Monday, March 28, 2011

Sleep

I'll start this off by saying that Drake has been an AWESOME sleeper! We started BabyWise around 10 weeks old, and he did great. He was sleeping all night at 12 weeks, and we never looked back, even when teething or having a growth spurt.

However, he seems to have been a little off schedule the past few weeks, and I wonder if it might be that he wants to transition to one nap. Last Wednesday, he would not take an afternoon nap for our sitter. He wasn't crying. Instead, he was just "talking" away and would not close his eyes. On Thursday and Friday, she gave him a short nap (1 hour or less) in the morning, and he did great for his afternoon nap. We tried this over the weekend, but we didn't get the same results. On Saturday, he might have slept 30 minutes in the afternoon, but he didn't sleep at all yesterday afternoon. You can imagine what he was like last night at dinnertime! I don't think he is quite ready for one nap yet based on yesterday.

So, for those of you who have done the transition to one nap, how did you handle it? Did you just shorten the morning nap for a while or go straight to one early nap? How long did the transition take?

7 comments:

Tonya said...

We just went to one early afternoon nap around 12:30pm. If kids get over tired they have a harder time falling asleep from my experience anyway.

K.M.L said...

We took away the morning nap completely and just moved the afternoon one up. Now, he wakes up around 7, takes a nap from around 12-2, and is in bed by 7. I think the transition was okay and if I remember didn't take too long. The key was to keep him busy and awake till lunch/nap. :)

Dave and Elaine said...

UGH! I HATED this transition!!! It was very frustrating! After a couple weeks of naptime craziness, I decided I was setting two naptimes, I was putting LB in the crib and she could sleep if she wanted (or play) but she was staying in there for 1.5 hours (unless of course, she was screaming her head off...which she didn't do). I think the times I set were 10:00-11:30 and then 3:00-4:30. She did learn that was the new nap schedule and she napped pretty good after she got used to the new schedule. Then, she started not sleeping at all for one of the naps.(I can't remember which one! Good thing I documented so well in my blog! ha!) After that started happening consistently 1pm was naptime. At first it was a pretty short nap of about 1.5 hours. Eventually she started sleeping 2 hours and then around 18 mos she was sleeping 2.5 hours. Now she is back to 2 hrs.

Hang in there. Try different things. Several have mentioned an early early afternoon nap. I think many ppl do this and it does seem to work well during that transition phase. You might try it! Put him down at 11:30 or 12:30. Then you can gradually push the nap to 1 or 2pm the older he gets and the longer he can stay awake (and still take a good nap) the older he gets.

This is TOTALLY normal. Remember that! It will pass!!! We started having the troubles on her actual 1st bday and by 15.5 months, we were totally transitioned.

Michelle said...

As far as I can remember, Reid was to one nap/day before he was 15 months old. I think that we just kept him up and entertained that first week through the old morning nap time and he was fine. He naps now from 12-2:30/3:00 without many issues. Sounds like The Drake is ready for 1 nap. He will get used to it easily, I'm sure.

Serendipity said...

ugh I hate hate hate this - some days Dex has one and other days he has two, I just work around his tired signs and pray for the day he is constant at one nap so I can plan my day better.... he's never been a good night sleeper but on this method we get most nights sleept through.

Twinside Out said...

I don't have any experience with this yet - but I wanted to wish you good luck in getting everything figured out! ;)

Jamie said...

We started with 2 naps at 10 and 2, then went cold turkey and dropped the AM nap and moved the PM nap to 1. Changing the routine entirely seemed to be the only way to make it work so they weren't totally crabby for my three.