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The 3 to 2 nap transition

Wondering when your baby might be ready to transition from 3 to 2 naps?

Around 7 months babies are able to stay awake for longer than before and might be starting to show they are ready for a change in routine. Just as you think you’ve got a good thing going with your baby; 3 good naps, solids, snacks, bed time, things need to change again!

It's as if the quote: "The only constant is change" was written by babies..

But first. Stop and observe.

Tip #1: Before dropping to 2 naps, look out for signs that show you they are ready for this transition.

  • They are around 6-8 months old
  • Suddenly protesting bedtime
  • Early morning wakings (especially when still doing 3 naps)
  • Protesting naps (especially third nap)
  • Shorter naps
  • Baby is able to stay awake longer than before

Tip #2: It’s important not to do this too soon…

If your little one still needs 3 naps especially around 6,7 months, and you are guiding them to two, he/she might get stuck in an overtired cycle when they only have two short naps a day, which in turn leads to early morning wake-ups.

When your little one is still tired at the first nap (9AM/9:30AM) they might still need 3 naps a day.

TIP: The morning nap can be trimmed to be more accommodating towards the afternoon nap, meaning if its an hour it can also be 30 min. 

Tip #3: If your baby is already 8 months old, no need to look for signs it’s definitely age appropriate!

Tip #4: They may be quite grumpy and fussy for a few days and even weeks, but this is completely normal behaviour and all a part of the transition!

If you are still struggling with sleep or just have a question about the nap transitions, feel free to book a 30 min support call or have a look at our routines bundle! x

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