Most babies drop their third nap sometime between 6-9 months of age.
Babies that take great naps will make the transition on the earlier side as their first two lengthy naps will push nap three too late in the day. Conversely cat nappers will require the third nap longer to keep them in a rested state all the way till bedtime.
How will you know your baby is ready to make the transition? One of the following will occur:
You baby will start to boycott this nap, choosing to play or babble rather than sleep.
Nap three will start too late in the day, making bedtime a challenge. (Nap three should begin no later than 4pm.)
To successfully navigate this transition, you will need to shift bedtime earlier! Remember, when we go to sleep overtired our body begins to produce sleep-fighting hormones that will cause overnight and early morning wakings. So, if your child was once taking their cat nap from 3:00-3:30pm and going to bed at 7:00pm, once they drop their third nap, a 7:00pm bedtime will no longer work.
Well Rested Baby is a team of Family Sleep Institute certified sleep consultants that helps families like yours identify, address, and correct their children’s sleep issues. WRB works with moms and dad’s to create customized sleep plans that reflect a family’s comfort level and philosophies. When paired with WRB’s 360-approach, the entire family is set up for sleep success. WRB offers a variety of support packages. Contact WRB today to schedule a consultation or learn more about how we can help you and yours get the sleep you need and deserve.