When Should Babies Transition To One Nap?
New parents often ask, when should my baby transition from two naps to one and when should I start introducing a nap schedule? It is important to remember that all babies are different and have different needs, but the average age for a baby to transition to one nap is 12 months.
A Typical Nap Schedule
At 3 months, a baby can typically handle up to four naps per day; 2-3 hours apart. By 6 months, that number has usually been whittled down to three naps, and then around 9-12 months, it can be further adjusted to two naps.
As your baby hits the 12 month mark, you’ll want to start transitioning to only one nap per day. At this age, it’s normal and healthy for a baby to lose one of their naps.
Signs That You Should Start Reducing Naps
There are a few signs to look out for that will indicate when it’s time to start reducing naps:
- Good Nighttime Sleep: If your baby has been sleeping well through the night, they may be ready to transition to one nap a day. This is because they may not be as tired during the day and won’t need the extra rest.
- Early Wake-Ups: If your baby starts waking up earlier from their naps, this could be an indication that they’re getting too much sleep or tired of being in the crib.
- Fights naps: If your baby is fighting their naps and having trouble settling down that could mean they’re ready for a schedule change.
Making the Transition to One Nap
Now that you’ve recognized the signs that it’s time to make the transition to one nap, there are a few things you can do to help make the transition.
- Create a Routine: A bedtime routine can help your baby settle down and adjust more easily to the change so establish and maintain a regular bedtime routine.
- Keep Sleeping Room Dark: Create a dark and comfortable sleeping environment for your baby that can help with the transition.
- Be Consistent: Stick to the same nap schedule every day and be consistent with feeding and bathing times.
Making the transition from two naps to one can be a challenge, but with a little patience and routine, you can make the process easier. But remember that every baby is different and some may need more time than others to adjust. So if your baby is still struggling to adjust, stay patient and keep trying until you find a routine that works for both of you.