You’ve rocked your baby to sleep; you’ve tip-toed over to the crib and ever-so-gently put her down; you’ve ninja’d your way out of the nursery using a brightly-coloured sticky note map on the floor to avoid the creaks in the hardwoods; and… you’re out! You did it! Baby stayed asleep!
… And then exactly 45 minutes later the monitor lights up and your baby is awake… Every. Single. Time. The 45-minute nap is really common, and there are a few specific reasons why - read on!
While every baby is different, there are some sleep generalities that simply can’t be ignored, and one of those is when to make certain nap transitions.
One of the most common conversations I have with parents is the awkward daytime scheduling that comes along with ages five-to-seven months, and how to decide on two naps or three each day.
One of the most common questions I get from parents is when to expect that their child will be ready to transition to one nap, instead of two. Let's talk about the signs that your child might be ready for just one nap each day, and how to make the transition as smooth as possible!
If your child is between the ages of three and four, he might be showing signs of being ready to drop his nap. For some parents, this is a welcome change, as they find naps inhibit their ability to get out of the house and get things done (i.e. feeling "trapped by the nap"). For others, though, this is a rather unwelcome adjustment; not only does it mean you lose a couple hours of free time while your child snoozes during the day (buh bye, hot tea and Facebook scrolling! Tear!), but it may also...