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Changing from Two Naps to One

Changing from Two Naps to One

Signs your child still needs two naps a day

Your child needs two daily naps if . . .

  • he is under one year of age. (Note: A small percentage of younger babies are ready to drop to one nap. If all other signs point to one nap, you can make the switch early.)
  • he sometimes talks, plays, resists, or fusses when you put him down for a nap, but he always ends up falling asleep and sleeping for an hour or more.
  • he almost always falls asleep in the car.
  • missing a nap makes him cranky and fussy.
  • he gets whiny, fussy, easily frustrated, or has tantrums three to four hours after waking up.
  • he often misses naps because you’re on-the-go, but when you are home he takes two good naps.