A toddler's nap routine may need adjusting.
All good things have to end some time, and toddler naps are no exception. When your little one shows signs that she doesn't need a morning nap anymore, you can help ease her through this transition. It might be a little bumpy for a few days as she adjusts to the different sleep schedule, but take heart: after dropping the morning nap, you might get a longer afternoon nap to make up some of the difference.
1Move lunch time up by 30 to 60 minutes during the initial transition time to help your little one stretch until after lunch for the nap.
2Put your tot down for his afternoon nap right after lunch. It's likely that he'll be exhausted during the first days of transition without a nap during the morning hours.
3Wake your toddler after an average nap--two to three hours, max. Letting her sleep longer could make it hard to go down for bedtime.
4Move dinner and bedtime up 30 to 60 minutes during the initial transition time--about one week. This may or not be necessary, but if you see your little one fading fast in the evening, pop him into bed to avoid an overtired monster.
- The transition shouldn't take more than four to seven days. After this period, your little one should be over the adjustment and should settle into a longer afternoon nap that keeps her fresh and happy all day.
- If you find that your child isn't adjusting after a week, and is having problems with crankiness and falling asleep in his soup at lunch, you may have moved too fast in dropping the morning nap. Go back to morning napping for another month or two and then try again.