Transitioning to One Nap a Day

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Transitioning to one nap a day is made easier because it happens naturally and there are many signs your child might have to show that they are ready. Find out about transitioning to one nap a day with help from an experienced parenting expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina, and this is transitioning to one nap a day. Transitioning to one nap a day is made easier because it happens naturally and there are many signs your child might have to show that they are ready. One sign that your child might be ready to go down to one nap a day is that when you lay them down they play in their bed for quite a while before they fall asleep or they don't fall asleep at all. Another is that maybe they sleep for their morning nap but then when you try to lay them down for their afternoon nap, they lay in their bed and play or cry or fuss and never go to sleep or fall asleep quite a bit later than they normally would. One sign that you might want to watch for is that their morning nap starts edging back later and later and they're not quite as grouchy as they usually were in the morning or sometimes they need a nap and sometimes they don't. Generally that's a sign that they are starting to transition. During this transition phase, I like to work with my children. Some days are really busy and they want two naps and need two naps after that day but then maybe they catch up during the night and then the next day they don't seem quite ready to go down for their morning nap so I hold off until the afternoon nap and maybe lay them down a little early for their afternoon nap but that way they are not sleeping too much during the day and then not sleeping enough at night. So we are keeping the general rhythm of our days the same. There are lots of signs that your child might be ready. It's important to know your child and also to be ready with comfort items during those morning nap times that they don't go down for a nap but might be a little grouchy until they get to lunchtime, things like a pacifier or a comfort blanket can be a great help for just a couple of weeks until they are fully into their only sleeping in the afternoon routine. Thanks for watching.

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