So when do nap transitions typically occur? While every child is unique, there are some general time frames when nap transitions are more likely to happen.
The following times are the most common:
3-4 MONTHS — baby transitions from 5 naps to 4.
5-6 MONTHS — baby transitions from 4 naps to 3.
8-9 MONTHS — baby transitions from 3 naps to 2.
15-18 MONTHS — toddler transitions from 2 naps to 1.
Aside from age, how do you know when a nap transition is approaching? Here are the most common signs:
*The timing of your little one's naps begins to change - Typically before a nap transition a little one's nap times go from being predictable to uncertain.
*Your little one starts refusing a nap rather consistently - A lot of parents find that their baby/toddler suddenly starts refusing one of his/her naps (typically the last nap of the day) routinely.
*The length of your little one's naps begins to change. Parents sometimes notice that one (or more) of their little one’s naps is suddenly a lot shorter than normal. This can be a sign that your little one is getting ready to make a nap transition.
Now you may be wondering what's the best way to handle a nap transition... In my opinion, knowledge is power and being prepared is your best line of defense. Knowing that a nap transition is approaching can help you ready yourself for the changes to your little one's sleep schedule and the potential disruption that can occur while your baby/toddler is adjusting to fewer naps.
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