Man­ag­ing your tod­dler’s sleep tran­si­tions

Man­age the shift in her nap­ping pat­terns and keep your day run­ning smoothly

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For­get cats – the cham­pion nap­pers of the world are tiny ba­bies. New­borns are asleep more than they’re awake, snooz­ing their way through up to eight naps a day. “But as they grow, ba­bies start to drop their naps be­cause they need less day­time sleep,” says sleep ex­pert Lucy Wolfe. “Their body clocks come into play, coax­ing them to sleep at night and to be awake more dur­ing the day. Plus, the older they get and the more alert they are, the more they’re de­vel­op­ing – they need to use the day­time to prac­tise all their new skills! By the time ba­bies are around 15–18 months old, they will have dropped down to just one nap a day.” So how do you know when your baby is ready to drop a nap? “From birth up un­til about eight months old, you’ll find that this hap­pens in a nat­u­ral way,” says Lucy. “Your baby will just grad­u­ally sleep less and be able to han­dle be­ing awake a bit longer, un­til, by six to eight months old, she’s prob­a­bly in a pat­tern of three naps a day: morn­ing, mid­dle of the day, and af­ter­noon.” So, in these early months, go with the flow and let her sleep when she’s tired, and trust that she knows how much kip her grow­ing body needs.

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