Sleep Makeovers for Toddlers

The Nap Sacker

As your toddler transitions from two daily naps to one, he tries ditching siestas altogether.

What's going on: The average 12-month-old gets 13 to 14 hours of sleep a day, including two naps, says Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution. But over the next year, your child's sleep needs gradually dwindle. On some days, two naps may feel like too many, but one may not be enough.

What to do: Try skipping the morning nap, and then aiming for an earlier bedtime to compensate for lost sleep. Insist on one daily rest after lunch -- your toddler will probably take an extra-long snooze. If he resists, only to end up cranky by 4 p.m., apply your nighttime sleep routine to this nap. If he's prone to climbing out of his crib, make sure the mattress is at its lowest height, and consider installing a crib tent.

Originally published in the August 2003 issue of Parents magazine.

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