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Re: naps

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Posted by Rowena on September 06, 2003 at 19:10:27:

In Reply to: naps posted by chelsea on September 06, 2003 at 15:27:01:

Hi Chelsea

I would say most children would cut back to one nap somewhere between 12 - 18 months old. The timing for this one nap is often best shortly following lunch. As Kendra suggested, whether a child has one or two naps very much depends not only on their age but also on how much sleep a child has overnight. On average at 11 months you would be looking at an average of 13.5 hours sleep in a 24 hour period. So for example, if your little one sleeps approx 12 hours overnight you may only expect her to have one nap during the day. However, if she has 11 hours or less sleep overnight you could reasonably expect her to need 2 naps.

As a child begins to cut back on the number of naps, each day can be different and naps can flutuate between one or two for a number of weeks. It can be a frustrating time for parents, when you know your child is tired but they refuse to fall alseep. It is usually only temporary until the new routine becomes established.


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