So I’d like to say thanks to all of you who responded with helpful feedback on my nap crisis post. I am so glad I posted it because it was the collective message of “my kid dropped their nap at 12 months” that helped me adjust to the idea that it may be time.
In my gut that’s what I thought it was but was having a hard time because I just thought 1 year was way too early. I was anticipating it being at like 14 or 15 months, which is what all of my close friends had said was their experience. I wasn’t dreading it at all though, because I was looking forward to having a bit more freedom to go out in the mornings and not have small windows of time all over the place to try to get things done. Plus I had heard that the one afternoon nap tends to stretch a bit longer, so one mega nap seemed just as good if not better than two 90 minute naps.
So our collective theory has proven right, and I have my Ella back. Now, she wakes up at 7:00 and does nursing and solids, then has lunch at 11:00 or 11:30 and her nap is after that at 12:30. She can make it to lunch without a melt down though sometimes she does fall asleep either in the stroller or in the car which is totally fine. Then I just delay the afternoon nap an hour or so . . . I know it is just going to be that way for the next few weeks until she gets used to making it through lunch. But if we are home and I don’t go anywhere with her she has no problem staying awake until I put her down at 12:30 and she goes down like she used to, sometimes sleeping until 2:30 or 3:00. Beautiful.
It actually works out perfect because I have started to wean her this past week too, so now I do not nurse her at lunch. If I did, she would fall asleep on me and I wouldn’t be able to stop her! This way, she goes to sleep in her own bed and can stay asleep, and I get to have my own time. Everybody wins 🙂
Thanks again to all you moms and dads who took a few minutes to respond!