No matter how much you love your little ones and how much you enjoy spending time with them, if we are completely honest, every parent looks forward to nap time. It is that quiet time where we can take a few moments for ourselves or get a few chores done around the house.
Starting around the age of 6-9 months, your baby may start developing a schedule which will include two naps – one in the late morning and one in the afternoon. Once your baby is on a schedule like this, you find that your days start to become more predictable.
But then, everything changes…and those two naps are condensed to one, leaving you with less time to get things done and a new schedule to learn.
Most babies do not switch to one nap until sometime between the ages of 18 to 24 months, but that does not mean your baby may not change earlier than that.
So, how do you know when it is time?
There are a few telltale signs you can look for if you think your child is trying to transition to one nap:
- She gets up too early or stays up too late (which may be a sign she is getting too much day time sleep)
- She fights one of her regular naps, not seeming tired and possible playing or talking to herself in bed
- She begins to sleep later in the mornings (which will push her nap later into the day, making it more of a midday nap)
Figuring out how to work around a new schedule can be tricky for you both, but eventually you will get it down and will be happy to have more time to play with your little one while she is awake.