Does anyone else's baby still take 3 naps a day?

Stefanie - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 79 moms have responded )

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My son born May 18th, is still taking 3 naps a day! His daycare provider said she wants him to just take one long nap. We tried that for 2 weeks but he still needs all 3 naps, morning, afternoon, and evening. Is this normal?

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Carol - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hello, my little daughter was born on the 13th of May and her pattern is:

wakes at 7am. Has a bottle then goes straight back down to 8:30/9am
has breakfast. Then goes back down 10:30 to 11:30
maybe has a wee sleep around 1pm to 3pm then that is her during the day. May sometimes stays away then goes down after 3pm until the back of 4pm.
in bed and sleeping by 7pm...

I would be stuck if she went to daycare then. Keep us updated as to how you break the routine.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Amber - posted on 02/27/2012

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Well my daughter is 19 months and still takes 3 naps a day and still sleeps throw the night. We will be going to the doctors soon and we will ask him if its normal but everyone we have to talk to about it sai its not normal but i we let you know soon as i know do you have anymore questions that i could ask the docotr for you. We are goin to the doctors with my daughter tomorrow let me know thank you

Nicole - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son was born May 1 and he takes 2-3 naps a day. I'm lucky if his naps are even an hour long each. Usually he'll take about 30 minute naps. One in the morning, one in the afternoon and sometimes early evenings.

Kelly - posted on 02/05/2010

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mine does. exactly that morning noon and evening. sleeps all night to so its fine with me

Kisun - posted on 02/02/2010

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my daughter was born on 17th may, she has 2 naps, at 9am and 1pm for 40-50mins.
i think, your daycare provider is not right to tell you, how long your baby should sleep, as long as he is heathy and happy.(i can see that he has a beautiful bubbly smile on your profile picture;))) he is not a robot that has a on and off switch and turn him off for what ever hours she/he wants him to sleep.

Andrea - posted on 02/01/2010

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my son was born may 28th and he takes maybe at the most four naps but theyre all short except his afternoon nap which is like 2 hours...and the daycare provider can wan him to take one long nap but it probably wont happen...they sleep when theyre tired and we have no control over that

Shana - posted on 02/01/2010

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I have a 9yr old and a 8 month old. They are like night and day. My oldest took 2-3 naps a day till she was about 2 then it was 2 naps and by 3 it was 1 nap she still takes one after she gets out of school but my youngest takes 1 nap for about 11/2 and 2 for about 20-30 mins if that we call them power naps. but every kid is diff.

Ashley - posted on 02/01/2010

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It is completely unreasonable to expect an eight month old to have one big nap... My little one has at least 2 naps a day ~1-2 hours long and most days still has that quick (30-45 min) last nap. They really should know better.

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Yes it's completely normal, sometimes my baby takes three naps, sometimes 2 depending on when she goes down for her naps. And even then babies still need 2 naps until around 13-18 months. You should read Good Night, Sleep Tight by the Sleep Lady Kim West, it is amazing and really lays out how much sleep shildren need at what ages.

Jocelyn - posted on 01/31/2010

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my daughter is 8 months, she was born on 31st May. She has been having 3 naps a day, lately not wanting the late afternoon one.... But we just go with the flow, depending on what works in with school drop offs & pick ups. She needs these to last through the day. I think one big nap at this age would'nt work at all for my little one. My 5 yr old daughter went to daycare at around this age, and we just adjusted sleep times slightly to suit both parties. They should understand what a baby would need at that age still.

Tamara - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son was born on May 21 & he still takes at least 3 naps a day as well. He has always been an "on demand" baby which works for us. I think that some babies are more adjustable to a strictly scheduled routine but mine is definitely not & we have accepted that. However, he is a flexible baby & is very happy.

Lindsay - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son was born on May 20th and he too takes 2-3 naps a day. He also sleeps 12-15 hrs. straight through the night. Its nice considering my husband works 2nd shift and I work 1st so we still get enough sleep as well. His naps are usually short except for the afternoon he sleeps for 2 hours. And I work in daycare and am the lead teacher in our 1 yr. old room and those kids get 2 naps as well. So if your son wants to sleep, let him.

Maranda - posted on 01/29/2010

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Nothing wrong with that. Our son was born May 21st 2009 and he takes more than 3 a day. Dr says it's normal. Your daycare provider is pushing it. Your son is ONLY 8mos old not 2-3 when 1 nap is usally all they take!

Jacinthe - posted on 01/29/2010

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He naps what he needs... I find that strange that the daycare has requested such a thing. It is though to get a child so young on a schedule... My daughter does 2 2hr naps a day.

