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    Default Looking for nap advice for my 9 month old from mothers who have older children

    Hi everyone! Apologies in advance for the long post: I’m in need of some advice and help from some of you out there who have older children and have been through the 2 nap to 1 nap transition. My little one is 9 months old and I think he might be heading in the direction of having just one nap per day. Though from what I’ve been reading up on, it seems a bit early?? In any case, the past week or so, he’s either had one good nap and one bad nap, or two bad naps per day, and he’s been waking up earlier than his usual 7am. He used to do a big morning nap usually 2 hours or so, and a shorter afternoon nap, about 1.5 hours. However it seems like he’s at the stage where two naps are too much but one nap is not enough. What would you suggest doing? I know a lot of it will be trial and error.

    I was thinking of moving his morning nap later but waking him up so that he can still fit in the afternoon nap, but at the same time, making the afternoon nap a bit later as well and keeping it quite short??

    Can you share what you have done with your bubs during this transitional period?? Thank you in advance.

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    DD is 18 months and I remember finding the transition to 1 nap a bit tricky! I started gradually moving her morning nap later. She would then have an afternoon nap, but it was shorter. She used to wake up after one sleep cycle, and I'd have to get her back to sleep. I just let her stay awake after the first sleep cycle.

    Eventually, her morning nap got later and longer (about 11.30am for an hour and a half). Then I'd miss the afternoon nap, but put her to bed an hour earlier at night.

    I also found that I needed to be a bit flexible with lunch. Sometimes at 11.30, she was just too tired and cranky to eat so I'd wait until after the nap for lunch and give her a bit more milk to go to sleep.

    From memory, the whole transition took 2-3 months and she was consistently having 1 nap at about 14 months.
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    I have just done this with my 12 month old. She was napping 1hour At 9 and 2 hours at about 12-1ish. I began by slowly shortening the morning nap by 10 minutes every second day. When we got to 15 minutes she was just playing in her cot so I stopped putting her down. Now she is very ready for a nap at 12 and sleeps solidly for 1.5-2 hours. She sleeps 7-7 at night. Good luck. A friends child stopped napping at 10 months so every kid is different.

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    My children are only 13 months apart so I transitioned my youngest to 1 daytime nap a day pretty early on so that both my kids would nap at the same time. I started by slowly moving her morning nap back by 30 mins every day and then made sure I fed her up as much as possible and let her sleep as long as she wanted.

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    It does seen a little young, but then again my dd was only 10 or 11 months when we started transitioning. She was only having 2x40 min naps though and was starting to really fight the afternoon sleep. I think I took that as the biggest sign she was ready - I just couldn't get her to sleep in the afternoon.

    If you do feel he is ready, just be prepared for it to take a while. Some days he may need 2 sleeps still. I gradually pushed dds morning sleep back, starting at 10:30. Now she sleeps at 12 after she has lunch. She still only sleeps for an hour though :/

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    Thank you all! Yesterday I let him have a two hour morning nap at a slightly later time, and then a 40 minute mid afternoon nap. He wasn't cranky in the evening. I think that will work for now. It was good to see what other people have done! Thanks for sharing.

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    My 10 month old has just moved to one nap. She was going down fine for two naps but was horrendous to settle at night and waking up and wanting to play. She's also teething and trying to crawl at the moment so there is a bit going on. Going to the one nap hasn't solved our night time issues but had helped slightly. She copes fine. She's a happy baby generally. Good luck.

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    Hi Minnie! I remember you well from other threads! Ah I guess we are both stuck with not so good sleepers! I've moved my little one's bed time to 8pm so he settles better. It used to be 7pm then I tried 7.30pm and now we are on 8pm and he generally sleeps till 6.30am or so.
    How did you go about transitioning to one nap a day?

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    My son went to 1 nap at 6months so doesn't sound too young to me, some kids just don't need as much sleep

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    Hi Moosemouse

    Yes we seem to keep popping up in the same threads! With the day sleep I just pushed her out longer in the morning so she had her first sleep later. However yesterday we did two as she was super tired earlier. Still having a range of sleep issues with that would require another thread but she's not too bad now. The biggest problem we have is that she wakes every single night after one sleep cycle...


 

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