Hello! Just after a bit of advice really! My dd is nearly 14 months and has been really quite consistent with her naps. A while ago I thought we might need to drop to one nap but I think she still needs two generally. However! I am at the hairdressers getting a much needed pampering so dropped my dd at my parents and tried to put her down for a nap, she tried bless her, but she couldn't get to sleep so I got her up and have left her with them, she is used to sleeping there but I think I tried to put her down a bit too early as I wanted mum and dad to have some peace for an hour or two whilst she slept! My question is normally in the past I would have bundled her in the car and taken her for a drive to get her to sleep, is that right? Or would you just carry on with your day and forgo the afternoon nap in that instance? It would mean she would go about 8 hours from her morning sleep to when she goes to bed. I'm a First time mum and spend way too much time fixating on naps and being strict with her schedule but to be honest it stresses me out and I'm wondering at her age whether if needed, although not ideal, that she could go without an afternoon nap from time to time. She doesn't sleep in her buggy, hasn't done for about 6 months! Thoughts please! . Thank you!
DS2 is almost 12 months. Wednesday he had two naps, yesterday he had one and today he had two again. I really follow his lead and it depends what we're doing in the day. If I'd dropped him off somewhere and he was awake and happy I'd just miss the nap. He went to bed slightly earlier on the one nap day.
As above. At this age, when the transition to 1 nap is just beginning, there will be a gradual change and lots of going-with-the-flow
Maybe it will start off with the odd, occasional day where things just work better with one nap (like when being babysat).
Then it might be one or two sporadic days per week of 1 nap days, going back to 2 nap days for the rest of the time. Gradually you'll find more 1 nap days than 2 nap days.
Thank you coconutoil and fate! Perhaps I will have to stop getting stressed about it and just go with it! Some days one nap, some days two. She did 12 hours solid sleep last night and woke up at 7.30 today so I tried putting her down at 10.30 and by 11 she wasn't asleep and I was due to go out at 11.30 so I didn't try and persuade her any more. I assumed she would pass out for her sleep this afternoon when I put her down at 1.30 but after much crying and standing up in her cot (a new trick which I don't know how to deal with.) I got her up and within 2 minutes of going for a drive she conked out so she was tired. I find it the hardest part of parenting so far!
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