All the books say that somewhere between 13-15 months, your child will become a monster at naptime. One day, your child will just refuse to take either nap well. She will either just stay awake the entire nap, talk to herself, OR, if you have my child, SHOUT “MAMA” FROM HER CRIB UNTIL THE HOUR IS UP.
Anyway, these are the signs that it is about the time that your child is ready for only one nap a day.
Typically, Olive has always been a pretty good sleeper – she is able to soothe herself to sleep, she (knock on wood) doesn’t really wake up in the middle of the night, and her naps are pretty solid chunks of sleep. So when, like clockwork, she refused to take her naps…I knew it was time to go from two naps a day, to one. I totally didn’t want to give up her second nap though – selfishly, I needed that time to pass out for 30 minutes because by 3pm, lets be honest… I’m pretty freaking tired.
So. Dropping a nap. Sounds pretty simple right? WRONG. Because even though your child might not need (or want) two naps a day anymore, she will be totally confused (and upset) if you just suddenly switch to one. So, you have to go through the really drawn out process of pushing Nap One back, 30 minutes at a time, while simultaneously making Nap Two shorter.
This entire process took me about 2.5 to 3 weeks, and people, I am happy to report that we are finally on one solid mid-day nap.
We’ve been on this One Nap Schedule for about a week now, and I’m surprised how much I’m loving it. Our mornings have completely opened up, and now we can go out and actually do more things, versus having to run a single errand and scrambling back home so she can get back in bed.
I am interested to hear your experiences with nap transitions – did you do it the same way I did?