Say Goodbye to Two Naps a Day

If you just managed to get your baby’s sleeping patterns into a routine, and now you’re noticing sudden changes, then rest assured, you’re not alone.  Your little ray of sunshine might be learning to walk, is eager to explore, and is probably a lot more vocal recently. Overall, you’re seeing him or her acting a bit differently. All of these changes could affect the sleeping schedule you so delicately crafted. 

If that’s the case, then it might be time to drop your baby’s second daytime nap. Easier said than done, we know. Whether you’re a first-time parent, or if you’ve been around the block before, here are a few tips to help you facilitate the process seamlessly. 

Is My Baby Ready To Drop a Nap?

When little ones are between 13 to 18 months old, it’s usually time for them to drop a nap. Of course, this isn’t a hard rule as each baby has unique needs. 

Moreover, sleep is critical for your toddler’s development, so dropping a nap before they’re ready isn’t necessary. Ultimately, you, as the parent, will know if it’s time. There are usually a few signs to look for.

3 Signs That it’s Time For Only One Nap a Day

For babies under 12 months old, it may be too early to start implementing a one-nap-a-day routine. However, for little ones older than that, here are a few readiness signs and solutions to consider:

#1 Falling and Staying Asleep Becomes Harder

Before, your little one went to sleep without any issues. You knew precisely when your baby was ready for a nap, and this happened without incident. 

Now, there’s more fussing, tossing, and turning. Naptime has become a nightmare. Sound familiar?  If so, then it’s a good indication that it’s time to cut out that afternoon snooze.  Keep your baby awake for longer during the day with an engaging activity, a walk, or anything else that stimulates the mind.

#2 Afternoon Naps Interfere With Your Evening Schedule

In addition to the above, perhaps you’re finding that nighttime has become worse with your toddler acting up, being restless, and battling to fall asleep. 

If so, then try tweaking your baby’s schedule. You could cut out the afternoon nap entirely, or just make it shorter, one day at a time. 

#3 Early Morning Wake-Ups Are the New Normal

As your baby grows, they need less time to sleep and more time interacting with the world. If they’re getting too much rest during the day, then they’ll wake up earlier. 

To get your normal routine back on track, you could shorten both daytime naps or just one.