How can I help my toddler nap longer?

He is 18 months old toddler sleep for 10-10.5hrs at a goodnight wake up 5:30am then taking 2 naps a day 30 minutes each. How can I help him to sleep longer during naps than 30 minutes?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:34 AM on Jan. 31, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I always took mine outside and let them run around and get more energy out then they ended up sleeping more. But at around 2 all of mine stopped napping as much and started sleeping more at night. They would get cranky around 6 or 7 at night so Id lay down with them and watch a movie or something and theyd pass out by around 7:30 and woke up around 6am.

    Answer by gemgem at 9:41 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • how about moving him to one nap a day? i think 18 mos is actually a natural time babies kind of move to one nap...

    Answer by shinbi at 9:46 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • i'll add that my son is 14 months and we moved him to one nap about a month ago, and he was fine. he naps about 1.5 hours after lunch. he goes down at night at around 8 - 8:30 and wakes around 7am, if i'm lucky. that's usually if i give him a bottle around 5:30am and he goes back to sleep.

    Answer by shinbi at 9:49 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • some kids just need less sleep than others. but i'd use your instincts on that. like, my almost-three-year old is starting to transition out of naps but she still gets really fussy if she doesn't get one at all. so she still needs a nap. so i'd just go by his signs. if he seems to be getting enough sleep. . . then i wouldn't worry about it. but if he gets tired and fussy in the early evening. . . maybe you should institute some naptime rules. i always just put my kids in the bed and they stayed there for at least an hour. . . even if they didn't sleep (they might cry, but they'd play too). and eventually they'd start sleeping the whole time. but that's just what worked for me. i'd say talk to your pediatrician too.

    Answer by rachelo at 10:14 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • Combine the naps into one.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 10:14 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • My kids always sleep longer (like 3 hours!) if I sleep with them. I know it's not always possible but I'm sure you could use the rest too!
    also if you can make the naps into one.

    Answer by NoahsMomma418 at 10:40 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • He's the perfect age to start taking one nap a day.  I would take him outside at home in the morning instead of that first nap.  He might fall asleep in the car if you drive somewhere.  Get him extra tired and try putting him down around 11 a.m.  My son did the exact same thing, waking up after 30 minutes, but I knew he was still tired.  I made his bedroom as dark as possible and kept the house very quiet.  When he started waking up, I'd go in and "shhh shhh" him and rub his back.  Even if he tried to get up, I'd lay him back down and keep sending the message that it was time to sleep.  Eventually, he'd go back to sleep.  It took about a week of doing this for him to start sleep about 90 minutes without my help.  It's the same thing I did at night to help him sleep through the night.  Good luck!


    Answer by DeTora_Family at 10:47 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • my neice was the same way and she still is at 2 years......she slept little spurts all day! it is normal

    Answer by kaylajean86 at 1:34 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • My son is 19-mos now and has been on one nap a day for about 4 months. We decided to go to one nap because each of his two naps were only 45 min long. When he went to one nap, the nap was only a little over an hour for the first week and then it lengthened gradually to 2 hours as he got older. He sleeps 11 hours at night now.

    I also noted that if his one nap is later in the day he seems to sleep longer at night. Maybe because he isn't overtired at night. They say more sleep begets more sleep.

    Answer by Vespa at 2:26 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • Transition him to one nap a day. He'll be tired and cranky for a day or two, but will soon like his new schedule. He'll begin sleeping longer at night, or longer during his nap.

    Answer by bowdentribe at 3:58 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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