A series of guides, sleep schedules, and average sleep needs that outline realistic sleep expectations for each age.
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Realistic Sleep Expectations
Welcome to transition territory. During this period, your baby will likely start and complete their transition to one nap. They will not suddenly go from a two nap schedule to a one nap schedule, but will more likely go through a period, of close to a month, where two naps are too much, but one just isn’t quite enough yet. This is normal - hang in there! By 15/16 months, most toddlers will have transitioned pretty well. A smaller percentage will continue needing two naps until closer to 16/17 months.
How do you know when it’s time to transition? It’s usually pretty obvious. Skipped naps, fighting bedtime, early risings. The key is to watch your child’s temperament as you attempt a one nap day to determine if they’re able to handle the larger wakeful windows.Reach out to a coach
Example sleep schedules for a 14-16 month old
Here are example schedules for you to take a look at. Take a minute to notice the timing of bedtime, and how it shifts earlier again when your child has a one nap day. Don’t forget, you can realistically expect to have both two nap days and one nap days sprinkled throughout this period as your child begins the transition.
Your toddler understands many more words than they can say right now. They might have a vocabulary that consists of about three to five words (“mama”, “dada”) and maybe even a couple of other simple words (“baby”, “ball”, or even something abbreviated like “nana” for banana). Around the corner is an explosion in language acquisition, accompanied by a peak in separation anxiety which will affect sleep very differently than you’ve seen before.
Gross Motor Skills
The majority of toddlers are walking by now and you should be entering a relatively quiet period again after the 12 month developmental leap and the two to one nap transition. Enjoy it!
In the second year of life, babies begin to attach to their caregivers through likeness and sameness. When they can’t always be WITH those they love, a whole other attachment takes form. They try to be LIKE us. They mimic the sounds of those they’re attached to. They talk like, make gestures like, and eat the same foods as those they’re attached to.
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