The mysterious case of the disappearing naps

Oh, sleep. Just when we think we’ve got you all figured out another sleep issue raises its head. This time in the form of disappearing daytime naps. It seem

It seems Miss Willow has decided to dispense with one of her day time sleeps and is in the throws of a bit of the 12-month sleep regression. Admittedly this is nowhere near as difficult as the 8/9/10 month sleep regression was and all in all the family is handling it quite well.

Why? do you ask. Well, because night time sleep is still going pretty well since the whole sleep training thing. Despite a few blips when teeth came in Willow is sleeping a solid 11 to 12 hours at night. Normally with one waking but we’re dealing with that. She has also been night weaned! Post on that coming soon. So her night wakings are generally just a matter of resettling her.

My research on the 12-month sleep regression brought up two points:

  1. She is trying to transition to one nap a day and she’s not quite ready for it.
  2. She isn’t walking yet, so we must wait it out and see what happens when she starts to walk. Apparently a lot of kids try to transition to one nap when they hit 12 months and aren’t walking yet as they have too much energy. A lot of the time when they start to walk the need for naps returns as they are burning through a lot more energy.

So what am I taking away from this? We’ve decided on a what it out approach. She still seems happy to take her morning nap most days and will still sleep one and a half to two hours.

It’s the afternoon nap where things get dicey. I go through the whole pre-nap routine and put her down in her crib at nap time. If she sleeps (rarely) that’s awesome. If she doesn’t, then at least she gets a rest in the form of enforced quiet time.

So far so good. We have seen an impact on night time sleep as she is ready for bed a lot earlier than usual. So we’ve moved bedtime up by 30 minutes in the interim.

I seem to have two daughters at the moment. The happy, energetic, happy-to-play-alone, adventurous child of the morning and post morning nap; and the clingy, whiny, cries-at-the-drop-of-a-hat, accident prone child of the afternoon. It makes me a little guilty because I’m so relieved to get her into bed at night so I can have a break from all the whining.

I will be very happy when this phase is over let me tell you!


2 thoughts on “The mysterious case of the disappearing naps

  1. akw62307 says:

    The whole nap transition thing is difficult for sure! We’re pretty much down to one nap (13 months) as long as she gets 10-12 hours of sleep at night. If she gets less than 10, she will take her normal nap and also a second, shorter nap either in the morning or late afternoon.

    It sounds like it just takes time for this transition to take place.

    • kierrynh says:

      She seems to have settled down to two naps now. As soon as she started walking then she needed more sleep. But I think her transition to one nap will come soon. She refuses to sleep at school. She skips her morning nap and will only sleep for 45 mins in the afternoon. If I bring her home early I get a two-hour nap. It’s not all bad, though, she sleeps 12 hours at night. So I guess you just need to pick your battles. She’s just a much happier person when she sleeps properly!

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