Four signs your baby is ready to transition from two naps to one

Apr 23, 2021 | Key Sleep Tips, Naps

One of the most common nap 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:

Every child is different, but most children are ready to drop from two-naps-to-one at an average age of 17 months. Some transition as early as 16 months, and some as late as 18 or even 20 months.

Common signs that your child is ready to drop to one nap include:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  • When you put him down for a nap, he plays or fusses for at least 30 minutes before falling asleep. Then, he takes only a short nap.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • He can go for car rides early in the day without falling asleep.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • He can miss a nap and remain content and playful until his next nap, or until bedtime⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • He naps well for one of his naps, but totally resists the other nap.

It’s important not to push your child into dropping a nap too early. I suggest waiting until signs of being “ready” have been visible for at least 2-3 weeks (and your child is at an appropriate age, as mentioned above), before making the switch.

Check out the details of our 11-18 Month Sleep Guide for a step by step guide on how to make the gradual transition to one nap when babe is showing the signs that she’s ready!

Erin Junker is a Professional Infant & Toddler Sleep Consultant, and owner of The Happy Sleep Company, working closely with tired parents to help them help their little ones get the healthy, restful sleep they need. Follow The Happy Sleep Company on Instagram and Facebook – let’s get your family the healthy, happy sleep you deserve!

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The advice provided by The Happy Sleep Company is not a substitute for medical advice. The advice on this website is provided solely for informational purposes in connection with common early childhood sleep issues that are wholly unrelated to medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified health practitioner with questions regarding medical conditions or the health or welfare of your child. 


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