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Dropping a Nap

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

Does your baby need to drop a nap?

Here’s a few signs

Wondering if your baby is ready to drop a nap?

It's tough sometimes to figure out the signs that your baby is showing you, and sometimes...we second guess what our gut says!

So to help you out, here's a few things to look for when it comes to dropping a nap:

Protesting a nap

Is your baby protesting a nap? Specifically, the last nap of the day, then your baby is probably needing to drop that last nap (soon ish).

Are naps getting shorter all of a sudden?

If your baby is taking 3 naps, for example, nap 1 & 2 are over an hour, and the third nap is 30 minutes; but now nap 1 or 2 is under an hour, that's a sign that:

Your baby's wake windows need to increase (add 15-20 minutes)!

And then there's probably not time for your baby to have a third nap...

So what can you do?

Move bedtime up by 30{ish} minutes!

If you haven't figured this out yet, moving bedtime up can solve a lot of sleep struggles (multiple wake ups before midnight, early mornings, etc.)

How to increase wake windows!

The first wake window of the day tends to be the slowest to stretch, and I don't typically push for that one to stretch too quickly.

The second wake window is where the stretch happens!

Add 15-20 minutes of awake time, and see how your baby does with the added awake time.

*Most wake windows stretch by 30-minutes per age group/nap transition*

See wake window chart below ⤵️

Signs you know it's their sweet spot:

  • They fall asleep in under 10-15 minutes

  • There's less protest/crying before falling asleep

  • They sleep longer than an hour

What about that last wake window?

The last wake window of the day tends to be the longest of the day, and it can often be longer than what a chart will recommend.

When it comes to dropping a nap, some key things to remember is that:

  • Your baby's mid-day and end of day wake windows need to be longer

  • Their bedtime will need to be earlier

  • Use things like outside time, a bath, and changing up the afternoon activities to help your baby cope with the longer wake windows

  • Nap transitions can take 2-6 weeks!

Have more questions? Hit reply and ask away!

**Is your baby not napping well? Many parents come to me for help with naps! **

Here for you,

Melody Patton

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