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Moving Your Baby from Two Naps to One

Introduction

As your baby grows, their sleep needs change, and one significant transition is moving from two naps to one. This transition typically occurs around 13-18 months, but every child is different. Understanding the signs, establishing a new routine, and making adjustments can help ensure a smooth and successful transition. In this blog post, we'll explore strategies and tips to guide you through this phase and help your baby settle into a single nap routine with ease.

What are some Signs??

Before embarking on the transition, it's essential to observe your baby's behavior and sleep patterns. Signs that your little one might be ready for a shift to one nap might look like; consistently fighting the morning or afternoon nap, taking longer to fall asleep for naps and at bedtime, or consistently waking up early in the morning. These signs indicate that your baby is beginning to consolidate their sleep and may no longer need the two naps they once did. Look for this to happen for at least 3 days a week for 2 weeks in a row.

Gradual Transition

When you recognize the signs of readiness, begin the transition by gradually adjusting your baby's schedule. Instead of abruptly eliminating one nap, try shifting the timing of their naps slightly. For example, you may have to shorten the naps while widening the wake windows some. This will result in naps being later in the day and bedtime being pushed back a little later temporarily. Gradually, after a week or two of doing this, go to one nap.

Flexibility and Adaptation

During this transition, it's important to remember that every child is different, and there may be some trial and error involved. Your baby's sleep needs and preferences may vary, so stay attuned to their cues and adapt accordingly. Be flexible in adjusting the naptime and bedtime routines as needed. Initially, the one nap may be short, but it will gradually get longer. This may result in your baby needing an earlier bedtime to prevent overtiredness. Go with the flow during the transition to best suit your baby's individual needs.

Conclusion

Transitioning your baby from two naps to one can be a time of adjustment, but with careful observation and planning, you can help your little one settle into a new routine. Pay attention to your baby's signals and establish a gradual transition plan that works for both of you. Remember to create a consistent routine, provide a soothing sleep environment, and remain flexible as your baby adapts to the changes. I actually love a one nap schedule! One long glorious nap from your baby during the day can leave both you and your baby feeling refreshed!


Your Sleep BFF,

Melanie

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