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When did you phase out the morning nap? I can't for the life of me remember when I did it for DD1 and ofcourse I didn't write it in her memory book. I have noticed in the last couple of weeks, B has only been napping for 1 hr in the morning, where K will nap for 2 and in the afternoon its opposite. Should I keep them up in the morning and then have a good nap in the afternoon? It just seems too early to be eliminating a nap already (they are almost 7 months).

Any suggestions???

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I dont remember either, but I am NOT cutting out any breaks..ummm....I mean naps anytime soon ; )

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I think my boys were about 9-10 mo, but my friend was amazed they were not needing it anymore, since hers did two naps until about 18mo. But my kids have never been great sleepers. Smile

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Woah, yours have a schedule?!

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It was about 12-13 months for us. They need those 2 naps for a while yet.

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Before they were 1 yr old. James could no longer nap in both the morning and afternoon, though Eric still needed two naps. Tried having them on 2 different schedules for a while, but couldn't stand it. So poor Eric just had to adjust to only an afternoon nap.

I tried to keep my oldest napping twice a day for far too long (she stopped altogether at 15 months), and it ended up causing sleep problems during both the day and night.

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I don't remember exactly but I know they were much older than that. Maybe 18 months or so? Mine didn't even start napping on a consistent schedule until about 6 months. So I took what I could get as long as I could get it lol!!

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"bamsmom" wrote:

I dont remember either, but I am NOT cutting out any breaks..ummm....I mean naps anytime soon ; )

LOL I cant live without their morning naps, its the only time I get to nap if Im able to. I dont want to get rid of a nap at all.

"triplespiral" wrote:

Woah, yours have a schedule?!

I thought they did, and then they proved me wrong!

I changed their schedules completely and started letting them nap more often and they are actually having better naps and sleeping better at night. Strange!

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"krista83" wrote:

I changed their schedules completely and started letting them nap more often and they are actually having better naps and sleeping better at night. Strange!

Actually, that is not strange at all. An overtired baby = bad sleep at night. A well-rested baby = good sleeper. I know it sounds crazy, but it is the same with all of us. Kids, in particular, do not sleep well if they are overtired. Overtired = overstimulated, which means difficulty in getting the brain into rest mode. When we sleep well, we feel better and our brain is able to shut off easier.

As an example, when my girls nap well during the day, they go right to sleep at night. No nap = playing in their crib until way past their ideal bedtime. Of course, it then sets them up for less sleep overnight, and it starts this whole cycle of not getting enough sleep. It is hard to get them back on track.

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I think ours stopped doing morning naps when they were slightly older than 12 mths, but I don't remember when. They still sleep 2+ hrs in the afternoon and when I or DH are with them, we depend on that time. We still tell J that during their nap time, it's her quiet time so she is on the couch reading usually and sometimes falls asleep. That gives me a bit of time to snooze in the chair if I really need it as I am a horrible sleeper. But if one would quietly play in the crib while the other one was sleeping, I always let them unless they got loud. I found they usually fell asleep a bit later. They're still like that in their beds. Usually it's Kiri that tries to stay awake as long as possible while Tae and J are passed out.

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Oh gosh...i forgot about morning naps! Its been a while...so if I had to guess, I would say around 18 months? Their afternoon nap is about 2 1/2-3 hours now, and is awesome! On the weekends, I still nap with them, lol