I love, love, LOVE when we can drop to 1 nap!! It’s like FINALLY there is freedom. You can leave the house to do activities or get groceries, and life is basically just so much better. However, so many parents transition their baby to one nap way too early. There’s a sleep regression right around 12 months, and it appears that baby is ready to drop to 1 nap. However, dropping to one nap too early can cause sleep night time sleep issues, as well as just pure grumpiness because they’re not truly ready for one nap. Today, Natasha from Let’s Be Brave is writing about dropping to one nap… the when AND the how.
“Dropping to a one-nap schedule can be so freeing! When your child only takes one nap, it allows you to have the entire morning free to do whatever you want. You no longer feel like your entire life revolves around naps. It’s wonderful! Unfortunately you have to wait about a year and a half before you can drop the second nap.
The age range for dropping the morning nap is really wide. Most children will be ready somewhere between 14-22 months. If you think your child is ready to drop the morning nap around 10-12 months, it’s very likely that it’s just a small sleep regression and that she will get passed it or that a schedule change will help.
I’ve tried dropping the morning nap too early with two different kids, and it didn’t go well either time. I tried to drop Christopher’s morning nap around 14 months, and he just ended up falling asleep on the floor or wherever he was right around morning nap time. I tried dropping Everly’s morning nap when she was around 11 months (what was I thinking?!). Turned out it was just a small sleep regression. Trying to drop her morning nap too early led to other sleep problems, like middle of the night wakings and waking up early in the morning before DWT.”
You can read the full post on Dropping to One Nap on Natasha’s blog.
This entire week, the ladies of the BFBN are all blogging about sleep… our favorite topic! Here is the schedule below.
- Chronicles of a Babywise Mom: How to Solve Sleep Problems in Toddlers and Preschoolers – Monday
- Twin Mom and More: How to Establish Good Sleep Habits from Birth – Tuesday
- Let’s Be Brave: How To Transition To One Nap – Tuesday
- Mama’s Organized Chaos: How to Know if Your Child is Ready to Drop to No Naps – Wednesday
- Team Cartwright: 7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime – Wednesday
- Christine Keys: 5 Powerful Reasons Babywise is for All Kinds of Babies – Thursday
- Wiley Adventures: Thursday
- The Journey of Parenthood: How to Tell if You Have a High Sleep Needs or Low Sleep Needs Baby – Friday