Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Re-Establishing Naps at 14-15mo?

So I jumped the gun and thought DD was ready to go to one nap a day as she is about 14.5 mo old...after a week of horrible results, I tried her back to one nap in the AM about 3-3.5 hours after waking and another in PM about 3.5 hours from the end of the AM one. She caught back on to this schedule, mainly I think to catch up on sleep, but the last few days has been napping maybe only 20 minutes in the morning and that.is.it...

 Have moved her bedtime and she is going to sleep anywhere from 6:45-7:15pm and STTN until about 6:30-7, which I am not complaining about. I just keep referencing back to the books (Healthy Sleep Habits, and The No Cry Nap Solution), and both talk about how important the day time sleep is for development...I feel like I am failing at this nap thing.

 Anyone out there have any good advice/steps to deal with the nap transition? Have you found it to be better to just get baby on a one nap a day schedule and if so how/when did you go to it? I appreciate any advice, I am beating myself up over the non-napping and surrounded by others whose toddlers "never napped"...I know DD needs the sleep because she is way more pleasant and alert when she does get a nap...

 

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  • I'm confused, did you put her back on 2 naps or is she still at 1?  With DD we knew she was ready to transition at 15 mos when her morning naps became very short.  With her we had her power through the morning and put her down at noon on the first day of transition.  After that we slowly pushed the time to 12:30 and eventually to 1:00.  This took about a week but then again she's really good at transitioning.  With DS we didn't have any thoughts of transitioning him around the same age.  It just happened that around 15 mos we put him in DC (he was with grandparents before that) and he was so stimulated all morning he just naturally dropped his morning nap.
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  • We switched to 1 nap at 12 months because that's what daycare does (11:30-1:30 normally). Talking to other parents they all made the switch at 12 months too. Maybe she's really ready and you just didn't give her enough time to adjust.
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  • Put the books down and follow your own kid's cues. I had a kid that as a newborn wouldn't nap more than 2 hours a day, but slept great at night. As a toddler she's transitioned to later bedtimes and a decent nap.

    She did it all on her own and with me following her cues.

    Basically, if she's tired, put her down. Leave her there until she's awake. Every kid is so different.

    And the one nap thing does take a while. Somedays she wanted 2, somedays not. It was a good 2 months until we were completely at one nap.

     

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    Put the books down and follow your own kid's cues. I had a kid that as a newborn wouldn't nap more than 2 hours a day, but slept great at night. As a toddler she's transitioned to later bedtimes and a decent nap.

    She did it all on her own and with me following her cues.

    Basically, if she's tired, put her down. Leave her there until she's awake. Every kid is so different.

    And the one nap thing does take a while. Somedays she wanted 2, somedays not. It was a good 2 months until we were completely at one nap.

     



    I agree with this- I've had bedtime issues with DS because we weren't following his cues. I followed some advice from another board which just made him cranky and awful to be around. Once we really took a log of his cues, and what he was asking for for naps, he's been 100% happier, and we've ended bedtime drama. 

    When we did do adjustments, we gave it 3 weeks, if he wasn't going for it after 3 weeks, we went back to looking at his cues and his needs as he presenting them. 
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  • We went through something very similar when K was around 12 months. She absolutely fought her naps so we pushed her morning nap and she slept 1x. That lasted a week or two, then she seemed to go back to her old habits and wanting to sleep early in the am and again in the afternoon. So I thought ok we're back to two.

    but then a week or two later she started fighting her naps again (kind of like you said, after catching up on some sleep) and so I started putting the down just once again. And we never looked back.

    Transition to 1 nap is not a quick switch, it is a process. So first of all, your LO has to learn to consistently last longer awake, till nap time. The next step will be lengthening that one nap. For K that was the hardest part. Previously she would take 2 naps of 1 hr each. So when she went to 1 nap she still slept 1 hr and then was super crabby in the evening. But I did not cave and kept conditions just perfect, dark room, same temperature, same bedtime, and after a couple of weeks she relaxed and started taking 2 hour long naps. Don't give in to pushing bedtime to an earlier time. At least for us hat would have backfired because she would the wake earlier in the morning. Just give yourself time and eventually it will work out.

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    Put the books down and follow your own kid's cues. I had a kid that as a newborn wouldn't nap more than 2 hours a day, but slept great at night. As a toddler she's transitioned to later bedtimes and a decent nap.

    She did it all on her own and with me following her cues.

    Basically, if she's tired, put her down. Leave her there until she's awake. Every kid is so different.

    And the one nap thing does take a while. Somedays she wanted 2, somedays not. It was a good 2 months until we were completely at one nap.

     

    This. We've never had problems with dd's sleep schedule. People ask me how I've done it all the time. We don't have a problem with her schedule because she doesn't have one. When she's tired, she takes a nap. She has her own pseudo schedule that I have learned to anticipate, and this changes gradually every once in a while. She wavered between one and two naps for a good month or so before she finally got to the point she was comfortable with just the one. I think following your child's cues instead of the clock makes for a happier mom and toddler and a more peaceful household. 

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    Put the books down and follow your own kid's cues. I had a kid that as a newborn wouldn't nap more than 2 hours a day, but slept great at night. As a toddler she's transitioned to later bedtimes and a decent nap.

