Changing Nap Times

Amanda - posted on 05/21/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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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.

Thanks!

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Elfrieda - posted on 05/21/2012

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I think that the only time you should mess around with nap schedules is if there is a problem (like if he doesn't sleep well at night). I didn't have a nap schedule when my son was 6 months old, it was all just chaos and unhappiness, but at 9 months we finally got it sorted and he'd have a nap in the morning and a nap in the afternoon, and then go to bed at 7:30.

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With my three daughters I didn't stick rigidly to nap times. As they grew up, I would let them find their own nap pattern. For the second and especially third daughters, they had to learn to get into the household routine of school runs etc..

I would look at slowly adjusting his nap times, reading something in a book is very different from the practicalities of actually doing something. With time, his sleeping habits will change. What works for one child, won't always work for another one.

At the end of the day you know your child the best and take it from there. As he gets older, slowly change his sleeping habits and he'll need less naps during the day and will be awake for longer in between. Before you realise it, you'll be missing him having some of the naps.

Amanda - posted on 05/21/2012

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Just seems like a long time to keep a baby up from 2:30 PM to 7 PM...? How do you get him to take a late nap if he's fighting it. I think he thinks I'm trying to put him to bed for the night...

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