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Dropping naps

My 13 month old started crying through her second nap consistently. I decided to try and drop it, but it is driving me crazy trying to figure out the new ideal time to ensure a good long nap. She is all over the map and it effects her moods so dramatically. Should I try to reconstitute the second nap, or will her one nap get longer if I just stick with it?

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  1. I highly recommend the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child to help you navigate the difficult problems associated with napping and sleep in general. I couldn’t have survived without this book when my boys were babies. Check out the Bundoo Marketplace!

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    1. I have read every sleep book. And although helpful, they don’t seem to really help make her sleep longer or hold onto naps.

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  2. If she consistently cries through the second nap, you probably won’t be able to add it back in with any success. I feel your pain- my daughter dropped the second nap early and stopping napping altogether at 22 months. I would pick a time for the one nap and be consistent with it… You could add it a quiet time hour where she relaxes but doesn’t have to sleep, just to recharge her a bit. She should adjust to the time of the one nap and hopefully start napping longer! You could also adjust bedtime for 30 minutes if you find that she can’t make it without getting over-tired and cranky.

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  3. My son stopped taking 2 naps around 11 months or so and sometimes fights his only nap now at 15 months. I think I would go crazy if he drops his nap completely…not looking forward to that day at all! I read that the afternoon nap is the most important, so usually you would drop the morning nap first, or rather push it back to around noon or so. My son usually goes down sometime between 12:30pm and 2pm each day and naps 1.5-3 hours (or sometimes not at all!).

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  4. Naps are tough!! Both my kids NEED their daytime sleep – and both dropped their morning naps at 15 months and needed the afternoon nap to get adjusted to 1:00. Now my 4 year old still rests in her bed if not naps at 1:00 and my 20 month old sleeps at 1:00. But, I’d say to stay consistent and try to keep that one nap but maybe adjust the time to something that might work better for her (and you!) good luck!

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  5. My son dropped his 2hour morning nap at 13 months when he started going to moms day out 1/2 days. He wouldn’t sleep in the crib there:( Luckily, he just added that 2 hours to his afternoon nap. He sleeps for about 4 hours every afternoon still at 26 months! I am so glad, because I can tell a huge difference in his mood when his nap is cut short. I agree with the other comments that consistency is key! My family would be so annoyed with me when they were visiting and I would still make him take a nap. I try to put him down between 12:45 and 1:15 daily. Of course the schedule is interrupted occasionally, that is part of life! Every child is different, and sometimes nothing can make them nap. I hope you find a solution!

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    1. Wow for a 4-hour nap! I feel lucky when my guy naps for more than 2 hours!

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    2. Other moms around the world are seething with jealousy after reading this post. Ha!

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  6. Every child is different in their sleeping habits and needs. I agree with Stephanie, she will likely not add the nap back into her routine. Be consistent with the new nap routine and she will soon adjust to the new schedule. It may not mean that she adds the time she used to nap in the morning to the length of the afternoon nap, but it will likely stretch out some. Also, maybe you can add some quiet time activities to the morning routine.

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  7. My 4 year old took 2 naps for a long time then finally 1 afternoon nap at 1:00 for about 2 or 3 hours. My almost 2 year old pretty much has only had 1 solid afternoon nap ever. Besides, a nap in the car in the morning here and there. My oldest’s activities didn’t allow us to be home for my younger son to nap. Definitely drop the morning nap and stay consistent with a time for an afternoon nap. She’ll get used to it! My almost 2 year old sometimes only naps for 30-40 minutes once a day. It really stinks, but he goes to bed at 6 p.m.! So, he is definitely getting enough sleep. I think?!

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