Consolidating 3 naps to 2

Half a year may be a bigger window than is helpful so let’s break it down.

If your baby is taking long chunky naps (1.5 hours at each nap) then they may be getting sufficient daytime sleep to be done with the 3rd nap as early as 6 months.

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But there is often a number of weeks where baby a 3rd nap.

You can force the issue by taking a leisurely walk in the stroller or choose to skip it.

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Unfortunately a baby who can’t fall asleep on their own will exhibit the same signs as the above mentioned “signs baby is ready to drop a nap.” Ultimately the answer is to figure out a way to get your baby to fall asleep on their own at naptime because you’ve got 3-5 more years of naps to go, so sadly, this isn’t a problem that’s just going to go away.

However for most people, their babies still need the 3rd nap until closer to 9 or even 12 months.

So the general rule is: Long nappers drop the 3rd nap earlier. As your baby gets older the 3rd nap may be a short 10 minutes or even a simple drowse while nursing.Feel free to skip it if nap #2 is late or long enough that baby can comfortably make it to bedtime.However generally for babies under 9 months, skipping nap #3 leads to “baby awake too long” or “bedtime too early” problems.Chances are that as your child gets closer to 9-12 months in age, the 3rd nap will not be happening in the crib but will be more of an “on the go” occurrence: napping while being carried, in the car, or in the stroller.Which begs the question, “Am I supposed to be driving my child around every afternoon forever? You get a brief reprieve until they start kindergarten, at which point you’ll be driving the afternoon shuttle bus (to baseball, swim lessons, dance class, etc.) as a matter of course until they move out.Remember the cardinal rule of kids: you can’t make them eat, sleep, or poop.

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