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#1 IRISH1980

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:08 AM

Hi, I have been reading that ideal nap time is after lunch say 1-3pm.  My DD is 18months and has been on one day nap for quiet a while.  She is an early riser (6am) and I find she is ready for a sleep most days by 10am.  She will usually go down for a couple of hours, have lunch when she wakes and then is up until bed time 6.30-7pm.  She is tired by bed time (not over tired) and goes down herself with no issues for the night so this is really working for us.  The funny thing is at day care 2 days per week she has her sleep after lunch say midday but I guess that is to tie in with their structure.  I always ask them how they keep her up!!  

I guess I am just curious if others are napping this early in the day once they moved to one day sleep?


#2 Cranky Kitten

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:24 AM

We're still transitioning to one day nap at the moment, but I'm finding DS is well and truly ready for a snooze by around 10-10.30am. He'll usually sleep till around 1pm. So far I'm finding it works for us if he has morning tea, then his sleep and has lunch on waking. He is however, extremely tired by dinner/bed time and if he doesn't settle straight away tips very easily into over-tired and becomes very hard to get down.

Will have to see how he goes settling into the one sleep, I think we might try having lunch early at around 11.30 then sleep after.

#3 tintoela

Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:09 PM

HI,  My bub is same as yours.  She is 20 months now and has been on one day sleep since about 12 months old.  Most days she is up early - 5am-5.30 and will be tired by around 10 or 11 and sleep for two hours.  At daycare though she is up until 12pm for them.  I guess they are just busier there and they have to keep to the routine.

#4 baxlaika

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:17 PM

DD would always have her nap at midday after lunch at 11, but do whatever works for you. Is is possible that the tired signs at 10 are actually hungry signs (e.g. low blood sugar and tired signs are similar??)

#5 Covert

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:21 PM

DS has been going down at 11am since he was 12 months old. He has  snack before his nap and lunch at about 1.30 - 2pm when he wakes up.

#6 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:27 PM

My DD usually has a nap from 1-3 but she doesn't wake up in the morning till about 730/8. If my DD was getting up at 6 then I would probably put her down a lot earlier in the day

#7 namie

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

I found both boys lengthened their mornings over time.

When they transitioned from two sleeps to one they had their sleep around 10.30/11am so I'd give them a more substantial morning tea and then a substantial afternoon tea around 1.30/2pm, instead of an actual lunch.
But, over time their sleep pushed out later and later and now DS2 (20 months) has lunch first at midday and then goes down for his sleep around 12.30/1pm. I wish DS1 still slept!

#8 NunSoFeral

Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:26 PM

Two year old DD1 wakes at 6.30am, has a little nap at 9.30am, up again at 10.30am and then back down at 1.30. She usually gets up at around 4.30
She goes down for night sleep at 7.30 and sleeps through the night

This has pretty much been the routing for all four - with morning nap dropped at around 2.5/3

DS3 at 4 yrs still has an arvo nap from 1.30 to 3.30.  For which I'm eternally grateful

I'm no nap nazi though - just seeing the tired signs (as opposed to hungry signs).

There are all freaky little dudes though...

#9 AnotherFeral

Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:31 PM

My eldest was the same when she first went to one day sleep. Gradually she was able to stay up longer in the morning until she was having her sleep after (an early) lunch.

#10 lady lady

Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:26 AM

DD transitioned to one day sleep at about 14/15 months.  She has always taken her her sleep around 10:30/ 11am'sh.  

She is now 2yo and still has her sleep at this time (sleeps approx 1 - 2 hours).  She is an early riser and always has been (5am) she goes to bed about 6:30/ 7pm.

For some reason she can happily go 7 hours awake from 11:30am - 6:30pm no problems/ tantrums at all in the afternoon, but in the morning can only go 5'sh hours before having a meltdown .....

#11 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE (IRISH1980 @ 14/11/2012, 12:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, I have been reading that ideal nap time is after lunch say 1-3pm.  My DD is 18months and has been on one day nap for quiet a while.  She is an early riser (6am) and I find she is ready for a sleep most days by 10am.  She will usually go down for a couple of hours, have lunch when she wakes and then is up until bed time 6.30-7pm.  She is tired by bed time (not over tired) and goes down herself with no issues for the night so this is really working for us.  The funny thing is at day care 2 days per week she has her sleep after lunch say midday but I guess that is to tie in with their structure.  I always ask them how they keep her up!!  

I guess I am just curious if others are napping this early in the day once they moved to one day sleep?


My 13 mo is the same. Sometimes I give him a bug morning tea and keep him going until 1030-11, otherwise he needs another nap at 430 and won't go to bed.  Other days he has a quick nap in the car or pram at 830-900 and a longer nap at 1230.  

At daycare he can last until 1230 for his nap,, but there more excitement.

ETA I give him a big morning tea, not bugs.

Edited by meggs1, 15 November 2012 - 12:04 PM.

#12 FeralZupee

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:01 PM

When she was on 2 naps a day, my DD would be lucky if she could last 1-2 hours after waking up in the morning before needing her first nap (which eventually became very short, but she'd still need this little nap). Then she started daycare at about 14 months and she wouldn't go down for a morning nap so they moved her onto their schedule which is lunch at 11.30am, then milk at 12.30pm and then nap. After a few weeks of this, at about 15 months, she was suddenly able to stay happily awake longer at home in the mornings, so I moved to (roughly) the same schedule with putting DD down for her nap after lunch when she's showing tired signs.
DD is on an approx 8pm->8am sleep schedule though.

#13 bikingbubs

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

My DS(almost 20 mths) is up at 6/6:30, nap at 11/11:30 for 11/2 hrs, bed at 7 original.gif has done this for about 5 months now...no way could he last until 1.

#14 sarkazm76

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:06 PM

My DS (21 months) goes to Daycare 3 days a week - they have lunch at 11am and all go down for naptime at 11.30.  DS will sleep anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.  Usually at Gradma's or at home he will not want to nap but will go down by 1pm at latest.

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