What’s the right time for baby to drop a nap and how do I do it?
“Between 12 and 18 months is when babies usually switch from two naps to one,” says sleep expert Kira Ryan. Your baby’s schedule will usually start to shift on its own. At this point you just have to nudge it along by not putting her down for a nap until after lunch. (You may want to start lunch a little earlier for a little while and then gradually move it back to its normal time.) The new single nap will be much longer than its two shorter predecessors.
Tips from moms who’ve been there:
“I have my two year old nap about 4.5 hours after she wakes. Some days have been great -- when she’s napped 2.25 to 3 hours -- and some have been crummy -- when she’s napped 1.5 hours.” -- Ctri17
“We kept a log for about 10 days because he was fighting the second nap and barely sleeping. He gets up around 6:30 a.m. and he naps at 11ish for two to three hours.” -- redhead0525
“My 15 month old has had a hard time with the one nap transition. We keep him as busy as possible in the morning. We go to the park or do a craft or other activity. He eats lunch around 11:45 a.m. then naps around 12:30.” -- kelseyhh
Expert: Kira Ryan is coauthor of The Dream Sleeper: A Three-Part Plan for Getting Your Baby to Love Sleep
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