The Nap Transition

My 14 month old, is a very early riser. Often he is up at 6 a.m. and ready to give it his all up until his 9 a.m. nap time. He will sleep about two hours, getting up to explore again til his 3:30 p.m. nap. Lately I have noticed, that when nap time comes around he is wide awake and not in any mood to stop the fun and games. Although I enjoy the morning nap time, it seems to be time to go down to just one nap a day. Here is the plan I used to make it happier for both of us.

Days 1 to 3: Push his morning snooze to 11 a.m. Ideally, he’d rest for two hours or more.

Days 4 to 7: Each day, push naptime back 15 to 20 minutes to get closer to a noon siesta.

Days 8 to 10: Continue to push naptime back until it starts at 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. Very soon after lunch. You don’t want it to get stuck at 11 a.m. because then your toddler will be awake too long before bedtime, and he will be a very cranky little man.

Four to fine hours seems to be about the right amount of awake time between nap and bedtime. Hopefully, he will stay in this nap routine at least until age 4.

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