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Dropping from 2-1 nap

This can be notoriously difficult, so if you have been struggling, don’t worry, it can be a tricky one!

You’ll usually find your little one is ready to go from 2-1 nap about halfway through their second year, between about 15-18 months (though this is just an average!). Dropping the morning nap, to consolidate to just one more elongated nap in the middle of their waking time in the day.

Signs your little one may be ready are either:

  • You flat out struggle to get them down for the morning nap anymore, or,

  • You do get them down but it causes a super short lunch nap meaning the wake time before bed is long, which can result in some difficulty limping through until bedtime!

If you feel like they really still need the morning nap as they’re struggling to make it through to lunch, your best bet is probably to gently cap it so they’ve got enough time to build up sleep pressure again before the lunchtime nap. Hopefully if you do this over the course of a few days or weeks making the nap shorter and shorter each time you’ll be able to get rid of it completely.

As you try and ease away from it completely, keep it light and bright in the morning, try and get out for some fresh air if you can and keep your little one distracted.

The lunchtime nap may initially be a bit earlier than you’d like as they drop the morning nap, but you can work on pushing it to where you want it slowly every few days.

Unfortunately when it comes to this nap dropping you’ll likely have to take it on a day by day basis to start with and be led by your little one. Some days they may really struggle without it and others they can power through. Be patient, you’ll get there in the end!

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