6 month old naps

Jen - posted on 01/13/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Hi Everyone! I had a question (or inquiry) into what time your baby goes to bed and what time (or number of naps) your 6 month old has during the day.

My son goes to bed aroun 8 or 8:30pm at night and wakes up at 8:30 in the morning...so his first nap is't until 11:30 and then a second one around 3 or 4. I read Dr. Weissbluth's book and it mentions putting a baby down at 6:30 or 7 and WAKING them up at 7 for a 9am nap and then one at 12-2. I don't really want to wake my little one up any earlier - the 8:30am works for us, bu a first nap at 11:30 is late and sometimes he sleeps 45 minutes, other times over an hour to hour and a 1/2...so really, my day doesn't get started until after 1 which means I miss a lot of mommy groups!



Anyways just wanted to know what some of you do for your 6 month old's naps - I finally have something that works ( he goes down awake now..before I had to rock him) but should he be goign to bed earlier and napping earlier?



He still wakes once a night to eat, either at midnight or at 2'ish...but still not a sleeper through the night!



Thnx!

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Jenna - posted on 01/14/2009

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Follow the schedule during the day for your baby. But I say get your child sleeping through the night. My son was trained to sleep through the night at 6-7 weeks old. Your son is in the habit of waking up so it's just normal for him. Train him by letting him cry himself to sleep. If he cries longer than 30-45 minutes (of real crying, not complaining) then binky, but don't feed. My son is stubborn so it took several days, but it should definietly take less than a week to train. Extend the time each night that you don't go in to him. It is worth the training for that extra sleep. A baby can sleep through the night once they hit 9-10 pounds. Hope it helps.

Lucie - posted on 01/13/2009

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I think it is nonense waking up a child when asleep. I let my daughter have her own regime. the truth is at that age, it often changed. But I put her to bed at times she wanted to sleep.

Danialle - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son is also 6 months and he goes to bed anywhere between 7:30 and 9 depending on his mood. He gets up between 6:30 and 7:30 most days and takes a 1/2 hour to 45 minute nap at 9. He then takes another nap between 11:30 and 12:30 for about 3 hours. He then takes a nap around 5:30 or 6 for 1/2 an hour. This is the schedule he has set for himself. His schedule varies a little day to day. I am a stay at home mom and we don't really get out much, so I just let him make his own schedule. It seems to work for us, but everyone is different. Oh and my son wakes twice at night. First at 1 and I have to rock him for a few minutes and then at 3:30 for a bottle.

Chrystal - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi, I have a 6 month old baby and he has 2-3 naps everyday. He can only handle being awake for 2 hours at a time during the day. He goes to bed about 9pm and generally sleeps for about 5-7 hrs (he wakes at least once during the night for a feed), and naps for about 2 hrs during the day. I think as long as when your baby is tired he is getting the naps he requires so that he is not likely to become overtired and grizzly. If you are happy with what time he goes to bed at night and wakes in the morning then I don't think you should need to change that. Every baby is different and you just go with what feels right for you. My baby doesn't sleep through the night just yet either and I was told that about 60% of babies don't for awhile.

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi Jen,

My son will be 6 months at the end of this month and I have him on the same schedule as you. It's been working beautifully. Once in a while he'll pull a stunt where he won't nap at all or will take a few 20 min naps. He's teething pretty bad at the moment. My son will wake up around 4 or 5am once in a while for feedings.



Cristin

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Suanita - posted on 11/03/2011

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Hallo my baby goes to bed so 7;00pm and he sleeps throw till so 5;30am then i change him and give him a bottle we then play he gets his porridge at 10;00 am and the last bit of milk then we play again till so 11;30.He then goes to sleep till so 02;00pm and then we play and then he baths at 05;00 pm and then we have supper bottle and then we read stories then he goes to sleep so 7;00pm.This rotine works the best for me i had the same routine with my daughter who is 14 now and she was in that routine till she was 8.

Sandra - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi my son is 9mths old now but when he was 6mths he was pretty much working on a schedule which I found very helpful He would go to bed at about 830pm and sleep till about 8 - 8:30am then would be ready for a nap about 2 to 2.5 hours after he woke up for an hour and then back for his afternoon nap by 1:30 - 2pm until about 4:30 - 5pm. As for getting him to sleep through the night try giving him a little bit of baby cereal about an hour before his bed bottle and this will help fill him and help him sleep through the night Good Luck figuring out your 6 month old's naps 

Raeanne - posted on 01/14/2009

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My second is 6 months old and after having an extremely colic first child who never slept, I would agree to NEVER wake a sleeping baby. I know it's difficult and sometime isolating to be stuck indoors for most of the winter, but before you know it this "nap schedule" will change (ie:crawling /walking) and your late mornings will soon be a thing of the past. Here's to sunny days ahead:)
PS I'm envious to all the moms who's little ones are sleeping through the night!!!! My little guy still gets up at around 2ish...ughh

Katie - posted on 01/13/2009

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When mine was 6 months she was sleeping from 8 to 8 then going down at 10 - 12 for a morning nap, then 2- 4 for an afternoon nap.

