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When does a baby go from 2 sleeps to 1? I’ve used Save Our Sleep for both my kids, but my second child is nearly 8 months and she rarely has two naps. She naps well in the morning, and then not in the afternoon, or vice versa. She’s breastfed and has started solids, self settles, and usually sleeps from 7:30/8pm to around 4am with a dreamfeed, and once fed at 4 sleeps til 7 or 8. My first child had two naps until after a year old, but my second is very different!

Posted by Kylie 26.2.2013

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  • All kids are different indeed (and so are adults).
    For a kid age 6-12 months most babies still sleep for around 14 hours in a 24-hour period.
    Most babies nap during the day.
    Naps usually last 1-2 hours. Some babies sleep longer. Up to a quarter of all babies of this age nap for less than an hour.
    Most babies are ready for bed between 6 pm and 10 pm.
    Most babies take less than 30 minutes to get to sleep.
    Many babies wake during the night and need an adult to settle them back to sleep. About 1 in 10 babies will do this 3-4 times a night.
    More than a third of parents say they have problems with their baby’s sleep at this age.

  • Just go with the flow and do what bubba needs.

  • Every child is different. Be sure that you are not missing tired signs, they might not be the obvious ones. I have one child that sticks his thumb in his ear when he is tired.

    Some children don’t need as much sleep as others though. My two eldest dropped all day naps between 12-15 months!!

  • mine is happening now. about 11 months

  • It really differs with each child, my daughter wasnt having any day sleeps at all by age 1.

  • Around 14 months for my girls

  • My girls both stopped around the 11 month age. Every child is different so just try don’t giving her the 2nd sleep an maybe movin bedtime a bit earlier

  • All babies are so different. I don’t remember when my kids dropped down to one sleep, but my daughter stopped taking naps at around 18 months, whereas my 2.5 yr old son still occasionally has a day sleep.

  • My daughter stopped about 8 months

  • Good luck :-)

  • If your toddler doesn’t get enough sleep, everyone will be left tired and frazzled.

    In the early years of life, a baby’s nap schedules are in a continuous state of change. After a newborn period of all-day napping, babies eventually settle into a regular two-nap-a-day routine. Most children switch from these two daily naps to one nap sometime between the ages of 12 and 24 months. But that year of difference is a very long span of time, showing that age alone isn’t the only thing to think about when changing your baby’s nap routine.

    Cutting your baby’s daily routine down to two naps from one isn’t about what your child thinks he wants, or the schedule you’d like to have – it’s about the biological need for two naps versus one. Naps at different times of the day serve different purposes in mind and body development at different ages; for example, morning naps have more dreaming (REM sleep), making them important for young babies who need it for early brain development, so you don’t want to cut them too early.

    There’s another thing to consider when deciding to make a schedule change: the fact that the length of time your child is awake from one sleep to the next has a big effect on his mood and behavior. The older your child is, the longer he can go between sleep breaks without getting too cranky.

    Since there’s a wide range of what’s normal, it’s important to look at each child’s behaviour to see when they might be ready to transition to one nap a day. Use the following lists as a guide.

    Signs your child still needs two naps a day
    • Your child is under 12 months old
    • When you put your child down for a nap, she plays, resists, or fusses for a while, but always ends up sleeping for an hour or more
    • When you take your child for car rides during the day, she usually falls asleep
    • If your child misses a nap she’s fussy or acts tired until the next nap or bedtime
    • Your child is dealing with a change in her life (such as a new sibling, sickness, or starting daycare) that disrupts her nap schedule
    • Your child misses naps when you’re on the go, but at home she takes two good naps

    Signs your child is ready to cut back to one nap
    • When you put your child down for a nap she plays or fusses before falling asleep, and then takes only a short nap, or doesn’t fall asleep at all
    • Your child can go for car rides early in the day and not fall asleep in the car
    • When your child misses a nap she’s happy and energetic until the next nap or bedtime
    • Your child sleeps well for one of her naps, but totally resists the other nap

    How to make the transition
    Instead of thinking in terms of ‘dropping a nap’ it’s better to think in terms of a schedule change. The change from two naps to one nap is rarely a one-day occurrence – most often there’ll be a transition period of several months when your child clearly needs two naps on some days, but one nap on others. You have a number of options during this time:
    • Watch for your child’s sleepy signs, and put her down for a nap when she first seems tired
    • Keep two naps, but don’t expect that your child sleeps at both times – allow quiet resting instead
    • Choose a single naptime that’s later than the usual morning nap, but not as late as the afternoon nap. Keep your child active (and outside if possible) until about 30 minutes before the time you’ve chosen
    • On days when a nap occurs early in the day, move your child’s bedtime earlier by 30-60 minutes, to minimise the length of time between nap and bedtime

    The danger of dropping a nap too soon
    It’s my belief that toddlers’ “terrible twos” reputation is likely caused by inappropriate napping schedules. There are so many toddlers who switch from two naps to one nap a day – or even drop them altogether – months before they’re biologically ready. This can result in a devastating effect on their mood and behavior. The good news is that changing your child’s napping routine can make a big difference to her day – and yours.

  • My kids only had one nap. every child is different.. My daughter stopped having her day time sleeps at 6 months old.

  • My daughter only had one nap from 7 months – if your bub is not grouchy then you fine :)

  • all of my 3 children stopped day time napping since 12 months of age – it was very difficult, given they didn’t sleep well during the night. so i guess every child is different i wish my kids did a little more napping when they were little

  • I think it is best to follow what suits your baby & not worry what a typical baby is meant to do. If her current sleeping habits work then that is the main thing. I have found I only had trouble when I tried altering my babies patterns. I have four kids, two of which are twins. All have had very different sleeping habits.

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