Dropping naps

Kunang - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Anybody else have a 6 month old that fighting that third nap of the day? I'm beginning to think its the start of her not needing the last nap. The first and second she goes down really easily but the third some days I can be trying for 40 mins and I get nowhere.

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Tanja - posted on 03/19/2011

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I am having my third child and he just my other ones, dropped his third nap at around 5 months, so I put him on a mid morning and a mid afternoon one and stretching him just a little bit, therefore I get two 2 hour naps and a 11-12 hour night out of him. It is very normal for children 5-6 months to go down to two naps and around 10-14 months to go to one nap. And at some point in the first three years down to none. My first napped till just around 3 years old, my second stopped at around 18-20 months. But she had 14 hour nights, so she didn't need that nap.

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Carly - posted on 05/03/2011

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Yep, I found any time after 6 months the 3rd nap goes. For all my kids it was around 7 months. Give it up and rearrange the schedule a little to make a morning and arvo nap and she will be happy from now on but may need to go to bed half hour earlier or so.

Anita - posted on 03/28/2011

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my 8 month old hates to have naps after 4pm but he has one in the morning and arvo that last around 21/2 hours each, so i figure that he is getting enough day sleeps, he is terrible at night still.

Anita - posted on 03/28/2011

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my 8 month old hates to have naps after 4pm but he has one in the morning and arvo that last around 21/2 hours each, so i figure that he is getting enough day sleeps, he is terrible at night still.

Christine - posted on 03/27/2011

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My son hasn't taken 3 naps since he was about 2 months old. I was surprised to see how many people wrote about their babies still taking three naps. My son is 7 and a half months old- he wakes up between 7am and 7:30 and naps at 10am and 3pm every day. Then he goes to bed at 7pm and he sleeps until 7am without waking up at all.

Tara - posted on 03/27/2011

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Third nap? I am guaranteed one nap of 1-2 hours, the second nap has about a 50% success rate, I don't think he's taken 3 naps a day since he was a newborn and slept most of the day.

Alicia - posted on 03/27/2011

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I have the opposite! My lo is about to turn 7months at the end of the month and she has been sleeping alot. Taking a few naps a day and sleeping late in the mornings.

Tammy - posted on 03/26/2011

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My twins were right around 6 months when they stopped the 3rd nap as well. They are now almost 8 months and my son sometimes just has a morning nap...if it is late morning, he sometimes doesn't have the afternoon one. Which is not a great thing as he is a bear until bedtime then.



The good thing is they both sleep through the night and have been since they were about 5 months old.

Tiana - posted on 03/23/2011

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My 7 month old is in the transition of dropping her 3rd nap as well. It just depends on how early she wakes up from the afternoon nap.

Honestly, this baby is such a good napper/sleeper. My first was just horrible when it came to sleeping, aside from night time. I usually got one nap a day with her and sometimes I did not even get that. I think I made a few mistakes bringing up the first one, but practice makes perfect right? =)

Jennifer - posted on 03/22/2011

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It's pretty ironic that I'm reading this now because my 7 month old is just now taking his 3rd nap at 7pm but doesn't take his morning nap anymore. I'm still fighting him sleeping thru the night too. Sleep time has not been fun.

Molly - posted on 03/21/2011

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My daughter has not taken a 3rd nap in almost 2 months. We just moved her bed time up so she sleeps threw the night. Now that we have gotten use to this, when she does sneek a 3rd nap in it makes it harder to put her to bed.

Kelly - posted on 03/21/2011

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My 7 month old has 1 nap, sometimes 2 naps a day an that is it!! She goes down for an hour 2 hours after she has got up, then in the afternoon she just has a nap while walking to nursery to pick her big brother up!! She hardly sleeps during day and been like this for a couple of months now, but she is happy enough. She gets up in a morning about 7am, goes down at 9 till 11, then 15 min nap in pram in an afternoon, an then bed at 630pm. She still wakes about 4am tho for a top up as she is still breastfeeding!!

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2011

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3 naps, i don't get 3 naps, haven't for a while, i'm lucky to get 2 good naps, however my daughter sleeps through the nights most nights. Her sleeping has been changing lately, she's 7 months old right now. She's been changing with her eatting and sleeping, been trying to figure my daughter out lately but i think it's normal when they are growing and developing for their sleep to change a bit and their sleep patterns to change a little bit too! Or at least that is what i've been told and have noticed when working in child care!

Michelle - posted on 03/20/2011

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My 7 month old has dropped the 3rd sleep (nap), and goes to bed 30 minutes earlier at night than he did when having 3 sleeps. He sleeps for 12-13 hours (split with one feed) overnight. My 2 & 1/2 year old only occasionally has a daytime sleep. It depends on the child. It is just a bit of trail and error to figure out what they need when they are dropping a nap.
Try taking your baby for a walk at the 3rd nap time if she is used to sleeping in her stroller, that way she can have a sleep if she wants one, and if she doesn't you aren't putting her down in her cot and picking her up without her having a sleep. If you only put her in the cot when you know she will sleep then she has a clear message of what you want her to do when she is put in the cot. But if at that 3rd nap time you get her up from her cot without having a sleep she may try crying at other sleeps to see if you get her up then too. Good luck for the transition period.

User - posted on 03/19/2011

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My 3 yr old hardly ever takes naps anymore. But my 7 month old takes only one nap a day, sometimes two depending on how tired she is. She also goes to bed between 7p and 8p depending on how tired she is and what's going on. So really I think it just depends on the child. I wouldnt be alarmed of the new change. :)

Tanja - posted on 03/19/2011

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I am having my third child and he just my other ones, dropped his third nap at around 5 months, so I put him on a mid morning and a mid afternoon one and stretching him just a little bit, therefore I get two 2 hour naps and a 11-12 hour night out of him. It is very normal for children 5-6 months to go down to two naps and around 10-14 months to go to one nap. And at some point in the first three years down to none. My first napped till just around 3 years old, my second stopped at around 18-20 months. But she had 14 hour nights, so she didn't need that nap.

CHRISSIE - posted on 03/18/2011

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My 7 month old dropped her 3rd nap about 2 months ago and now only has 2. I moved up her bedtime so she doesn't get too grumpy.

CA - posted on 03/18/2011

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I'm in the middle of transitioning out of the 3rd nap as well, and moving up her bedtime (she's been a crazy nightowl up to this point!) Hopefully it goes well :)

Alida - posted on 03/18/2011

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My 6 month old son has not taken a proper 3rd nap for quite some time. If he does it is only 10 minutes and it is over. Can't do any harm is she doesn't want it anymore. Been there with my 1st child, it only causes more trouble for both parties. Good Luck

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My daughter has also dropped her third nap. Only if she is completely exhausted will she actually go to sleep. With my son he dropped his third nap around nine months so I wasn't expecting this so soon...however each kid is different. If she is still sleeping through the night (or mostly through the night) and is not cranky try it...It couldn't hurt for her to loose that third nap for a couple of days and to see if she really does or doesn't need it.

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