Rebecca - posted on 01/13/2009

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I would stick with what works best, we have a similar schedule I have a 9 month old, he goes to sleep at 8:30, wakes up at 8 am, he will take a quick 20 minute nap at 10-10:30, then he goes down at 12:00 until between 3 and 4, if he doesn't nap well in the afternoon he'll take another nap around 6 pm. I would find a schedule that works and stay with it, our son has been on this schedule since he has been 5 months, it will make everything alot easier!

Darlene - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi,



It sounds like you have something that works but if you want to alter it a little you might want to try putting you baby to bed by 8pm the lastest.  You could try putting baby to bed 10 to 15 minutes earlier for a few nights and then put your baby to bed another 10 to 15 minutes earlier a few days later and see what happens.  Do it gradually so it doesn't mess up the schedule that you already have going.  Also, as far as your 6 month old's naps, I have a 5 month old who is still taking 3 naps a day and is about to transition to 2.  I try to put him down to his first nap once he had been awake for about 2 hours,  his second & third nap after he has been awake for 2 & 1/2 hours.  You might be waiting too long for your baby's first morning nap therefore causing your afternoon nap to be later.  Try putting your baby down for his first nap after being awake for 2 & 1/2 hours and 2nd nap after he has been awake for 3 hours.  This window between 1st and 2nd nap may give you the time you need to get out and about.  If all else fails stick to what works and don't sweat it too much.  I'm looking forward to my baby sleeping the night now that we have the nap routine down.  My 2 year old sleeps like a dream - asleep by 8pm and up by 7:30-7:45am now hopefully her brother will begin to follow her lead.  Good luck :-)



 

Dawn - posted on 01/13/2009

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you dont need mumy groups just a freind at time to time so you now your still a adult and at night give him a littel rusch or rice before bed if hes fed and dry he will sleep thourgh and whene baby sleeps at the day time so should you.

Fawn - posted on 01/13/2009

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It sounds like you have a schedule with him and I wouldn't worry about it. My youngest son is almost 2 and there are days where hestill wants 2 naps a day and his older sibling I had to fight just to get one nap. children are different but if your worried about it talk to the doctor I bet they will tell you your doing just fine. Alot of the books are just sugestions.

Clara - posted on 01/13/2009

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My baby goes to bed around 7:30 or ate and sleeps for between 10-12 hrs. Usually she's ready for a nap every 1 1/2 -2 hrs after being awake. I usually works out to being a napa 10:30, 2:30 and sometimes at 4ish foe a quick little power nap. I woul'd wake your baby, he's telling you what works best for him....

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2009

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My little girl turned 6 months today. We usually do bathtime at 8 and bed by 830pm and she is usually up between 630 and 8am. I'm lucky if she takes 2-3 naps a day and at least one of those is usually only 30-45 mins. I don't regulate what time she takes her naps, I just put her down when she starts acting tired but she fights sleep during the day like no other. lol Usually if I'm home with her, her first nap is within 1-2 hours of waking up, changing the diaper, and her first feeding of the day. Jess has slept thru the night since late Sept tho.

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2009

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My daughter's schedule is about the same as everyone else. Bedtime at 7 sometimes 7:30. Wakes up around 6 for a feed but goes right back to sleep until 7:30ish. She naps around 10/10:30 for about 40mins sometimes an hour if I'm lucky. Then she naps again around 1:30/2. For about an hour, hour and a half. She's sometimes all over the place in terns of her nap in the afternoon. Depending on how long she sleeps and when she went down, she sometimes needs to have another quick catnap around 4:30/5. But she's still always ready for bed by 7ish. Stick with what works for you.

Kristin - posted on 01/13/2009

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My 8 months old son gets up sometime between 8:45 and 9:30 am.  He then takes a nap around 11 or 11:30 for about an hour to an hour and a half.  He will take another nap around 3 or 3:30 and a third nap around 7:30 pm.  Then he goes to bed at 10pm.  And sleeps most of the way through the night.  Usually wakes up around 5:30 for a feeding.

Kim - posted on 01/13/2009

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My little girl is just about 6 months.  She has a morning nap at around 9:30/10:00 and wakes up later for lunch at 12.  Then she gets put down at about 2:30 and sleeps until about 4:00.   Sometimes she'll have a 3rd nap, at around 7:00 then wake up later for a feeding, but then a little bit after that put her down for bed.



You seem to have an awesome schedule with your son!  I wouldn't change it unless you decide certain days you do want to go out. 



I have an older son that likes to go to childern's groups to play, I took him one day last week for about 2 hours.  He had a blast, but it did kinda make the rest of the day a bit harder for my daughter because her schedule was off, but we made it work.   I could maybe only do this once a week,  taking 2 kids places is alot of work!  When we do go out, I plan it right after a feeding, that way I have a few hours before she's hungry again and she sleeps in the car seat.



