Most toddlers are ready to transition to just one nap somewhere between 14 and 18 months of age.
(some toddlers transition as early as 12 months and some as late as 2 years) As your baby’s nap times transition, your baby might not continue to nap the same amount of hours and the night time sleep may lengthen (temporarily or permanently) to accommodate the missing hours. Pushing your toddler to transition to one nap before they are ready can cause over-tiredness and contribute to shorter nap times, crankiness and more sleep problems at night. It’s a good idea to think of your baby as “consolidating” their naps as opposed to “dropping” a nap.
Drowsiness can slow reaction time as much as driving drunk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U. The problem is greatest among people under 25 years old.
For a 7am wake time – aim for a 12pm nap and 7pm bedtime.
Parents discuss how they jumped from 2 naps to 1 with your ever wakeful toddler. The first time this happened, she babbled in her crib for 1hr before I took her out. I remember (perhaps wrongly, but still...) just switching her older sister from two to one with very little drama.
I know that she will eventually consolidate her naps to one long nap, but I don't know what to do during the transition.Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job.In one study, workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents. Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. If you have a more structured day, then choose a time for the one nap and stick to it and she "should" work with it (I think thats how daycares work). Be flexible about nap times:"I don't have much advice about this, other than to say that it can be a rocky adjustment, but one that miraculously resolves itself. Or should I keep trying to put her down for a morning nap to give her an opportunity to sleep if she needs it? My daughter did the same thing for about a month when she was transitioning. Eventually she got herself on a schedule of 1 nap (at around 17 months I think).