Consolidating to one nap
If your unsure about how much time your toddler should be napping, check my previous article that explores the National Sleep Foundations recommendations for sleep, as well as the average sleep nap for toddlers.
There doesn’t seem to be evidence based medicine about how to transition to one nap – so I will just talk about my own personal experiences and the experiences of my patients and mom friends.
Currently, nearly half of Americans say that insufficient sleep affects their daily activities, according to research from the National Sleep Foundation. The benefits are clear: Napping helps you to regain concentration, and it also boosts your productivity.
Another one of our columnists, Erik Sherman, recently tried it--and he's a big fan.
So grumpy that I would have to move up bedtime to 6pm some days.
From talking to some parents, for some children the transition is easy but for others it can be extremely challenging.
Today I put him in his crib at and I am pretty sure he didn't fall asleep until . Needless to say, I had to wake him up from his second nap at and then pushed bedtime back to closer to 8pm.
I am starting to wonder if we should just cut that nap because it is occurring so late.
It took about 1.5 weeks to transition Madi to a later morning nap time.
These all might be signals that your little one is ready for just one nap per day.
I decided to make a transition to one nap per day when Madi was 15 months old.
I began by slowly extending Madi’s morning nap, which started at 10 am.
The first week I pushed the nap to am, then to 11am, then to am, and finally to 12pm.