What would you do?

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ange84's picture
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What would you do?

I'm thinking I may need to try dropping Ronin's afternoon nap whether he likes it or not. Today at day care all the babies went to sleep early and woke up earlier than normal (and for once it wasn't Ronin that woke them). It's now 8pm and he is asleep, he actually fell asleep in the car when we went to look at Christmas lights around 7:30, which is not normal for him, last night he finally nodded off properly around 11:45pm then was awake on and off most of the night.
He is going to the toddler room on the 3rd of January and they have a different rountine and 1 sleep only (they joke they have so many coming up it will be like baby boot camp getting the new routines happening), so would you just leave everything as is until then or try force dropping a nap, which I know he can get by without because some days he will only have 1 sleep anyway, especially when the next couple of weeks with be all out anyway because I will be home a fair bit and on the three days he is going to daycare it will only be a few hours (drop off late morning/ lunch time) unless I am called in to work.

AnnaRO's picture
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Are you saying that he sleep better at night when he only has one nap during the day? I think if he seems ready to go down to one nap then you should do that. Lyla has been down to one nap a day for several weeks now. I'm afraid she's going to go down to 0 naps before the new baby gets here and then I'll NEVER get to sleep. She does great with just the one nap, but during the transition she was a little more fussy in the evenings than usual for a day or so.

ange84's picture
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He doesn't sleep any better, he just goes to sleep earlier, tonight he woke up at 8:40, then was back asleep in 10-15 minutes then woke less than half an hour after that and then woke around 11:30 and I have been up with him constantaly wanting to nurse or scream for the past two hours (second night in a row, lucky me).

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Dropping a nap is hard. If the holidays are going to screw up your schedule, I suggest waiting until they're over to implement a new routine. When Teagan moved up to the 1 year old classroom at 12 months, I was terrified of their 1 group nap routine. Her teachers encouraged me by saying that all parents are terrified of the group nap and that all the kids adapt very quickly. She did! It took a month or so for her to stop falling asleep on the car ride in but now she's perfectly happy with one nap per day. Kids adapt to new routines much more easily at daycare than at home. Its the group-think mentality. I am still stunned every day that Teagan just snuggles up for a nap on her mat next to all the other kids. She even naps with a blanket which she will not do at home. Weird, huh? Part of me doesn't believe it actually happens but they assure me it does ;). For awhile she was napping once at daycare and twice on the weekends. Two naps was too much though and she'd stay up really really late (which meant less sleep overall for everyone). That's how we knew for sure that she was ready for the switch.

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So are you doing one nap or two naps? If your doing 2, then Im surprised he hasnt dropped the first one on his own. I think having one night does help them sleep longer and it makes for a better routine or schedule.

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Aiden dropped to 1 nap a few months ago and it was a disaster. So I forced him back to two naps. Well, now I think he really only needs one nap, but the past week kid asks to go to sleep for a 2nd nap most days (yep, he baby signs this!). Since things have been so crazy for our lives recently I've just been letting him do whatever as long as he's sleeping at night (which he is). Things are settling into a new routine finally, so I'm thinking next week tackling him only having one nap. We're not going anywhere for Christmas and DH will be home starting Thursday so we can tag team to get him past the transition hump. It's been horrible getting DS down for a 1st nap, but he asks for the 2nd nap. If he'd just make his 1st nap longer I think he'd transition just fine. Blum 3

I say as long as you don't have a lot of stuff that will make it hard to change his naps up now, I say it's worth a try now.

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He may go decide on his own during the busy holiday's.

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"laurensmitty1982" wrote:

So are you doing one nap or two naps? If your doing 2, then Im surprised he hasnt dropped the first one on his own. I think having one night does help them sleep longer and it makes for a better routine or schedule.

He varies, at home on weekends we often have just one nap, at daycare he has two because that is the routine in the nursery. On weekends, especially Saturdays we have a bit to do so we are constantly running around in the morning and he usually falls asleep in the car on the way home.

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I'd maybe wait until Jan. since the holidays will move things round and he will transition to the other room at school then. If its affecting his night time sleep (too much daytime sleep) then I'd be all for moving to 1 nap too.

At preschool there is totally a group mentality when it comes to napping and falling asleep. We get as many as 12 kids down and sleeping each day because of it. Also there is more physical exhaustion (play & interactions with loads of other kids) that is hard to replicate at home sometimes.