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Dropping the afternoon nap but keeping the morning one?

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Heirhelp Mon 20-Feb-17 18:15:02

DD is 9 months old wakes by 7.45 some times as early as 7.15, morning nap about 11ish and then I struggle to get her asleep again and she won't nap again until about 5/5.30 this means she won't go to sleep until 10.

Do I just forgot the afternoon nap or deal with late bedtime and hyper child? She is too tired in the morning to push the morning nap until after lunch.

FATEdestiny Mon 20-Feb-17 18:28:40

What time is bedtime usually?

For a 7-8pm bedtime, I wouldn't want baby napping after 5pm.

Any night wakes?

MoreThanUs Mon 20-Feb-17 18:31:01

I'd be trying to push the 11am one later, after lunch at 11.45. Give them up to 2 hours sleep, then bed at 7 / 7.30.

abc12345 Mon 20-Feb-17 18:32:51

All of my 3 did this.
Drop the afternoon nap. You might be able to slowly move the morning one a little bit later each week,until it's a long afternoon nap.
That's the way it went with mine anyway.

MoreThanUs Mon 20-Feb-17 18:33:31

I meant to say, bring lunch earlier for a while (even if it's 11.15) to get it in before nap time and then start to push it back. Within a month she might go until 12.30 before needing a nap.

Mol1628 Mon 20-Feb-17 18:35:28

I'd have lunch at 11:30 and then nap at 12.

FATEdestiny Mon 20-Feb-17 18:49:02

9 months is very young to be dropping to one nap.

I would be concerned that 'difficulty getting to sleep' is being mistaken for 'not tired' - and is in fact over tired.

It depends on the nights sleep though. If baby is sleeping, say, 6.30pm to 7.30 am, then one nap would be reasonable.

Heirhelp Mon 20-Feb-17 18:58:28

When she goes down at 7.30/7.45 she wakes at 10 and I offer her milk, she has drastically her reduced milk intake, of which she has a couple of oz at most so it takes about 5 mins and then I bring her into bed with me. She some times wakes during the night but cuddles back down to sleep.

If I do try and bring lunch forward to 11.15. What do I do about offering milk? Currently she has milk on waking and again after each nap but only normally takes very small amounts.

Heirhelp Mon 20-Feb-17 19:55:19

After thinking about FATE concerns and google telling that babies drop to one nap at 15 to 18 months I am going to try to be more prompt with her morning nap and then walk her to sleep in the afternoon.

Thanks for your advice.

MoreThanUs Mon 20-Feb-17 21:09:03

Sounds like you've got a plan!

Mine were quite early to drop their morning nap, but I always found it a helpful time to get ahead with the day, so keep it up as long as you can if she's sleeping well in evening / night.

FATEdestiny Mon 20-Feb-17 21:23:24

babies drop to one nap at 15 to 18 months

Exactly what I was thinking. While 9 months isn't unheard of, under 12 months is very young. My youngest transitioned from 2-nap days to 1-nap days between 20-22 months old.

morning nap about 11ish

That's very late for 2 naps per day. It is no wonder he's not wanting an afternoon nap of his morning nap is that late.

I would aim for a 9.30am nap (waking at 11am if not already awake). Then an afternoon nap at 1.30pm and leaving to sleep as long as needed.

That would allow for a 7-8pm bedtime and a 6-8am wake up.

Chocolateorangegoblin Mon 20-Feb-17 21:30:19

If it's any help my DS is 9 months and generally goes 3/3.5 hours between naps.
Up at 6.30/7.
Nap at 10ish for 2 hours.
Nap at 3 for 1 hour.
Bedtime at 7.30.

Sometimes naps are the other way round but he generally sleeps for 3 hours overall.
I would make sure your baby is up by 7.15 to fit in an earlier first nap OP.

Heirhelp Mon 20-Feb-17 22:12:53

She only gets up at 7.45 because I wake her when I get up so milk at 8.00, and breakfast 8.30 to 9.15 so I would struggle to get her down for 9.30. We are baby group fans and most of them finish at 10.30 to 11.

I would rather not get her up earlier but I suppose I need to start to transition her to earlier wake up in preparation for when I go back to work.

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