|Mid 4 p.m. meltdown.|
For 15 months (give or take), Linna has been an excellent sleeper. She naps in the morning for an hour and a half or more, and again in the afternoon for an hour and a half or more. She also sleeps 12+ hours at night. Yes, we're very lucky. However, lately when we let Linna take her afternoon nap (usually between 3-5 p.m.), we have a hard time getting her to bed at 7:30 p.m. So this week, I started taking away Linna's afternoon nap, which is currently resulting in a VERY crabby 15-month-old come 4 p.m. She's clearly exhausted and still needs her afternoon nap, but it's too difficult to get her to bed at night. I was hoping that by going to one nap a day that she'd sleep for three hours, but this is not the case. Her one nap a day lasts about one and a half to two hours. I think if she did a three-hour nap, she might not be so tired when 4 o'clock rolls around.
So far, the only conclusion we've come to is that we'll let Linna nap twice a day when we know she'll be up "late" for a dinner, event, or with her grandparents (they keep her up until 9 p.m. or so). Otherwise, I'm totally torn as to what to do about this nap situation. I either have a two-nap-a-day kid who has issues going to bed at a decent hour, or a one-nap-a-day kid who has major melt-downs at 4 p.m. What's a mom to do???