Updated: Oct 20, 2022
Drop it like it's hot! (the 2-1 nap transition)
Usually, I'm excited about nap transitions!
More awake time means the ability to go out for longer before someone needs a nap again.
I also like avoiding driving like a madwoman back home to avoid missing the in crib nap (no? just me?)
But there's one nap transition that I cringe at, just a little, and that's the 2-1 nap transition.
The awake time increases significantly, and there's the afternoon grumpiness that I'm less than pleased to see.
So in the spirit of 'it takes a village', here are my tips and considerations to help you through the 2-1 nap transition!
Timing is everything!
Is your baby 10 months and showing signs of fighting a nap?
Hang in there, they probably aren't ready yet.
It's common to go through phases where your baby may fight a nap or bedtime, and it's all in preparation to drop the second nap.
The typical age for going to one nap is around 12-16 months. Some do it a little earlier, some a little later, but this is the average.
How much protest?
Has your 13-month old been fighting a nap or bedtime for a day or two weeks?
Generally, I say that if the struggle has been for at least two weeks, then you can consider moving forward with the transition. If it's been a day (or two), just hang in there!
1) Ready to get started?
The first adjustment for this transition is to move your baby's morning nap to start between 11-1130 am.
You may have to give them a snack at 10 am and go outside to help them get used to not napping at that time.
I wouldn't suggest a stroller walk, or car ride at this time as they will *most* definitely fall asleep and there goes your chance at one nap day!
2) Fruit snack to the rescue!
Now, you know that between 2-3 pm your child is going to feel tired, and they may want to lay down somewhere and catch a few ZzZ's.
Fruit snack to the rescue!
The natural sugars give them a bit of a boost to get through their typical afternoon nap time and make it to bedtime.
Pro-tip: Do a mid-afternoon bath to help with a grumpy baby!
3) Move on up!
Next up would be to move their bedtime to between 6:30-7:00 pm.
It's not forever, but the early bedtime will help compensate for the lack of a second nap, and chances are, they will be ready for it!
There you have it!
My quick guide to dropping the second nap!
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