Its really won't be as hard you think it might.

Jenna - posted on 01/13/2009

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My six molnth old is on a similar schedule to yours also - but he sleeps through the night most of the time. I dont worry about his schedule when i have things to do - just take the day as it comes. My son has gotton used to being taken out of his cot and put in the carseat, and most of the time he just goes back to sleep.



If his sleeping pattern has been altered during the day due to going places, we just alter his bedtime, if he doesnt look sleepy he may stay up half hour later, or he may go to bed earlier.... I dont find that this screws him up for the next day.



Not being on a strict schedule works for us... but i can imagine that once baby number two comes along... a stricter schedule may be essential!!!



GOODLUCK!



 

Michelle - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi! I have an 8 month old that's on like the EXACT same sleep schedule as your son. Whatever works best for you and your baby is what you should do! If you want him to get up earlier so that you can go to mommy groups, then just adjust your schedule, but you can do whatever you want!

Brandi - posted on 01/13/2009

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I would say if you have somewhat of a schedule with him then I would not interupt that b/c that is familar to him now and it could cause other bedtime or nap time issues. If he is going to bed at/around the same time everynight and then napping at the same time everyday for about the same period and doesnt seem to be tired still and if in a since it works for you I would hesitate on changing it. However when they are that little they do still need  2 naps a day but if they ar still in a baby carseat then you can still take him to your mommy groups and chances are if it falls into one of his 2 nap times or close he may fall asleep in the car and sleep the whole time or most of it!! I had to do this with my oldest son. My youngest on the other hand since he was about 3/4 months old he has gone to bed about 7:45 to 8:15 and sleeps until about 8 am the next morning. He took 2 naps (sometimes still does) but usually was about 11:15 and again about 2:30 ish but once he got a little older he still goes to bed about the same time and wakes up about the same time but only now takes one nap from about 11:30 until about 1 or 1:30! Keep your chin up you will find the best option for you and him it may just take a few go arounds!!

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My baby is 6 month old and his sleeping schedule is virtually identical to your little one's! Mine sleeps all through the night though. I would never dream of waking him up earlier in the morning. I think he sleeps because he's tired and when I do need to wake him up early, he's a grump until he gets a nap anyways!  

Beth - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have a seven month old, she has settled into a sleep scheldule of bed at 7 pm, wakes at around 6 am to eat and then usually goes back to sleep until 7ish. She is ready for a nap at 10 ish and then again at 2. Most days she sleeps about an hour in the morning and an hour or hour and half in the afternoon. I say if it works for you and your little one he's getting enough sleep...good luck finding something that works for your 6 month old's naps.

Sandra - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi my son is 9mths old now but when he was 6mths he was pretty much working on a schedule which I found very helpful He would go to bed at about 830pm and sleep till about 8 - 8:30am then would be ready for a nap about 2 to 2.5 hours after he woke up for an hour and then back for his afternoon nap by 1:30 - 2pm until about 4:30 - 5pm. As for getting him to sleep through the night try giving him a little bit of baby cereal about an hour before his bed bottle and this will help fill him and help him sleep through the night Good Luck figuring out your 6 month old's naps 

Darlene - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi,



It sounds like you have something that works but if you want to alter it a little you might want to try putting you baby to bed by 8pm the lastest.  You could try putting baby to bed 10 to 15 minutes earlier for a few nights and then put your baby to bed another 10 to 15 minutes earlier a few days later and see what happens.  Do it gradually so it doesn't mess up the schedule that you already have going.  Also, as far as your 6 month old's naps, I have a 5 month old who is still taking 3 naps a day and is about to transition to 2.  I try to put him down to his first nap once he had been awake for about 2 hours,  his second & third nap after he has been awake for 2 & 1/2 hours.  You might be waiting too long for your baby's first morning nap therefore causing your afternoon nap to be later.  Try putting your baby down for his first nap after being awake for 2 & 1/2 hours and 2nd nap after he has been awake for 3 hours.  This window between 1st and 2nd nap may give you the time you need to get out and about.  If all else fails stick to what works and don't sweat it too much.  I'm looking forward to my baby sleeping the night now that we have the nap routine down.  My 2 year old sleeps like a dream - asleep by 8pm and up by 7:30-7:45am now hopefully her brother will begin to follow her lead.  Good luck :-)



 

Beth - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have a seven month old, she has settled into a sleep scheldule of bed at 7 pm, wakes at around 6 am to eat and then usually goes back to sleep until 7ish. She is ready for a nap at 10 ish and then again at 2. Most days she sleeps about an hour in the morning and an hour or hour and half in the afternoon. I say if it works for you and your little one he's getting enough sleep...good luck finding something that works for your 6 month old's naps.

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