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My DS used to nap relatively well. Now that we are starting one nap a day, he doesn't want to nap for much more than an hour - sometimes an hour and a half, if we are lucky. He wakes from his naps miserable and I know he is still tired, however, we can't get him to sleep longer. Other kids I know at this age sleep 2-3 hours in the afternoon.

Because of his short naps, he is ready for bed at 6 p.m. most nights but I don't want him going down this early. I usually put him down at 7 p.m.

Anyone else experience this with their children as they got older? Does it get better?
My son is 1 and we are having the same problem. A few weeks ago, we started 1 nap a day and it's not gone very well. We're lucky if we can get him to sleep for an hour and a half. He used to take 2 naps that were an hour and a half each. He's ready for bed at 6:00 too but I refuse to put him down that early! He goes to bed at 7:00 just exhausted. My nephews sleep 3 hours in the afternoon, so I assumed when you cut from 2 naps to 1 that your child would automatically combine the 2 into one long nap. Kinda stinks 'cause I was expecting to get all kinds of stuff done while he took his "long" afternoon nap. Hopefully someone has some advice for you that will work for my son as well. :)
All three of my kids did that when they switched from two naps to one. Their bodies are used to only sleeping that 1 to 1.5 hours, so they wake up. Give it a week or so and their little bodies will realize that they need to sleep more.
Maybe try going outside before lunch and getting lots of fresh air. That running around and fresh air always wipes my son out. I change his diaper before lunch because he gets so sleepy while eating. Then I scoop him up, read to him and put him down. This is about 1:00 to 1:30 and I often wake him at 4:30. He's 20 months old and switched to one nap around 15 months. But yes, we had to work up to these long naps and it took a couple weeks to stretch them.
is it possible you are waiting too long before putting him down for that one nap? with my first, when i cut her down to one nap a day, she was going down between 10:30-11 and then sleeping a good couple of hours. i tried waiting until after lunch and putting her down around 12-12:30, but then she was too tired and never slept as long. after she'd been on the 10:30-11 schedule for a couple of months, i gradually started moving the time back a little each day, until she got on a 12:30 naptime schedule. with my second, she always wanted to do what the first did, so she was easy to switch over to the 12:30 schedule! :)

anyway, that's just the first thing that popped into my head when i read this post. :)
I have been putting my son down around 11:30 a.m. each day. I have tried both earlier and later. He even was at church in the nursery for an hour this morning and he was so tired when we left church. I gave him some lunch and put him to bed right at 11:30 a.m. Today he only slept an hour! At 4 p.m., he was tired again, but I didn't want him napping this late since his bed time is early.

The odd thing is when my son took 2 naps a day, his afternoons naps used to be 2-3 hours. It is so frustrating that now he is sleeping even less with one nap.

I am beginning to think he is just going to be a kid who doesn't nap long in the afternoons. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will start to sleep longer as he gets older, but right now it seems to be opposite of that.
When i went from 2 to 1 nap I found moving the nap from the afternoon to immediately after lunch helped the whole thing work.

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