Amanda - posted on 05/21/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hi Everyone. I have a baby who just turned 7 months old. I've read that some time in the 6th month that infants should be staying awake for more like 3 hours and taking 2 hour naps...(this kind of makes me laugh that a book can tell you that your baby should be doing this...like all babies are alike!) Anyway... My baby still gets tired and starts yawning and is ready to go back to sleep about 2 hours after his last nap. Sometimes we can push it to 2 hours and 15 minutes or 2.5 hours, but rarely three without him seeming exhausted and overtired.
What is your take on this? Should we start trying to get him to stay awake three hours at a time even if he's yawning at 2 hours?
Also, he is usually up by 6 AM and goes down for his first nap by 7:45 or 8 AM and the second nap is at 11ish as he usually only naps an hour or so. Makes it hard to get to a third nap when it usually falls around 2 PM and he doesn't go to sleep until 7 PM. He rarely likes taking a late afternoon cat nap, so I'm trying to figure this all out.