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2010

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My son was born on the 10th and he takes 2-3 naps a day. The duration varies from 30 min to 2 hrs depending on each day. We try to avoid late afternoon naps past 5pm because his bed time is usually 6:30 or 7.

Christina - posted on 01/29/2010

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My daughter does the same thing. My daycare provider understands this and realizes she is a much happier baby if she gets her naps in

Ana - posted on 01/29/2010

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My Lucas was born May 13th and he takes 3 naps a day they are anywhere between 45mins to 2hrs long. Generally more to the 45mins. He takes one mid morning, another one mid afternoon and another one at around 5-6pm. He also sleeps all night from 9pm to 8am (still wakes up sometimes). I just think your Care provider only wants her life made easier for her...

Diana - posted on 01/29/2010

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That is totally normal. My daughter (now 5 years old) took three naps a day until she was three years old. She still naps a couple of times a week, for at least 2 hours at a time. Some kids just need more sleep.

Marian - posted on 01/29/2010

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My baby was born on May 6 and often still takes 3 naps a day. He for sure needs at least two. I'm following "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby" and the author says that ~15% of babies take 3 naps up to about 9 months. Then at 9 months, ~75% of babies are still taking two naps a day. (I'm approximating the numbers from my memory.) I go by what my baby seems to need - which is lots of sleep!

Kyra - posted on 01/28/2010

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my son is 8 1/2 months old and he still has 4-5 naps a day, i've been told by everyone that is perfectly normal as he is still a growing boy and still sleeps through then night, he is also walking and almost talking now is that normal?

Tammy - posted on 01/28/2010

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who cares what the health care provider wants its what you baby needs and he knows what he wants if its 3 naps then so be it ...

Mel - posted on 01/28/2010

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He'll naturally change his routine starting by dropping the pm nap first, shortening the morning one next but only when he's ready. My daughter was born 27th may she has just dropped her afternoon nap. She has 40 mins in the morning and them a longer sleep later in the day approx 1.5 to 2 hours. She is naturally staying up longer and times adjusting as we progress with solids. I know people aren't overly keen on gina ford but the contented baby book does give good outline of routines for age; I don't follow the routine as a regiment but it gives us a guideline and helps me understand lucys changes. Hope it helps.

Lena - posted on 01/28/2010

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Sounds completely normal to me. My daughter takes a nap after every 2-2.5 hours of being awake. You may be able to push it to 2 naps per day, but don't expect 1 long nap until he is over a year (possibly longer). Here is an article on baby sleep basics for this age group: http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-b...

Charlynn - posted on 01/28/2010

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My baby was born the same day and she takes 3 naps as well. I'm not worried about it cause she is a lot happier when she gets her sleep. My sister-in-law (has 4 kids) says that they know how much sleep they need.

Zöe - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter was also born on the 18th May and she needs 2 naps if not 3 a day. I think it`s unrealistic to expect such a small child to be awake for fairly long periods. All my friends with babies of the same age say they sleep 2 to 3 times a day also. Babies find their own pattern and there`s no right or wrong... as long as he`s happy that`s the most important thing x

Milena - posted on 01/28/2010

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my daughter was born may 20th. she takes two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, thats the norm, sometimes a little 20-30min nap in the eve, but one nap a day is way too little!

Larisa - posted on 01/28/2010

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Babies need their sleep! My son was born May 14th and takes 3 naps, although he is letting go of the last one and going to bed earlier. Do not listen to the daycare provider, and be strict with them about letting him take his naps. It's insane to expect a little baby to take only one nap a day.

Stacey - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son, Cash, is still taking 3 naps a day...most days. They range in time from 45 min to 1.5hrs.

Natalie - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think babies should make their own nap schedule. My daughter is 1 day older than your son and she takes 3 naps everyday around 30 minutes each.

Cesiah - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son was born May 11 and he takes 2 naps a day one during the morning around 11 and sleeps for about 2 hrs and the other one around 5 and sleeps for another 2 hrs. (It all changes depending on what we are doing, but without fail he takes 2 naps) and he still sleeps good thru the night, so if your son is still taking 2-3 naps a day i dont see anything wrong, they are little and need all their sleep!

Vanessa - posted on 01/27/2010

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Well the way I did it, I had my son on Enfamil A+ until he was 8months old, which then I started him on 3% until he was 12months then from there on I put him on 2%. Which is what i'm also doing with my daughter now, and shes 8months old. It wouldn't hurt to try her on 3%. It's more inexpensive !

Kayaira - posted on 01/27/2010

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I was wondering would it be okay to start my daughter on regular milk at 8 months and if so do i start with whole, 2% or does it matter?

