Our 14 month old used to take 2 naps consistently and is now on a weird schedule where some days she fights either a morning or the afternoon nap (usually the afternoon one). I follow her cues very closely but there are days when she just resists, which means she may have a very early bedtime, like 5:45 or 6 pm. On the days she takes a late afternoon nap, around 3:30'ish, should I wake her up after 45 minutes or an hour, to insure she has a decent bedtime, or do I just let her sleep. I've always hated the idea of waking a sleeping baby but I've also always heard that naps shouldn't go much beyond 4 or 4:30 so that they don't interfere with bedtime. Thanks!
Asked by Anonymous at 5:10 PM on Aug. 29, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)
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Answer by Zoeyis at 5:29 PM on Aug. 29, 2010
This is what I have learned and it is a fact, "Sleep brings on sleep". The more they sleep, the more relaxed and easier it will be to get them to bed at night and sleep through the night quietly. I would encourage her to take a one nap no later than 2:00. Let her sleep until 3:30. Everyone will be happier including her. You could try the stroller trick. Put her in a small umbrella stroller in the house and close the blinds in the afternoon. Wheel her around quietly until she falls asleep. It worked for my Son in about 10 minutes. He went to bed at night without it. He's almost 4 and still naps 2 hours a day.
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