Is it Time to Drop the 3rd Nap?

by Julie

A picture of Will standing up in his crib

At 8 1/2 months of age, Will is pretty old to still be taking three naps a day, but I figured why rush it? Although 3 naps is limiting in terms of leaving the house, those three naps have been glorious. But he’s growing up, and he’s been giving me signs he is ready to switch to two.

1) It takes him 20-30 minutes to fall asleep. He rolls, he climbs, he falls, he sits, he babbles, he cries all before he finally gives in to his tired eyes.

2) He skips naps altogether. If he still hasn’t fallen asleep after 30 minutes, it’s safe to assume it’s not going to happen.

3) He’s eating more. Will is finally enjoying food (like his mommy!) and he is eating 3 meals a day, plus a snack, along with 4 bottles.

4) He’s napping longer. The second nap has gone from 1 hour to an hour and half or longer. Don’t mind that at all!

What signs did your baby show that he or she was ready to drop a nap?

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