How can I encourage morning naps?

Q: My 11-month-old baby is resisting his morning nap. What should I do?

A: Eleven months is on the young side to be dropping a nap, but it's not unheard of. In fact, 90 percent of all 12-month-olds take two naps a day, but by 15 months, 20 percent drop that morning nap. How can you tell whether your baby is really ready to give up his morning siesta? Keep an eye on him around 4 to 5 p.m. If your baby is good-natured and happy, he's probably well rested. If he's rough around the edges, he probably still needs that second nap. --Meagan Francis

Originally published in American Baby magazine, September 2007. Updated 2009