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  • Emma H

    June 18, 2024 at 11:56 am

    Hi Natalee,

    It’s great to hear that your little one is doing so well with his naps!

    His resistance to the third nap, bedtime false starts, and occasional 5 am wake-ups could all be signs that he’s ready to drop that late afternoon nap. However, it might also indicate the need to extend his wake window again. Start by lengthening his wake windows to 2 1/2 hours. If he continues to resist the third nap and bedtime after this adjustment, it’s more likely that he has outgrown his need for the third nap and is ready to transition to two naps a day. Babies typically make this transition between 6-9 months, so it’s definitely not too early.

    If this is the case, here are a few suggestions to help you navigate this period:

    1. Adjust Wake Windows: When he drops his third nap, you will need to lengthen his wake windows again. Typically, the first wake period in the morning is the shortest. For instance, after waking up in the morning, he might stay awake for about 2 hours, then after the first nap, he might stay awake for 3 hours, and after the second nap, he could be awake for 4 hours before bedtime. So, if he wakes at 7 am, he might have his first nap at 9 am until 10:30/11 am, then his second nap might be at 1:30 pm until 3/3:30 pm, with bedtime around 6:30 pm.

    2. Bedtime Adjustment: If dropping the third nap makes it difficult for him to reach his usual bedtime, consider moving his bedtime slightly earlier, to around 6:00 pm. Once he becomes comfortable with these longer wake windows, you can start to shift his bedtime to a later time if you prefer.

    Remember, every baby is different, and it’s all about finding what works best for your little one. Feel free to adjust these suggestions based on his cues and responses.

    I hope these tips help!