Reese is 13.5 months and I’m still putting her down for two naps - only for her morning naps, 75% of the time she ends up just playing in her crib for an hour. I go in after 30 min to check her diaper (because if she is pooped she definitely will not fall asleep) but lately she’s not pooped. Is she ready to transition to one nap?
On the days where she skips her morning nap I get her out of her crib, feed her a snack/bottle and then take her out, usually to the park for an hour. Then I give her an early lunch and off to bed she goes for her “second” nap around noon. By this time she’s exhausted and passes out. She usually sleeps about 2 hours, sometimes 3.
According to Marc Weisenbluth, author of "Healthy Sleep Habits", Happy Child “At twelve months of age, 82 percent of children have two naps and 17 percent take only a single afternoon nap. But by fifteen months of age, 43 percent of children are taking two naps and 56 percent take a single afternoon nap.”
I feel like transitioning to just one nap at 13.5 months is a bit young. Don’t you think? But maybe Reese is just part of the 17 percent who are ready for one nap. Reese seems to do just fine off of one two-hour nap (although sometimes a bit tired in the early evening) so I should just face the facts. On the days when Reese takes just one nap, like Weisenbluth suggests, I simply put her to bed a little earlier. This seems to be working for us. He also says that the transition to one nap can take a few months.
How old was your little one when they transitioned from two naps to one nap? How did you know they were ready? And was the transition easy?