My 5 1/2 month old was a pretty good napper. Up until a month ago, she would nap for 1.5-3 hours in the morning and then go on to sleep another 1.5-2 hours once or twice more in the afternoon and evening. Recently, she suddenly started doing 30-45 minute naps. All the time! No matter what I do, I can't seem to extend them. I don't mind, even though I get less done. I just worry she isn't getting enough sleep. She has continued to sleep through the night (from about 9:45-7:30 - sometimes waking up once or twice for her pacifier - is that bad?). Is anyone else dealing with sudden 45 minute naps? Do they eventually go longer again?

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Andie - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi - I had a similar problem when my daughter was 5 months old, except she also stopped sleeping at night. I put her on a sleep schedule - nap at 9am and 1pm every day in her cot AND took away her pacifier....which seemed to make the difference and it only took 36 hours for her to forget it ever existed. It was as though she was never going into a deep sleep as she was sucking on the pacifier the whole time. She now does two 1.5-2.5 hour day time sleeps and only wakes once at night. The change was almost overnight. Good luck!

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You should be thankful your baby sleeps!  I just started getting my 8month old to sleep from 11:00-7:00AM.  And he'll only have one nap during the day!  And he's super-energetic.



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Meri - posted on 08/02/2014

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My baby just went through the same thing. I know this is an old post but I still wanted to reply for those who are seeking for an answer to a similar problem.

My little girl usually takes three 2 hour naps, and one catnap a day. But since last week, we can't get her to sleep longer than half an hour. We called our sleep consultant yesterday and she said "Your little one is growing, you should let her stay awake for longer periods so that she sleeps for longer periods". And suggested we extend the awake hours from 1 hour to 2 hours. And that did the trick.
Today, my girl had a 2 hour nap in the morning (I had to go in and wake her up), and now she's having her second nap.

Hope this helps.

Lacy - posted on 01/21/2009

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all babies need a different amount of sleep, if she tired then she'll sleep . when you notice her looking tired put her somwhere quiet so that she can fall asleep. she may just be needing less at one time now . my son is 2 now and he stopped having hour long naps at about 6-7 months  now he sleeps about 1 hour 1 time a day. i wouldn't worry about it

Amy - posted on 01/21/2009

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You have an absolutely beautiful baby. Great job for her sleeping through the night so early. Consider yourself fortunate. My daughter did the same thing. She started sleeping through the night around 5 months old, but that did affect her naps. 



4-6 Month Sleep Tips







Babies this age will start to quit nighttime feedings, and are usually ready to sleep through the night now, anywhere from six- to 12-hour stretches.







Research shows about 60 percent of babies sleep through by 6 months, up to 80 percent do so by 9 months.







Remember, all babies wake up sometimes during the night, but those who "sleep through" have learned how to nod off on their own.







Keep in mind, EACH AND EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT. Although there is a "standard" or "norm" , babies have a way of deviating from that, and making everything their own.



She certainly could go back to long naps, especially if recently refers to the holidays. The holidays usually mess up babies/kids schedules to the point that their sleep schedules may get a little off, and eventually revert back to the way they were "pre-holiday".



Keep up the good work. 

Kristielyn - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son who is 6 months does the same thing, his nap times have been 30-1hr since he was 4 months. I thought it was normal, as long as he got his recommended hours of sleep a day i was okay with it. He takes about 3 or 4 naps in a day because of his cat-napping and goes to bed between 8-9. About a month ago his sleep habits at night were all over the place and i've done just about everything to get his bedtime back to 8, but once i stopped trying, his bedtime slowly went back to 8. so babies are unpredictable at times and their all different. try different things but some may take a schedule and some might oppose it.good luck

Maria - posted on 01/21/2009

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Oh my goodness, you just described EXACTLY what is going on with my 5 month old! He also used to nap for 2 hours at a time in the morning and afternoon and now I am lucky if he goes down for an hour.  I have been asking my friends what is going on and no one seems to know. I am anxious to read the replies. Feels good to know I am not the only one in this situation.

Maria - posted on 01/21/2009

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Oh my goodness, you just described EXACTLY what is going on with my 5 month old! He also used to nap for 2 hours at a time in the morning and afternoon and now I am lucky if he goes down for an hour.  I have been asking my friends what is going on and no one seems to know. I am anxious to read the replies. Feels good to know I am not the only one in this situation.

Olivia - posted on 01/21/2009

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Maybe she is teething. We ran into the same problem with our 10 month old. She started sleeping through the night at five weeks....she would take two 2.5-3 hour naps everyday. Then around 5 1/2 months she was only sleeping like 35-45 mintues, she did this for three weeks. After three weeks two bottom teeth popped out and she started sleeping 2.5-3 hours again.

Elaine - posted on 01/21/2009

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well maybe your daughter is at the age now where you can put her on a schedule... when my daughter was 7 months i put her on a very precise schedule... she naped at 9 am. and again at 12 pm than i kept her up until 6 pm and she slept through the night until 6 am... it was kind of tough for the first week than she fell right into it.. now that she's 15 months i only give her one nap a day at 12 and she still goes to bed great at 6.... her nap time is roughly 2-2.5 hours so it's really nice..

Diane - posted on 01/20/2009

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You may have to change her feeding habits as well as her sleep habits.  At six months, you should be introducing rice cereal slowly into her diet.  By having her start on rice cereal, she will not require as many feedings, including at night.  And remember, newborns require more feedings than a five month old.  Start scheduling her feedings and get a sleep routine for her.  If your goal is to get her to sleep at 7:00 p.m.  Start preparing at 6:00.  Give her a bath, put lotion on her, get her pajamas ready and off to her room.  You may want to avoid play as it may get her too excited and just stick to reading.  The pacifier may be another culprit for not sleeping through the night.  Ween her off of it if possible. You may want to have soft music playing and have it cycle through the night.  Believe me it works!  No matter what, if it doesn' t work the first time keep trying.  It takes a while. 

Tiffany - posted on 01/20/2009

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Congratulations! Be sure to give yourself a pat on the back for having a 5 1/2 month old sleeping through the night.  And definitely a good thing if her pacifier will help her go back to sleep.  My daughter now 4 was not a napper, following a similar pattern to yours.  Soon she was down to only one nap a day roughly an hour.  So gradually we moved up her bedtime to 7:00pm.  And she would sleep from 7:00 to 7:00.  It helped keep my sanity that even though she wasn't napping I knew she would be in bed by 7:00 and the night would be mine.



So don't worry some kids just aren't nappers.  When they are tired enough they will eventually fall asleep.



No worries, from a supportive mom and EMT.

Darlene - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi, my name is Darlene



and i feel this is very normal for some reason boy's do change there nap and sleep patterns differently then girls i have3 boys..19,16,8 and my friend has 3 girls all about a year apart it is normal she would say how the girls were like her alarm clock always on time but my boy's made it up as they went along i tried every thing from a snack at bed to help them sleep and that worked maybe a week ..boy's are very hard to put on a scedule until 2-3 years so have fun with him you will love the out comenow my boys sleep till 11:00 on Saturdays and sundays.......good luck and god bless

Megan - posted on 01/20/2009

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I know when Lindsey was that young she went through a stage where she wouldn't nap long! It was very frustrating, it didn't effect the way she slept at night. I was blessed with a baby who slept since the day she came home from the hospital! I will say she will get out of the taking short naps routine. I can't tell you how long it will take. Good Luck! As for the pacifier thing, don't worry about it, Lindsey has to have hers too, to also sleep at night. She has been known to "wake up" to find it, but falls right back to sleep.

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