2 to 1 Nap Transition

Updated: Jul 7


how to 2-1 nap transition
How to 2-1 nap transition

So in my Facebook Group Free Infant and Toddler Sleep Support, there are a few topics that come up time and time again, along with short naps, early rising, and sleep regressions, nap transitions are a hot topic, especially the 2 to 1 nap transition.


In this post we will cover:

Signs that its time to transition to 1 nap a day

The most common age to transition from 2 naps to 1 nap

How to transition from 2 naps to 1 nap

What to expect when you transition from 2 naps to 1 nap


Signs That It Is Time To Transition To 1 Nap a Day


Your Child is starting to wake up earlier and earlier

Your Child's second nap is becoming shorter

Your Child's second nap is become later, pushing bedtime back later

The amount of overnight sleep has dropped to less than 10 hours a night

Crying at naptime/bedtime after once going down easily


The Most Common Age To Transition From 2 Naps to 1 Nap


The age range on this transition is quite big, it is anywhere from 12 months to 18 months where a child may be ready to switch to just 1 nap a day. Most children who are in a daycare setting will be forced to drop to 1 nap on the earlier side ( 12 months ) and if your child is at home with you or a nanny, they will most likely naturally transition between 14-15 months which is the most common age. Children who have sucking associations like soothers or suck their thumbs may hold onto the two naps until closer to 18 months of age.


How to transition from 2 naps to 1 nap


This is the way that I do it, however, based on your current napping pattern, it might be slightly different for you.


Step 1. If you are having two naps a day, shorten your first nap to 30 minutes. Allowing a longer nap in the afternoon of over an hour.


To give you an example: prepare for 2 naps by having a short AM nap


6 am - up or the day