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How on earth do you go from two naps to one?

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Summerdays2014 Sat 25-Feb-17 18:19:33

So my 13.5 month old son is now asleep in his cot, fully clothed with no evening milk as he fell asleep at 5.30 whilst my husband was trying to stop him being really grumpy from being over tired.

He used to wake up really early 5-5.30am and then have a nap (on me) at about 8 ish and then another (on me again) anything between 12 and 1.

Recently he has been sleeping through (touch wood) and waking between 6 and 6.30am. He is no longer tired at 8 ish, so I've been trying to get him to sleep a bit later. Today he wouldn't go down until 10.30 when he had an hour. He woke, we had lunch and went out for a walk. I then tried to get him back to sleep about 1.30, but he wasn't having it. Tried again at 3. Clearly tired, but wouldn't sleep! From 3 onwards he has been grumpy, crying and miserable, until finally crashing out.

He started nursery last month and they can't get him down in the morning (it's happened about 3 times) and he is just having one nap at about 12 for anything upto 1.5 hours.

I should also say that for the last couple of weeks I have been working on putting him down in the cot for his naps. Sometimes this works, sometimes he wakes as soon as I transfer him (I know that I need to work on putting him down awake - we do this at night no problem)

Any advice? I have no idea what times I should be putting him down! This morning I tried to keep him awake until after lunch after he refused to go down at 9, but he was clearly exhausted by 10.30.

Thanks all.

ElspethFlashman Sat 25-Feb-17 18:23:08

Mine definitely didn't last till 12 after they dropped down to one nap. I think it remained mid morning.

Nursery tends to be different too. There's far more going on to distract them and they have a different rhythm there than at home so don't pay too much attention to their schedule.

Summerdays2014 Sat 25-Feb-17 18:31:05

And now he's just woken up screaming.

WheresTheEvidence Sat 25-Feb-17 18:36:22

I am a nanny.

I tend to drop to 1 nap around 12-13 months. I do this by bringing forward lunch to 11ish and then having baby sleep for the longer nap after lunch. I then slowly push lunch back further and further until the child is sleeping 12.30-2.30. It is easier to do when you're out and about and can keep baby occupied/busy. I do sometimes offer a quick cat nap around 9ish if we're in the pram and they nod off - however I limit this to only 30 minutes. A sleep specialist told me to try and offer the 9am nap and allow them until 9.30 regardless of whether they nap for the 30 minutes or only have 10 minutes - then wake with a drink and a snack.

FATEdestiny Sat 25-Feb-17 19:09:53

I'd do an 11am lunch and a 11.30am nap. Gradually push both forward, settling at 12pm lunch and 12.30pm nap.

Tumtitum Fri 03-Mar-17 12:01:55

How's it going summer? We've just started this transition... DD will have a long lunchtime nap in the buggy and is fine but today the early lunchtime nap only lasted 40 mins confused

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