Nap regressions can be really hard, especially when you had a previously good napper! But how do you know it’s time to change nap schedules? Read more to find out.
Signs that your baby is ready for one nap per day
Your baby is between 12-18 months of age
During the ages of 12-18 months, it’s developmentally appropriate for your baby to switch to one nap. Kids can vary greatly on this, even between siblings! You may even transition a younger sibling to one nap earlier so both children can nap at the same time.
Naps are shortening
If your baby used to take 2 long naps per day but now you are seeing two short naps per day, it may be time to transition to one nap. Combining those naps for one long nap a day will help with overtiredness and poor, short naps.
Your baby refuses the morning nap and/or doesn’t fall asleep during a nap
If you put your baby down for a morning nap and they never actually go down, it may be time to transition to one nap. Longer awake periods are becoming more appropriate for your baby as they grow.
One nap is good, the other is not
If you’re getting one great nap a day and the second nap is short or non-existent, it’s time to combine the naps and get one (maybe even 3 hour long!) nap.
Think your baby is ready for one nap but don’t know how to transition?
Get our “Dropping to One Nap Per Day” E-guide here!
Have more questions?
Schedule a text or video chat consult with Kate, Lauren or Natalie (NICU RN’s) and they can help answer any questions that you have!
Moms on Call: Want to find out more about Moms on Call? Check out my blog post here about why I am a sleep consultant.
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