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Poll - what age did your DC's drop from two naps to one?

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Gab3478 Sat 22-Feb-14 10:44:57

Just what the title says really - my dd is nearly 16 months and I can feel the naps changing but have no idea what to do, everything I have read suggests she should be getting to one nap but she wakes up so bloody early! Her night sleep has always been terrible however getting worse and I wonder if this is because she should just be on one sleep. Her afternoon nap is getting later and later.

Every single day is different and I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, I feel like her schedule is awful at the moment with too late a pm nap, but rough routine is

Awake anywhere from 530 - 630
Nap 1030 (she would go down way earlier than this but I'm trying to push it up), can be 45 mins to 1hr30
Nap between 230/330 and is usually 45 mins to 1 hour
Bed at seven
Wakes as and when she fancies throughout the night

Please help - what age were your dc's and how did you transition? What time should I aim for the one nap?

Thank you wise mummies x

justabigdisco Sat 22-Feb-14 10:48:14

About 10 months. She was having 2 short naps of 30/40 mins so I started keeping her up until after lunch instead and she started napping for 2 hours. Bliss!

justabigdisco Sat 22-Feb-14 10:48:38

(Oh and she's now 2.1 and sometimes doesn't nap at all...)

ilovepowerhoop Sat 22-Feb-14 10:53:45

11 months for both of mine. Mine never went to bed as early as 7pm though. To start with the nap was around 11am and then it got pushed until it was just after lunch.

Lilliana Sat 22-Feb-14 10:59:31

I want to know this too. Dd is 15 months and sleeps 7:30 - 7 / 7:30 and naps around 9:30/10 for about an hour and 2 ish for an hour + This seems like a lot!!

Orangeisthenewbanana Sat 22-Feb-14 11:03:33

10ish months when we dropped the mid morning breastfeed where she used to nap for 20-30 minutes. She point-blank refuses to go down in her cot in the mornings now, even if she's rubbing her eyes etc. Has about a 1.5-2 hour nap after lunch.

Gatorade Sat 22-Feb-14 11:07:08

My (just turned) 2 year old has only just dropped her morning nap, she seems to need an awful lot of sleep, she sleeps for a good 11 to 12 hours at night and 2 hours in the afternoon. She is however incredibly active when she is awake.

If I was you I would maybe try to have an earlier and shorter morning nap (8:30ish) and then a longer nap from 12:30ish in the afternoon.

Highlandbird Sat 22-Feb-14 11:07:32

Watching with interest and marking my place as 10 mo seems to be dropping his morning nap and I thought it was way too early.

jaybirdsinginginthedeadofnight Sat 22-Feb-14 13:14:19


FreeButtonBee Sat 22-Feb-14 13:22:51

Twins. 11months. Can get a bit droopy in the buggy in the am but a rousing rendition of the wheels on the bus sorts it out. DTS defo needed to drop it but DTD would probably have napped twice for a bit longer but with two, they have to be in sync or I would go insane.

StormyBrid Sat 22-Feb-14 13:26:05

Eleven months - a couple of weeks ago. She wakes early but goes back to sleep after milk, usually up for the day between seven and eight. Bedtime at seven pm. The naps were getting shorter and she was resisting them more and more. After a week of two nap fails a day I thought sod it, moved lunchtime to an hour earlier, and just kept her up until after lunch. Suddenly we're having naps of over two hours, it's bliss. We tend to go out for a walk or to the shops late morning and she loves being out and about, which minimises the grumpy overtired baby effect. And if she's really knackered bedtime can be as early as six pm since she's still adjusting. Working well so far though.

BornToFolk Sat 22-Feb-14 13:28:04

11 months. I dreaded it but it actually turned out to be a good thing, as like justabigdisco's DD, he went from having two short naps to one big (2 hour) one in the early afternoon, which meant we could do what we wanted in the morning and then still have time in the late afternoon to go out again.

Tory79 Sat 22-Feb-14 13:38:42

It was about 10/11 months. I bloody loved his 2 hr nap on the afternoon. Unfortunately that got dropped just before Xmas when he was 2.2. I miss it so much. Waaaaah!

TheScience Sat 22-Feb-14 13:39:49

About 13 months, but DS only ever slept about 10.5 hours overnight (with wake-ups!) so if I'd put him to bed at 7pm he'd have been up about 5.30am.

Our rough schedule at that age was
7am - up
1pm-3/4pm - sleep
8.30pm - bed

woodlandwanderwoman Sat 22-Feb-14 13:40:39

9-10 months. Wakes at 7-7.30am, sleeps for 2h from about 12.30, asleep again by 7-7.30pm

LovelyWeatherForDucks Sat 22-Feb-14 13:45:21

16 month old here is similar! Starting waking really early (5 or 5.30) and I think naps need to change. I usually let him have 30 mins at 9am then a longer nap at 12.30/1. At nursery he won't have a morning nap, somehow he manages! I tried skipping the early nap for a couple of days at home (instead an early lunch at 11 then nap 11.30-2) but hasn't made much difference and he's so tired by then I feel guilty keeping him up. Will be watching with interest.

MrsBungle Sat 22-Feb-14 13:45:57

Around 15 months.

TheGreatHunt Sat 22-Feb-14 13:46:09

It took about 4 months from 18 months.

Magix Sat 22-Feb-14 13:46:45

Around about the time he turned one

Gemdar Sat 22-Feb-14 13:48:12

14 months.
7-7 sleep then 2/2.5hr nap at 12:15ish
Long car journeys and pushchair walks were avoided wherever possible in mornings to prevent a cat nap that would ruin the nap for months!!

slightlyconfused85 Sat 22-Feb-14 17:32:54

13.5 months. There was a period where she slept 11 till 1.30then 6pm bed but now she sleeps 1 till 3 give or take half an hour and bed at 7

ChocolateWombat Sat 22-Feb-14 17:41:09

Was on a strict routine. Between about 4 months and 15 months had 2 naps. Short one of about 40 mins (reducing over time) at 9.30am and 2 hour one after lunch from about 12 until 2.
Dropped early one at 15 months. Meant bringing lunch back to 11.30 and 2 hour nap from 11.45ish until about 2.
Is good to have the one nap after an early lunch and to never let a child of this age sleep beyond 2.30...... But that was on a strict routine with a child who slept 7pm to 7.30am. Might not suit everyone.
Havi g done the strict routine, you look back and can see how it evolves, reducing nap time until there is none, somewhere between 2.5 and 3 years.

Gab3478 Sun 23-Feb-14 07:11:43

Thank you everyone for your responses I really appreciate it. So it seems she is at the age to be at one nap based on what others are doing. I think I will just keep pushing it forward a bit more quickly - I was torn between doing that or cutting back her morning nap slowly, but she loves her morning nap and if it is cut short she never makes it up in the afternoon, she just ends up a total crank head.

I'm praying to all the sleep gods her night sleep will miraculously improve when she is on one nap grin
Thanks again everyone!

Poosnu Sun 23-Feb-14 07:16:43

15 months.

Poosnu Sun 23-Feb-14 07:18:27

15 months - I knew it was time to drop to one nap when she started waking at 5am for the day.

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