6 month old awake time

Allison - posted on 07/11/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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How long does/did your 6 month old stay awake for in between naps. My daughter will be 6 months old this week and she can barely make it to 2 hours without getting fussy and needing a nap sometimes only an hour and half. Her naps are not very long and so we have 4 catnaps a day! I thought at this age they drop to 3 or 2 naps a day- how do I go about this? Do I try to stretch her awake time? Thanks!

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Kate - posted on 11/07/2011

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My son is 6 months next week and he has only been able to stay awake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours for quite a while now. In the last week he's been showing tired signs at 2 hours, but when I put him in his cot he flips onto his tummy to do his crawling practice! I've been able to stretch him out another half an hour so that he wears himself out a bit more. I'd really just read her signs. If you put her in her cot and she's still smiling and wanting to play, try again in another 10 minutes or so. 1 1/2 to 2 hours awake time is pretty limiting on what you can do and where you can go in that time, so I understand you want to stretch her out a bit!

Joanna - posted on 07/11/2011

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I think anywhere from being awake 1-3 hours is normal. I know many babies will only stay awake an hour or so before wanting a morning nap, my daughter is one of them. Even now at 8 1/2 months old, she will only be awake 2-3 hours before wanting a nap. She's still at 3 naps a day now. At 6 months she took 4 naps a day. I'd say just keep doing what you're doing and eventually she'll straighten herself out. They know when they need sleep. Keeping a baby awake longer usually ends badly - they get so overtired they won't fall asleep easily.

Neva - posted on 07/11/2011

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This is pretty normal actually. Each child is an individual. A lot of 6 month olds still have 4 naps/day. Sleep is very important, it is when growth hormone is released, so children will sleep, and eat more, during a growth spurt. I would not be in a rush to cut down on sleep time unless she is not sleeping through the night. Then I'd try to keep her up a little longer during the day.

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