Dropping 1 nap - is it possible to drop afternoon nap and keep morning nap?

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  1. colsy

    colsy Mummy to 2 li'l pudd'ns

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    OMG, I'm now posting about my 'baby' in the toddler section. Oh and time goes so quickly :-( Anyway, our baby/toddler boy has just had his first birthday. He still has 2 naps a day, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to put him down for the afternoon nap. However, I can't just miss this out, otherwise he will be so tired he won't eat his tea and will be ready for bed at about 5.30pm!

    I know most little ones drop the morning nap and stick with the afternoon nap, but do any of you have experience of dropping the afternoon nap instead and sticking with the morning nap? This would seem to be easier for us, as generally he naps happily in the morning. It also fits our daytime schedule a lot easier if we could sleep in the morning but not in the afternoon. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    If it's relevant, I should mention he naps happily in his cot and the car, but is almost impossible to get to nap in the buggy.
     
  2. aimee-lou

    aimee-lou Totally Outnumbered!!

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    Eddy sleeps 10-12 (give or take a bit) everyday he can. He has done this since he was about 12 months. If he sleeps in the afternoon at all he wont go to bed til 8/9 which is no good lol.

    I stretched him out a little in the morning to begin with so that he wasn't waking too early (he used to have 3 hours but is sleeping a bit less now and waking in time for lunch lol)as his 2 naps schedule was 9-10.30 and 1-2.30. when we first dropped to 1 it was a 10am-12.30/1 nap.
     
  3. needhope

    needhope Mother of 1

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    I would just let him drop the aft one if thats wat he seems happy with and maybe bring bedtime forward a bit for a little while? Then he will gradually get used to the longer afternoon?

    My lo is coming up 17 months and he dropped to one nap before he was 1 and dropped the afternnon one. As he has got a bit older the morning one has got a bit later (generally 11/1130-130 or so now) and hes fine till bedtime at 7ish but for a while he went to bed around 630ish.

    Just give him tea and bath a bit earlier or a big lunch when he gets up and then just a lighter dinner? Not such a hassle then?

    Xx
     
  4. dlj2

    dlj2 Well-Known Member

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    My lo is trying to drop her afternoon nap at 14months. She was struggling a little come dinner time though so what I now do is wake her after an hour in her morning nap and then she will happily have another hour in the afternoon, or if I know we are out I let her have 2 hours in the morning and she can power through. She too won't sleep anywhere but her cot! I did try a long nap around lunch time for a week or so but it just didn't suit Amelia.
     
  5. Louise88

    Louise88 Dd- ciara and ds- James

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    When my daughter switched from 2 naps to 1 she tried dropping her morning nap by her self but it was to much for her going from 6am-1pm without a nap and has placed her self in a happy nap time period of 11-12:30/1 that seems to work perfectly and it means I can make afternoon plans for us.
     
  6. kizzyt

    kizzyt Loving my baby girl

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    My lo dropped her afternoon nap and just kept morning it's more common than you think really :)
     
  7. Katy Bug

    Katy Bug Well-Known Member

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    My one year old only has one nap, which is late morning /early noon, then goes to bed around 8 or 8:30. If he still had a second nap he'd be in bed at 10:30 every night.
     
  8. hubblybubbly

    hubblybubbly Well-Known Member

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    Yep willow dropped her afternoon nap and used to go down at 10am, nowadays it's nearer 11.30am, we had a Few months of difficult late afternoons as she was going 11.30-6pm without a nap but it seems to have naturally worked itself out.
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  9. xxVickyxx

    xxVickyxx Jacob & Joshua's Mummy xx

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    My little one doesn't have an afternoon nap either, usually around 10am for no more than 30 mins and that's it for the day, he's never been a great sleeper/napper. He sometimes gets sleepy/whiney at tea time but I just kind of distract him until bedtime at 6.30
    When he then comes alive, he plays for half an hour but is usually asleep by 7pm-7.30pm these days xx
     
  10. m4nc3r

    m4nc3r Well-Known Member

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    Zane dropped his afternoon nap first.
    He is always more tired in the morning. Even if he didn't get up until 8-8.30 by 10.30-11 he would be rubbing his eyes again and would happily go for a 2 hour nap.
    On occasions where he woke up before 8am he was known to be back asleep by 10 lol

    His afternoon naps were always trouble by this age, and more often than not he would just hold out on them but go to bed at 6. We adjusted and started offering him his dinner at around 4.30-5 ready incase he wanted an earlier night.

    He's older now and doesn't really have naps. On the odd occasions that he is getting a bit grouchy and full of tantrums I'll suggest that he lay down for a while - this normally takes place around 2-4 and doesn't seem to affect what time he goes to bed that night. Infact yesterday we went out in the morning for a pretty long walk around town etc, he fell asleep watching his cartoons at 2.30, didn't wake up until 4.45 then proceeded to have dinner at 5.30 and was back in bed down for the count by 6.30 :haha:
     

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