When Do Babies Go From 2 Naps to 1 Smoothly?

During the toddler stage, napping is an art. A toddler needs lots of sleep, with two naps a day and then sleeping at night later on. However, there comes a time when they may need only one nap, and you may need to learn how to transition from two to one. How can you do this in the smoothest way possible? Being able to transition is sometimes hard, but this guide can help you out.

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When Does A Baby Transition From Two Naps To One?

If your baby is between 15-18 months, it’s usually a good time to begin the transition. Some toddlers may begin the transition later or earlier, so don’t sweat it if your kid isn’t ready yet, or was ready a long time ago. It’s not something you should rush. Rushing things just leads to angry toddlers and parents, and no one wants that! Instead, look at your baby and this can help you determine when the moment is right. By forcing it, you may end up having it backfire in your face, and that’s never good.

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How To Know If They Are Ready

It can be hard to tell if a toddler is ready. The key is to not force it. Forcing it before they are ready can make their sleep schedule a whole lot worse. It’ll just lead to an angry, sleep-deprived toddler and a parent who is begging their toddler to just fall asleep. Like many things in the toddler stage, it’s something that you can’t force. You don’t want to force your kid to change their diet or toilet train without making sure they are ready. However, there are ways that you can figure out whether or not they’re ready. These include. 

A Change In Nap Patterns

If you notice that your toddler’s nap patterns are changing, this can be a sign that it’s time for you to change the naptime from two to one. What do we mean by a change in nap patterns? This is how they are performing in their naps. It can differ from toddler to toddler, but when we are talking about this, we generally mean:

The toddler is having a hard time falling asleep with their naps, or waking up earlier. This may signal that they only need one nap.

They may nap easily with one nap, but struggle with the next. Again, this may be a sign that they may only need one, and that you should transition to one.

They may skip a nap and be fine until it’s bedtime, and then they can rest easier.

This is a repeated pattern. If they have one or two nights like this, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is ready to change their nap. There are days where your sleep patterns may change, for example. You may need to make sure that it’s happening for a few weeks. 

It doesn’t respond to any tweaks. If you change the timing a little bit, and your child is still struggling with one of their naps, it could be time to transition! Once that happens, here is how you can make the smoothest transition possible.

Finally, if your child can sleep for 11 hours without your care, it can be a sign that it’s ready for you to transition. Make sure you do it as smoothly as possible.

Helping Your Child Transition

If you see the signs, it could mean that your child is ready to transition from one nap to two. However, it’s not the easiest process in the world, and there may be some bumps in the road regardless. Here’s how you can make it easier for both you and the baby.

With nap time, perhaps you should let the child nap whenever they are showing signs of sleepiness. When this happens, you may want to put them to sleep and see where they go from there. Don’t force your baby to stay up for longer than they want.

The power of incremental change is always good. Wanting to change naptime in one feel swoop sounds like a good idea until your child is getting angry about. Move the morning nap to one single nap in the afternoon. Every day, make the morning nap 15 minutes later until eventually, it reaches the afternoon. This can help you rest easier. In a week, your child may be able to fall asleep much easier. Patience and incremental change are good if you want results.

Keeping your kid active all day can help tire them out and allow them to get a good night’s sleep. If they are lazy all day, they may be energetic.

About 30 minutes before it’s time to sleep, it’s time to wind down. Take your kid away from a device, read them a story, and then let them nap in a cool, dark room. This can help them sleep much better. Children love to sleep a lot, so make sure that they’re getting it.

When your kid is adjusting to their new single nap, it’s okay for you to adjust the bedtime a little bit. Maybe you can move bedtime back a little bit if you so wish. This can help your child sleep much better. Going to bed too late can mess with their schedule.

There may be bumps in the road. For example, your child may still want to have two naps a day. That’s okay. Not every day is going to be single nap, but as long as you try to stick to a schedule, you can help your kid transition as smoothly as possible. It’s not going to be completely linear. 

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Transitioning from two to one naps is always exciting. Your toddler is growing into a more independent child who needs less sleep, and this means there is more time for fun. So don’t fear change: embrace it. 

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