We moved from 2 to 1 naps about 2/3 weeks ago. DS has been unsettled ever since. Is it better to stick to the same time every day and perservere with getting to sleep, or just go wih him and risk that he gets overtired by the afternoon and crazy?
He was always a really good napper before. I am worried that I am getting into this ridiculous state where he cries, I get him up, put him down, am generally indecisive and am giving all the wrong messages. What has anyone else done?
We just went through this. If DD2 desperately needed a nap at say, 11, rather than the 12 or 1pm we have been aiming for, then I put her to bed earlier. Seems to work. She doesn't get up any earlier the next day.
You just have to play it by ear for a couple of weeks, or even months until they get used to it.
In fact, whilst he gets used to it, you might find that moving bedtime 30 mins to an hour earlier every night for a while will help to settle him.
He's just halved his daytime sleep, so you can help him "catch up" on say half the lost hours by moving bedtime earlier, until such time as his body is ready to survive on the normal amount of night sleep plus one nap.
Ds is 14 months and in transition between 1 and 2 naps! I just watch for his sleepy signals and put him down when he's tired. this is usually after lunch at about 12 but sometimes he's yawning at 11 so I put him down then instead.
When we were moving from 2 to 1 and nap time was around 11, I gave a snack (eg banana) at 10.30, nap at 11, big meal after nap and a light tea late afternoon.
Now she naps around 12.30 or 1, we do a small snack mid-morning, lunch at 12 and a bigger tea.
She was walking before the nap changes so I think this is it now.
She does most naps at home in her cot, but when we're out and about, I find she still falls asleep around 1 in the buggy. I keep her sitting up and occupied with lots of toys until she gets a bit cranky and needs to reclined for sleep.
Only "problem" is the car. If we go out in the car around 11 for more than 20 mins or so, then she often falls asleep, ends up having a rubbish short nap and doesn't want to sleep later. I put her to bed by 6pm on days like that.