Merging Naps: Transitioning Two Naps to One

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Switching from two naps to one can be a sudden change for some children. While for others, it can take a few weeks or even months to merge the two naps into one. To help you understand the best time to transition your baby from two naps to one, here are some signs to keep an eye out for, brought to you by Jennifer, from My NewBorn.

Signs your child still needs two naps a day:

Your child needs two daily naps if:

– Your baby is under one year of age. (Note: A small percentage of younger babies are ready to drop to one nap. If all other signs point to one nap, you can make the switch early).
– Your baby sometimes talks, plays, resists, or fusses when you put them down for a nap, but they always ends up falling asleep.
– Your baby almost always falls asleep in the car, pram or carrier.
– Missing a nap makes your baby cranky and fussy.
– Your baby gets whiny, fussy, easily frustrated, or has tantrums three to four hours after waking up.
– Your baby often misses naps because you’re ‘on-the-go’, but when you are home they take two good naps.

Your child is ready to switch from two naps to one if:

– When you put your baby down for a nap, they play or fuss for at least 30 minutes before falling asleep. Then, they only take a short nap.
– Your baby can go for car rides early in the day without falling asleep.
– Your baby can miss a nap and remain cheerful and energetic until his next nap, or bedtime.

How to make the transition

Rather than framing it as ‘dropping a nap,’ it’s more helpful to view it as a shift in your baby’s schedule. The move from two naps to one is seldom an overnight switch. Typically, there’s a transition period lasting from a few weeks to a few months when your baby may visibly need two naps on some days and just one on others. Some babies may breeze through the transition effortlessly, while others might take months for the change to fully settle in.

You have a number of options during this time:

– Watch for your child’s sleepy signs, and put your baby down for a nap when they first seems tired.
– Keep two naps, but don’t expect that your baby sleeps at both times – allow quiet resting instead.
– Choose a single naptime that’s later than the usual morning nap, but not as late as the afternoon nap. Keep your baby active (and outside if possible) until about 30 minutes before the time you’ve chosen.
– On days when a nap occurs early in the day, move your child’s bedtime earlier to avoid an overtired baby and minimising the length of time between nap and bedtime.

If your little one is currently taking two naps, typically around 9 am and 12:30/1 pm, it’s a good idea to start gradually shortening the morning nap. If your baby is snoozing for about 60 minutes in the morning, try capping it back to 45 minutes. For those already napping 45 minutes, aim for a 30-minute nap.

The second sleep is the most important sleep of the day, as this breaks up your baby’s day and this sleep ensures that they do not get overtired by the time bedtime rolls around.

When you start reducing the morning nap, you still keep the time of the lunchtime nap. For example, if your baby was sleeping 9-10am and then 1-3pm, your baby will now be sleeping 9-9.45am and then 1-3pm.

Keep on this schedule until you find that when you put your baby down for the morning nap, they won’t go to sleep or you have had a few days where they have skipped the morning nap without too much trouble.

Once you drop the morning nap, you may need to bring the lunchtime nap back so your baby now goes down for their afternoon sleep at 12 or 12.30pm.

If you need help transitioning your baby from two naps to one, get in touch with Jennifer, an experienced Baby Sleep Consultant in Sydney today!

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Jennifer is a qualified IMI Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant, Doula and MNT Maternity Nurse. These qualifications enable her to assist pregnant women with their sleep issues, support women during labour and the birthing process, guide parents during the postpartum period and educate families about their baby’s sleeping habits. Jennifer provides safe and gentle sleep training methods based on knowledge obtained during her studies, successful qualifications and 16+ years experience.

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