Two Naps to One? The Transition! Answering Your Sleep Questions.
2 to 1 Nap Transition! How and When!
Nap transitions can be tricky, sometimes really tricky and one of the most difficult transitions can be from having two naps and going to one. In this week’s video, I’m answering Laura’s question on how to make it easier.
My advice is always not to rush the nap transition. For most toddlers, having that balance of sleep in the day is important and can prevent having an overtired toddler. An overtired toddler equals tantrums, which makes for an unhappy family. No one wants that!
This is one of the occasions where I recommend capping nap times. Instead of having a longer morning nap and then struggling to get the afternoon one in, I suggest capping the nap shorter, even to 30-40 minutes, to ensure your toddler can get an afternoon nap in, to keep that balance of sleep up.
Quick Fixes and Fast Tips
In this video I also talk a little bit about quick fixes and how it’s difficult for me to answer when someone says “just give me a tip so my baby will sleep.” It’s not that I don’t want to give you a quick tip so your baby sleeps. I wish I could, but sleep is so much more complicated than that. Frequently, a deep dive into everything is required, to figure out the challenge.
If you have a sleep question you would like answered, send it my way! Click here to submit it. I typically post them on Monday on the blog and on the Sleepy Lambs Facebook page. This week we’re a little delayed due to getting knocked out with gastro. 🙁
Mary Foster is a certified sleep consultant and founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting and the popular Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy. She had 3 little ones in 3 years (along with an international move at 7 months pregnant with #3, which just means she’s a little crazy and adventurous). Her little “lambs” keep her busy, with her oldest just turned 6, middle one almost 5 and the youngest is almost 3.
Mary is Canadian and is based in Surrey, UK, near the Hampshire and Berkshire border. She has supported hundreds of families in 11 countries. Mary’s unique approach is always holistic and focuses on emotional wellness, always respectful of parenting choices. Click here to send her an email.