Consolidating two naps to one
This book outlines healthy sleep needs (how many naps, how many hours of sleep per nap and per night, how to solve sleep issues, etc.) for every month of the child's age all the way through adolescence.
The book is organized into sections based upon your child's age, so you don't have to read the whole book..the sections relevant to your child. My kid was doing that at that age too, she just turned four months and finally her naps are lasting two hours.
I find that babies usually transition most easily between 15 and 18 months of age.
is this normal or should we keep trying for 2 naps? There are days where we only get 1 and he won't go down for the other but I feel they need two.
My LO will sometimes have one huge one and one normal length one. Some people will say their baby only has one or none but they can learn to function without them. When he napped 2 times he kept sleeping too late - he would sleep 2 hours in the morning and 2 afternoon and then he wouldnt sleep at night until 9pm so that was why we switched.
Mine did for the first 5 months and napped like crap but they need them for development. Meet other parents who are due at the same time as you! Share your experiences (good and not so good) with other parents and let us know if you have any helpful tips.
I hear questions like: “He’s a year old now, so shouldn’t we be dropping to one nap soon?
” or “She actually hasn’t been falling asleep for the second nap for several days now. ” The truth of the matter is that when babies are ready, we actually transition to one nap by consolidating the two naps (morning and afternoon) into one nap.
Work with your consultant to determine the best approach for your baby, but one method is to move the first nap back 15 minutes every three days until you reach a -pm nap time.