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    Default 10 month old dropping 2nd nap!!!

    My almost 10 month old DD has recently started dropping the 2nd nap with alarming regularity. It is almost impossible to get anything done in the afternoons! She is still going down easily and self settling for nap 1 around 9am and is sleeping 90 mins - 2 hours. She shows lots of tired signs after she's been awake around 3 hours and I usually put her back down for her nap around 1.30pm- 2 but lately it ends up in her crying, me going in to resettle over and over and eventually giving up after about an hour of this. By this time it's usually only 90 mins off dinner time so we just push through but she's pretty much beside herself by 6pm and the evenings are not much fun. I have tried giving a bottle just before the 1.30pm nap and playing quietly in her room but it's not working. Wondering if this is just a phase??? Any ideas welcome
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    All mine had dropped to one sleep by 9 months. DD3 is only 8 months and often only has one day sleep. I just go with it and if she's not asleep by 2 I keep her up or try and get her to sleep in the carrier or the pram (depends on what we're doing).

    I find the time around dropping sleeps rough as mine always did it before they were quite ready. It just means early dinner and bedtime for a few weeks until the other sleep stretches out or they cope.

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    My 11 month old just dropped to one nap - I never thought that would happen yet as my first continued with 2 naps until a lot older. But I was so sick of fighting for that second nap and she goes down sooo easily now and sleeps 3-3.5 hrs so getting more sleep than before.

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    DD was the same so I just went with it! Now the one sleep is 2-3hrs so I get as much done then.

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    Thanks ladies. It just seems so early for her to be dropping to 1 nap! She'll only be 10 months next weekend.

    Ok, wondering if I should try and keep her up to 10am and see if the nap will stretch a bit longer? Is that what you ladies did and moved lunchtime later?

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    DD goes down from 10-11am depending what time she's woken up that morning. I go 3-4 hrs depending on her mood. She has lunch when she wakes up. On the odd occasion she's had a rough night or woken up really early she will have 2 sleeps.

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    DS went to one nap about 13 months.

    Before that I would have to wake him after an hour otherwise he wouldn't sleep in the arvo. So he would sleep 9.30-10.30 then 1.30-3.30 ish.

    Is waking her an option?

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    Would taking her for a walk in the pram help? Sounds like she needs the sleep, even if it's just 30 mins in the pram during the afternoon

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    Yes I put DD3 down after 10 these days (often not until 11). I have the added complication of school drop offs and pick ups so there are certain times I need her awake and if she's sleepy around 3 she has her nap in the carrier or not at all.

    She eats a lot. I give her a big breakfast when she wakes and then a large morning tea before she goes down. Usually toasted sandwiches, avocado sandwiches, cheese ham etc, yoghurt, fruit whatever i have. I try and make sure she has protein. Then a breastfeed 15 minutes later and down around 11 or 1130. She sleeps til around 2. She'll have a smallish afternoon tea when kids get home from school and then dinner at 5.

    On my work days she tends to get an afternoon sleep in the pram as her nanny takes her for a walk before the kids get home from school.

    I find with so many other children in the house she's too stimulated to sleep so has to be really exhausted.

    I remember with my first desperately clinging on to day sleeps but now I prefer it when they're down to one as I can get so much more done.

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    My DD also dropped to 1 nap around 9 months, it really surprised me, I didn't think it would happen so early and was really stressed about how I would manage but it's really worked out for the best. The first week or so when it happened was rough but I managed to delay her 1 nap to around 11, then 12, and now she sleeps 12:30 to around 3, so we get the whole morning and a good chunk of afternoon to get out and do things, and a nice long rest in the middle for both of us.


 

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