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Transitioning From Three to Two Naps

Our little ones change so quickly. You finally have naps down, you're in a great routine and schedule, and then a nap transition throws it all upside down and leaves you questioning everything.

Signs baby is ready to transition from 3 - 2 naps

The 3 - 2 nap transition generally happens around 7-9 months and will often be accompanied by the following signs:

  • Increased middle of the night wakings

  • Early morning wake-ups (before 6 AM)

  • Short naps

  • Taking a long time to fall asleep for first two naps

  • Consistently refusing the 3rd nap

  • Last nap of the day gets pushed too late in the day

How to transition from three to two naps

These signs can also be signs of a sleep regression tied to development, so we want to continue offering that 3rd nap for a minimum of 2 weeks before dropping it. Once baby has consistently refused the 3rd nap of the day for a minimum of 2 weeks, you can transition from 3 to 2 naps. To transition to 2 naps, slowly push naps in 15 min increments every two days until you're on your new 2 nap schedule.

Be sure to follow age-appropriate wake times when adjusting baby's schedule. See this post for help determining wake times

How I can help

My goal is to provide SIMPLE, data-driven, step-by-step sleep programs for the tired parent who's ready to SLEEP AGAIN! Whether you have a brand-new baby, a 3-year-old who's never slept through the night, or you just need some help making a schedule change. I have a program just for you! 


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