Q&A: When should my toddler only take one nap?
When should my toddler only take one nap? I'm worried that he's getting too much sleep during the day and is falling alseep later at night.
The amount that a toddler naps during the day can certainly vary from toddler to toddler—both in how long their naps are and how many they take. While I do see some babies who change to a single, longer nap during the day rather than one in the morning and one in the afternoon as young as 9 to 12 months, the one-nap-a-day pattern is much more typical of 1-year-olds. Helping toddlers make the switch to just one nap a day is sometimes as easy as keeping them up and active a bit longer so that they fall asleep right after an early lunch, rather than in the late morning. Then make sure their nap environment is conducive for a good, sound sleep. This common shift in sleep pattern should ideally be accompanied by an increase in the length of the single daytime nap—often to two to three hours at a stretch—since children between the ages of 1 and 3 still need between 10 and 13 hours a day of combined nighttime and naptime sleep.