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motheringfunday 

Hello brains! My son is just over 12mo and has 2 naps a day, with the longer nap being in the early afternoon. He sleeps though the night (asleep around 7pm) but is an early riser and on most days he's up at 5:30. For the last few days he's been waking even earlier :( and hasn't had a long sleep in the afternoon, taking 45 minutes instead of 1.5-2 hours. He wakes up crying and won't go back to sleeo again very easily. Is this a sign that he's ready to go down to just one nap a day? He's totally exhausted by his first nap so I'm not sure that stretching him out would help as he's already becoming overtired in the afternoon. Any advice? Thank you x

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TheParentandBabyCoach 
Hi there! It sounds like the early morning waking is likely due to cutting his middle of the day nap- an overtired baby will often wake at 5am, until his lunch nap becomes longer, could you try putting him to bed half an hour earlier? Do this for a week and see how he goes. This is often the magic answer with most of my clients. Otherwise, try cutting morning nap to 30 minutes and seeing if lunch nap lengthens again. I run a local Sleep Consulting business if you need to get in touch. All the best of luck! He will get there!
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TheParentandBabyCoach 
Hi there! It sounds like the early morning waking is likely due to cutting his middle of the day nap- an overtired baby will often wake at 5am, until his lunch nap becomes longer, could you try putting him to bed half an hour earlier? Do this for a week and see how he goes. This is often the magic answer with most of my clients. Otherwise, try cutting morning nap to 30 minutes and seeing if lunch nap lengthens again. I run a local Sleep Consulting business if you need to get in touch. All the best of luck! He will get there!

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