    She did it all on her own and with me following her cues.

    Basically, if she's tired, put her down. Leave her there until she's awake. Every kid is so different.

    And the one nap thing does take a while. Somedays she wanted 2, somedays not. It was a good 2 months until we were completely at one nap.

     



    I agree with this- I've had bedtime issues with DS because we weren't following his cues. I followed some advice from another board which just made him cranky and awful to be around. Once we really took a log of his cues, and what he was asking for for naps, he's been 100% happier, and we've ended bedtime drama. 

    When we did do adjustments, we gave it 3 weeks, if he wasn't going for it after 3 weeks, we went back to looking at his cues and his needs as he presenting them. 

    really? Last time you posted you said your kid was  going to bed for the day at 4:30 pm and was only up for a total of what...  6 hours a day?!?! 

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  • OP... It sounds like you jumped then gun on going back to 2 naps. I would give it at least 2-3 weeks for the adjustment. 
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    Put the books down and follow your own kid's cues. I had a kid that as a newborn wouldn't nap more than 2 hours a day, but slept great at night. As a toddler she's transitioned to later bedtimes and a decent nap.

    She did it all on her own and with me following her cues.

    Basically, if she's tired, put her down. Leave her there until she's awake. Every kid is so different.

    And the one nap thing does take a while. Somedays she wanted 2, somedays not. It was a good 2 months until we were completely at one nap.

    All of this. I haven't read a single book about DS...I just do what he needs, when he needs it. Raising kids is trial and error so find what works and go with it. Some days DS has 2 naps and sometimes, like yesterday, just one nap. If he's happy then I'm not worried.

     

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    Put the books down and follow your own kid's cues. I had a kid that as a newborn wouldn't nap more than 2 hours a day, but slept great at night. As a toddler she's transitioned to later bedtimes and a decent nap.

    She did it all on her own and with me following her cues.

    Basically, if she's tired, put her down. Leave her there until she's awake. Every kid is so different.

    And the one nap thing does take a while. Somedays she wanted 2, somedays not. It was a good 2 months until we were completely at one nap.



    I agree with this- I've had bedtime issues with DS because we weren't following his cues. I followed some advice from another board which just made him cranky and awful to be around. Once we really took a log of his cues, and what he was asking for for naps, he's been 100% happier, and we've ended bedtime drama. 

    When we did do adjustments, we gave it 3 weeks, if he wasn't going for it after 3 weeks, we went back to looking at his cues and his needs as he presenting them. 

    really? Last time you posted you said your kid was  going to bed for the day at 4:30 pm and was only up for a total of what...  6 hours a day?!?! 

    Oh man, I remember that thread! Her kid was NEVER awake!!!

     

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    image dairygirl19:

    Put the books down and follow your own kid's cues. I had a kid that as a newborn wouldn't nap more than 2 hours a day, but slept great at night. As a toddler she's transitioned to later bedtimes and a decent nap.

    She did it all on her own and with me following her cues.

    Basically, if she's tired, put her down. Leave her there until she's awake. Every kid is so different.

    And the one nap thing does take a while. Somedays she wanted 2, somedays not. It was a good 2 months until we were completely at one nap.



    I agree with this- I've had bedtime issues with DS because we weren't following his cues. I followed some advice from another board which just made him cranky and awful to be around. Once we really took a log of his cues, and what he was asking for for naps, he's been 100% happier, and we've ended bedtime drama. 

    When we did do adjustments, we gave it 3 weeks, if he wasn't going for it after 3 weeks, we went back to looking at his cues and his needs as he presenting them. 

    really? Last time you posted you said your kid was  going to bed for the day at 4:30 pm and was only up for a total of what...  6 hours a day?!?! 

    Oh man, I remember that thread! Her kid was NEVER awake!!!

     

    Well, ill stick by what I said. But we did make some adjustments and the pedi is still not concerned. With kids you use averages, not exact sciences. I we did try keeping him up later as suggested and really, it made him a holy terror.

     

    Now, since it seams you'd like to know and i need to explain my response: not to say we Did not make adjustments and since we did tweak some things he is happy and thriving, and is awake "more than 6 hours a day" but I don't agree with upsetting my child because of a bunch of Internet strangers gave their opinions to a post I penned.

    We checked in with the pedi, he's meeting milestones and even exceeding some and the current theory is that he takes after me (who runs best on 10-11 hours of sleep a night yes I've been checked, blood tests and all) and not Dh (who runs best on 5-6 hours of sleep). However, after all that he still has thursday/friday anxiety, which we have *not* solved that problem. 

     

    So, I have a toddler who sleeps. Get over it.

    Edit: bump ate my formating.

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  • Thanks for everyone's advice...I started logging her "patterns" this week and finding that she is more likely to take one nap middle of day. I think I originally did not time it right-was putting her down either right before lunch (so she would get up too soon to eat) or was waiting too long and then she was cranky. The last 3-4 days, have put her down after lunch and just adjusting the lunchtime around her wake-up and breakfast times....seems to be working :-) 

    My main concern always is just making sure I try to read her cues but once she hit 14 months she started sending mixed signals LOL 

      

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