How do I establish a good nap time routine?

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Nicole - posted on 01/30/2009

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I agree with Katie's answer. I always did the morning, afternoon, small evening nap for Grace. The only thing I would tweak is plan his nap like an hour after meals cause he seems his most alert after he eats. Ex: try and get him on a schedule to eat after you wake up (maybe 7:30ish) then nap at like 9, eat again at 11 or noon then nap at noon or one then eat at four or five and let him have a very short nap if he needs it at night.

Luatoya - posted on 01/30/2009

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U have 2 b consistent in the times u make. feedings at the same time,baths, morning wake up and bedtime. Both my sons slept from 11:30 until 2:30 everyday and usually had morning nap at 9:00am for about a half hour. But i always put them 2 bed at night after a bath and very full.

Julie - posted on 01/30/2009

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This past month I've been establishing a nap time routine. Depending on your child they may take two or three naps...gauge on how tired he/she is. At least there should be one in the morning and one in the afternoon (if they are ornery, there can be a short third one in the evening).
Decide on nap times that are about 3 or 4 hours apart, depending on how soon your baby gets tired. The first few days will be hard. At least they were for me, because our babies love us and want to play instead of going to sleep. I would take her up and set her down in her crib and not get her until she had slept an hour. You can check to make sure nothing else is the matter--dirty diaper or something else. To help her sleep I would feed her before she went down and sometimes this knocked her out. If they sleep less than 30 minutes, it doesn't count as a nap. My little girl only sleeps for an hour each nap. Her schedule is wakes up at 8am then between 10 and 11 after eating she goes down for her first nap. Then she's wakes up an hour later and plays. Her second nap is between 2 and 3.
Your baby will most likely wake up and cry, but if it hasn't been an hour, wait and see if he/she will fall back asleep. If you need to soothe your baby, you can go in and soothe him/her without picking up. Also if you always put them in their crib to nap, they'll get the idea that when they're put in their crib it's time to sleep. Good luck!

Gina - posted on 01/30/2009

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The best time for naps is after their tummy is full.  So, it depends on their feeding schedule.  Once you can get a routine down though, try hard to stick to it, then you can predict your baby's behavior.  (But don't let your baby rule your life either, you have to be flexible and so does your baby.  You're teaching them life lessons as soon as they're born.)   

Katie - posted on 01/30/2009

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for figuring out routines (not actual sleep method) I like, "Baby Whisperer", by Tracy Hogg.

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Katie - posted on 01/30/2009

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Your little one looks cute! Follow the feeding schedule your little one is on. Most babies will nap early on after feeds. They will start to stay awake a little longer as they get older each month or if sick/something else is wrong they may vary, but keeping to naps after breakfast/ midmorning snack, nap,lunch,afternoon nap, dinner, bedtime. You will see that this works ROUTINE is very important.

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