Vanessa - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter was born May 25th. She takes 2-3naps also, like everyone else. This is normal. We also have her on a schedule which works great ! and her 3% milk I just started which she takes it fine. It's more affordable.

Kayaira - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter was born on the same day and she takes three naps a day also. We have her, well she has me, on a good scheduele so it works for us and i am able to get things done around the house. If he is tired let him sleep.

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My daughter was also born on the 18th of may and she has 3 naps as well. there is nothing wrong with. These professionals only go by the book and not what suits the child. ignore and continue to do what is working for your family. that is what is most important.

Lynsey - posted on 01/27/2010

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my boy was also born on the 18th of may and he has at least 3 naps a day too in between meals and before his bath and last bottle and sleeps from 11ish at night til 9ish in the morning, he is settled and happy with that so its fine with me that he has that much sleep

Kirsty - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son 8 months old still has 3 naps!! Vary from 45mins to an 1hour sometimes 1hour and a half! I wish i could do two naps longer!!

Joanne - posted on 01/26/2010

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I am staggered that your daycare provider has said this , one long nap may be convenient for her but your son obviously needs more ! My daughter was born 30/05/09 and has 3 naps a day - I wouldn't dream of 'forcing' her to only have one !

Kari - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son was born May 5th and was taking 3 naps a day, with his last one usually being only 45 minutes at the most. About 3 weeks ago, he started crying through his last nap time, so I stopped putting him down for the third nap, thinking he wanted to stop the 3rd nap. However since then, he's started waking up between 4am to 5am, whereas before he would sleep from 7 to 6 straight through the night. I think I'm going to try to put him back down for the 3rd nap again and see what happens.

Fipe - posted on 01/26/2010

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My little daughter takes at least 3 to 4 naps a day. She is my 4th child and there is no normal thing. It is what is best for the baby. I know the providers concern it is easier when they all nap together. My son, who just turned 2, naps at a different time then my daughter. I think they like to play tag your it when it comes to naps.

Pam - posted on 01/26/2010

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my baby girl was born May 17th and still takes 3 naps a day too. I think they need as much sleep as they can get. She never was a long napper, just 3 -45mins naps. I think it's strange that your day care provider tells you what she wants your baby to do. it isn't like we can tell them to "keep sleeping", or "you can't sleep now". I think they will soon enough not need naps and we will be hoping they did:)

Erin - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son takes 3, sometimes 4 naps a day. Only 2 of those are long, but he seems to need the other 2 catnaps to keep him in a good mood. And my nephew doesn't take naps at all, but he sleeps 14 hours at night. Every baby has a different sleep cycle, just like adults do. The daycare provider should understand that maybe he's not ready to do just one long nap a day. Some kids can't do just one nap until they're around 4. So it's perfectly normal.

Natalie - posted on 01/26/2010

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I agree with Jiena. My son (born on May 10th, '09) takes 3 naps a day usually. He will only go about 25 - 30 minutes each so it's tough but it's up to your baby and not you. Believe me, I've tried it all to get him down to 2 but he makes the ultimate decision. It's hard enough putting them on a schedule, you shouldn't have his day care provider telling you what she'd prefer. Good luck!!

Rebecca - posted on 01/26/2010

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my son was born may 17 & absolutely has to have 3 naps a day, we do 1.5hrs in the late morning about 10ish then another 1.5 in the afternoon around 2ish & then a shorter nap in the evening. it might only be 15-30mins but if we skip the evening nap he cant sleep good at night because he is too tired. i would love for him to take one long nap too but he just isnt ready yet.

Melanie - posted on 01/26/2010

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Emily was born on 29th may and still takes 3 naps per day, 2 half hr naps and 1 for approx 1 hr, i personally do not feel there is anything wrong with that, if a baby wants to sleep they will sleep.. x

Kim - posted on 01/26/2010

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how nice ! my daughter is 8 mths old and its a miracle if she sleeps during the day at all. he is still young so let him sleep he obvously wants and needs too or else he would be awake.

my advice would be let him have his 3 naps,he will eventually grow out of it and he sleeps will get less and less

Marissa - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son was born may 25th and he still takes 3 naps a day. without them he becomes cranky and mean. he is a very happy baby with his 3 naps

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YES!!! my little girl born on 31st May is still doing 3 naps and I"m loving that - she is a very happy girl and that is all that matters. Don't you pay day care to look after your child - not tell you what you need to do to make their life easier - sorry haven't done daycare so I don't know the rules and expectations but I would go with your bubs routine to keep him happy and he will grow out of those sleeps when he is ready.......

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