First, you should learn about your 1 year old sleep schedule and napping pattern. Earlier naps and earlier wakings both result in sleep problems for your child. Try introducing a nap schedule one to two hours earlier than your child’s current schedule for at least two weeks. Afterward, try a late-night schedule. It will take a few days for your child to adjust to the new schedule.
If your baby is still clinging to the morning nap, you can try to push it 15 minutes earlier. Then wake your baby at the same time as before. It may take some time for your baby to adjust, but if you are consistent with their wake times, they should not have any trouble with this transition. It may even be better to reverse the nap schedule than force them to go back to sleep earlier.
The best time for your baby to wake up is around 3:00 in the morning and one to three hours before bedtime. You should also be able to give your child two naps during the day. After your child reaches one year old, you may want to switch your baby to one nap if they refuse to take two naps. If you are still struggling with your child’s napping habits, you can read our article about helping your baby sleep better.
After your baby turns one, it’s time to create a bedtime routine for your baby. Morning and bedtime routines should be short, but it’s important to be consistent with these to ensure your baby’s body is ready for sleep. Your child will be the most rested in the morning, and the next best time is the afternoon nap. If you’re still unsure how to do it, use our sample 1-year-old sleep schedule as a guide. You can easily modify this schedule to fit your family’s needs and style.
While one-year-olds’ sleep habits can vary from day to day, they are capable of sleeping through the night. If you can put your baby down while awake, your baby will be able to sleep through the night. Eventually, you’ll need to introduce a relaxing bedtime routine for your child. Your baby’s body will become accustomed to a sleeping routine, and they will start associating this with a positive association with sleep.
Once your baby is about eight months old, they will likely sleep till 7 pm. Even though they wake up during the night, he will usually sleep until 7 pm or so. If they don’t nap, they will go to sleep at 6:30. If he doesn’t nap, he’ll usually be up until 7:30 in the morning. Afterward, he will talk to himself and go back to sleep for another 1.5 hours.
When the time for afternoon naps is too late, try moving the time of that nap to one hour earlier. For a couple of weeks, this may mean waking up at a time such as 12:00 or 12:30 pm. Over time, the afternoon nap will gradually lengthen and eventually reach three hours. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to get a longer nap than that! It will also mean that your baby will sleep more at night, and you can enjoy the peace of the evening.
You’ll need to introduce different foods. For example, you can begin weaning your child from a bottle and switch to a sippy cup. A spoon will eventually be available once your baby has mastered sippy cups. So it’s essential to change the routine of feeding your baby. It’s also a good time to transition from breast milk to table foods. You can also start introducing other foods, such as cooked vegetables and fruit, rice cereals, and fun finger foods.
Dropping the morning nap is an important transitional stage in your baby’s life. While it’s liberating, it’s also nerve-wracking. You’ll need to find activities for your toddler to fill in the new time. Remember that naps are not the only time for your child to sleep, and you’ll want to make the growth as smooth as possible. With a little practice, you’ll soon be on your way to establishing healthy sleep habits for your child.