


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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.


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.

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Lately, when the 9:30 a.m. nap rolls around, your babe is wide-awake. What gives? Around 15 months, he’s likely ready to go from two naps a day to just one, especially if he’s sleeping through the night, says Kim West, the “Sleep Lady” and author of Good Night, Sleep Tight. Use this schedule for a fuss-free transition:

Days 1 to 3: Push his morning snooze to 11 a.m. (Host a playdate to keep him up.) Ideally, he’d rest for two hours or more.
Days 4 to 7: Each day, push naptime back 15 to 20 minutes to get closer to a noon siesta.
Days 8 to 10: Continue to push naptime back until it starts at 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. (soon after lunch). You don’t want it to get stuck at 11 a.m., because then your toddler will be awake too long before bedtime, triggering crankiness. Four to five hours is the ideal amount of awake time between nap- and bedtime, says West. The good news: He may stay in this nap routine until he’s 3 or even 4.

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