Anyone else's toddler have their biggest nap in the morning?

(6 Posts)
MortifiedAdams Tue 26-Feb-13 10:19:13

I work shifts and so DD is either at the CMs all day or goes there about 1.30/2pm ish. She is 14mo. She tends (on my days off and when im on lates) to have a mahoosive nap 9.30-11.30am. Then, sometimes she will have a 20min snooze at the CMs or home. Sometimes not at all. She is waking through the night (partially due to a bad cough waking her and in part, I think, to just learning to walk and it being so exciting for her).

Should I try and jig around her naps? Im not sure how I would even be able to accomodate a long afternoon nap and she would then sleep right through the time we would need to leave to be at CMs, yet everyone says they should have a lunchtime/afternoon big nap, and most on here seem to only have half an hour in the mornings.

I had intentions of waking her after 45 mins this morning, but then realised her need for the next nap would fall right over the drop off time. Its quite busy and full on at CMs (another toddler and school aged kids) so DD quite likes to get stuck in and play, so maybe the long AM nap works?

Just worried im getting ehr into bad habits.

ShowOfHands Tue 26-Feb-13 10:24:29

Honestly? Don't worry? My DS is 17mo and he likes a big morning nap. It's fine, it actually suits us. He has a big nap in the morning after dd has gone to school (usually 10-12 ish) and then a catnap maybe or nothing at all in the afternoon while picking dd up. I tried rejigging it but he just got upset.

Interestingly, he's only started this pattern since having disturbed nights. He got all of his molars in one go and then his canines all started coming through but slowly, along with bleeding gums and a lot of pain. Plus a cough and cold here and there. I think he gets a nice, restful sleep in the morning and it suits him just fine.

If it ain't broke etc.

He's asleep on my lap atm in fact.

MortifiedAdams Tue 26-Feb-13 10:35:01

Ahh great, I can relax then. Funny you linking it to teeth - about six weeks ago DD got three molars in together and since then this has been her sort of pattern. She has a terrible cough at the moment and we are all suffering with broken sleep (her included) and it's nice to think that she is having a proper rest. She went down at 8.45 and is still asleep.

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 26-Feb-13 10:38:11

DS is 14mo he naps either 10-12 or 9-10&12-1. No afternoon nap at all.

He's not grumpy or sleeping badly at night so I'm happy.

SuperDuperTrooper Tue 26-Feb-13 11:28:50

My DS is also 14 months. He has an hour and half nap about 10.30am then has another 45 mins usually in the afternoon at his childminders. He has always slept longer in the mornings than the afternoons since going to 2 naps a day. It works for us as he sleeps through. My only gripe is that he tends to wake up very early most mornings but can't imagine that his nap schedule is responsible for that.

Tolly81 Tue 26-Feb-13 14:27:30

My 10 month old dd does the same -1.5-2hr nap late morning, about 30 mins in the afternoon (if anything). Don't worry about it!

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