Don’t we all have these days… days when we are just tired out mentally and physically. Yup, last weekend felt like this, especially when the kiddo skips his 2nd nap, and fights sleep just because he wants to walk around the room… when he’s clearly overtired and cranky. Thankfully it’s Monday today and back to work for us and Nat is at my mom’s where he doesn’t seem to resist his naps.
So what are the signs that your toddler may be doing the 2-to-1 nap transition?
How can we help them along this (tiring) phase?
I found some useful tips HERE, in particular rule#2 which involves a “plan of attack”.
Basically, some form of structuring and adjustment is needed ie. gradually adjusting back the 1st nap later in the morning until it happens at noon or slightly later. Then your toddler can do a longer 2-2.5hr nap in the afternoon after lunch. Thereafter, washing-up and the evening bedtime routine can happen ard 730pm and bedtime may happen by 8pm. This becomes possible as the toddler grows older and their wake times extend.
The above is just a sample.
As we know, no toddler is going to follow any schedule like clockwork. More importantly, I’ve also come to realize that a “1 nap day” may not happen daily. There may still be days where your toddler takes 2 naps, if they are tired and need it.
For instance, Nat takes 2 naps on weekdays at my mom’s while he tends to take 1 nap on weekends at home with us.
That’s partly because I am trying to experiment and see how Nat handles a “1 nap day”.
When his body is ready, or nearer 18 months, maybe he’ll be taking 1 nap only on weekdays? There’s no way we can predict such things.
The only perk of Nat’s “1 nap days” is that he is tired by 730pm and on evenings we are at home, which is quite often, he sleeps by 8pm until 645/7am the next day.
Personally, I believe a continuous stretch of 10-11 hours of night sleep does his body more good than his “2 nap day” timings where he sleeps from 9pm-630am (9hrs+) at night.
Never knew naps could be so technical but they somehow always are! Or maybe I just make it my prerogative because his sleep patterns directly affect our quality of life hahaha