The 3-2 Nap Transition- Signs Your Baby Is Ready

Transitioning from 3 Naps to 2 Naps: A Simple Guide for Babies

Is your baby ready to drop the third nap? Here’s how to tell:

Signs Your Baby is Ready:

    • Age: Typically 8-9 months old.
    • Resisting naps or shorter nap durations.
    • Sudden night-wakings, split nights, or early rising.
    • Getting less than 10 hours of sleep at night on a 3 nap schedule.
      Note: For premature babies, use their corrected age for sleep milestones.

    Recognising the Right Wake Windows:

      • Look for wake windows stretching to 3+ hours without overtiredness.
      • Fighting naps doesn’t necessarily indicate readiness.
      • Pay attention to shorter naps or nap resistance during the third nap

      Handling the Tricky Third Nap:

        • The third nap is often a catnap, challenging for some babies to take.
        • If your baby resists the third nap, try alternative napping methods like the car, stroller, or baby carrier.

        Wake Windows for the 3-2 Nap Transition:

          • On a 2 nap schedule, wake windows range from 2.5-4 hours.
          • Transition example schedule:
            • 6:30am- Wakeup
            • 9:15am-10:45am- Nap 1
            • 1:45pm-3:45pm- Nap 2
            • 7:00pm- Bedtime

          Transitioning Techniques:

            • Gradually lengthen wake windows using 15-minute increments.
            • Implement a short nap time routine to signal sleep.
            • Adjust bedtime earlier when dropping the third nap.

            Duration of Transition:

              • Transition time varies; some babies adjust quickly, while others may take 2-3 weeks.
              • It’s normal for babies to switch between 2 and 3 naps during the transition period.

              Night Wakings During the Transition:

                • Night wakings may occur if transitioning to 2 naps prematurely.
                • Reasons for night wakings include:
                  • Going to bed too late.
                  • Too much daytime sleep.
                  • Incorrect wake window size.
                • Be patient during the 3-2 nap transition; every baby is unique.
                • Avoid moving to a 2 nap schedule too early to prevent night waking issues.

                Understanding the signs and strategies for the 3-2 nap transition is crucial for a smoother experience. By recognising your baby’s readiness and implementing gradual changes, you can navigate this challenging phase with confidence. For 1:1 Support please book your free consultation here

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