How to drop A NAP
Manage the shift in her napping patterns and keep your day running smoothly.
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. “As they grow, babies start to drop their naps, because they need less daytime sleep,” says sleep expert, mom of four, and author of The Baby Sleep Solution, 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 and more alert they become, the more they need to use daytime to practise all their new skills. By the time babies are between 15 and 18 months old, they will be having just one nap a day.”
How do you know when your baby is ready to drop a nap? “From birth to about eight months of age, you’ll find this happens naturally,” says Lucy. “Your baby will gradually sleep less and be able to handle being awake a bit longer, until, by six to eight months of age, she’ll probably be in a pattern of three naps a day: morning, midday, and afternoon.” So, in these early months, go with the flow and let her sleep when she’s tired, trusting that she knows how much rest her growing body needs. »