Naps

Sarah - posted on 12/27/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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How many naps is your 11 month taking? My daughter is still on 2 naps per day. She sometimes goes down for both, but there are times that she isn't tired and doesn't want to go down for the afternoon nap. Should I only do the one afternoon nap?

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Sarah - posted on 01/23/2010

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Thanks everyone for all your comments! The naps are getting better! I think she was just going through a phase. Here and there she will take a morning and afternoon nap. I think she still needs 2 naps because she is very cranky if she doesn't have both naps. She does go to bed early (6:30pm/7pm) and sleeps for 12-13 hours per night. I guess I will just wait and see when she is ready for just one nap but I am not pushing her!

Victoria - posted on 01/13/2010

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mine is one in 3 days and she has two 30min- 1 hour naps normally, about 10am and 3pm and still sleeps for 13 hours through the night, I guess it depends if they are getting tired, she does not stop when she is awake but I would not worry

Carrie - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter dropped her third nap at 9 months and her second nap at 10 months. She just takes one afternoon nap now.

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son is going to be 1 in 2 weeks. His schedule has always been, wakes up at 9:00am naps around 12:30 or 1:00pm, and then again around 6:30 or 7:00pm (when most kids are going to bed) and then he goes to bed around 11:00 or 11:30pm. I know it's really late but it's what works for our schedule. It's soooo nice to sleep in. People think i'm crazy to let my baby stay up that late. It makes it very easy to travel and go to other peoples houses though.

Cristina - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter does that, if she doesn't take a good early nap she will be really clingy or fussy and then it makes for her bed time to be too early, which early rise. If its not too close to her bed time we put her down for an hour nap in the evening and then she will still go to bed on her bedtime.

Cristina - posted on 01/09/2010

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my 11 month daughter normally just takes a late morning-early afternoon nap for most of the time. My babysitter told me that once they hit about this age she only tries for one nap a day. But if she is really tired I would say go for that 2nd nap.

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My daughter takes 2 naps depending on the time she wakes in the morning. 1 at 10:30 and the other at 2:30 but she's still waking at night at about 2:30am. She naps about 2 hours each time which is the reason I think she's not sleeping at night. I'm going to start to try and get her to do 1 nap to help her sleep through the night (hopefully) but all babies are different and if she's presenting tired signs at naptime put her down. If your having trouble with the pm nap move the morning nap to 12 and keep her at 1 nap if she does at least 2 hours. Hope this helps.

Carrie - posted on 01/08/2010

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Wow! It is so comforting to see other moms having the same problems or successes :) My daughter will be one in a little over a week and naptime has been up and down for us. She used to go down for a morning nap around 10am and then go down for a late afternoon nap around 3pm or 4pm, but she really fights that afternoon nap now. I've wondered if I should stretch out her naptime to start around 12pm and just have one big nap, but she's SO fussy at night if I do that because she's overly tired. Any suggestions?

Mary - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter one on the 16th, still has two naps. Normally she is back in bed after 1.2-2hours after been up and then sleeps for 1.5-2 hours. Then up for 3-3.5 hours and back to bed for 1.5 hours. She is then in bed around 7pm later if she has woken up very late and then all the time have to move later. The last two days i have had to wake her at 7 and 7.15am as we have had appointments in the mornings. I needed her up earlier so she could have her first sleep and be ready for the appointments on time.
I prefer her getting up earlier as my three year old is up earlier. It means i can get more done. My three year old starts morning kindy later this month so she will not be able to be back to bed till 9.30am and needs to be up before 12 so i can pick him up. Sometimes we have to help them work into the family schedule.

My son who is three was still having three sleeps at one. But it moved to two and then one quight quickly and i was never sure how long he would sleep for. We often would have to take him for a walk in the pram about 4.30 to give him a nap so he would last till 7pm bed. But our girl sleps better and we dont have to do that. We could not do it as her brother would not want to walk for that long.

Sleep is so good for kids, so i say keep them going as long as you can. My three year old still sleeps most days and it great.

Rebecca - posted on 01/06/2010

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HI
i still have the wake up call somtimes between 4-6, if he wakes earlie i tend to put him down anything between 930-10, he can sleep for upto 1 - 2 hrs, i personnaly try and keep away from the afternoon nap, just so at bedtime he wants to sleep.

Dora - posted on 01/06/2010

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My little girl will be turning 1 in a week. She still takes 2 naps, there are times that she will take 1 nap. I too have a strict rule of 8pm bedtime. My little girl does well and sleeps through the night. If she does not want to take her second nap I do not force her. She does start to get tired and ends up wanting to go to bed at 7pm. I guess you can say every child is different. Not to worry.

Tehara - posted on 01/03/2010

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My wee girl was 1 on the 2nd an still generally has 2 good sleeps a day but i have found that she can hold off till after lunch if shes kept bisy then will sleep for 3+ hours then shes fine for being in bed at 7 an theres no early mornings

Jo - posted on 01/03/2010

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we are on two naps a day, we let him have the first nap a 1.5 hour nap after being awake for 4 hours and the second nap is only a 45min nap, we wake him up to preserve a decent bedtime. so up for the day at 7.30, first nap at 11.30-1pm then second nap at 5-5.30/5.45 and bedtime 8.30/8.45 if we let him sleep any longer than that he will be up all night, as it is he sleeps 11 hours straigh without waking, has done for a very long time, we just change his naps as he gets older and needs less and less daysleep

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I say if he's tired, let him sleep. I let my daughter loosely dictate the time, although I do keep the 10 and 3 sort of frame going as far as spacing them out. If she's in need of a snooze in the wee early morning after her bottle, I lay her down and that may only be for 45 minutes. Sometimes she doesn't want to lay down at all for her afternoon nap, so I might put her to bed a bit earlier. I'm just going to let her call the shots, generally, for now and when she's wide awake for one I may drop it and go with the one nap.

Sylvia - posted on 01/03/2010

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Don't feel bad I am in the same boat as you sometimes my son won't take a nap at all. So I take him for a walk in the morning i bath him i feed him and by 10 he is ready for that nap i have to stick with that or he want to be up all day

Melissa - posted on 01/03/2010

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Keira takes two naps a day now. She has been up at 7:30 and then goes down for the first nap 3-4 hours later, usually around 10:30 - 11:00 am. Sometimes she'll sleep 40 min, sometimes an hour, sometimes 90 min --- you just never know! Depending on when she gets up she'll be ready for her 2nd nap 3-3.5 hours later. Again, the length of the nap is always different. Her bedtime has been about 8:30ish. She's getting 10.5 - 11 hours of sleep at night. I have been off of work for two weeks (I am a teacher) so it's back to work tomorrow and Keira will have to go back to daycare - which means that the schedule will move up some as I have to get her up and out to daycare. That also means her naps are so much more UNPREDICTABLE as she does not want to sleep at daycare as there is too much to do! Unfortunatly for the past month or so we've been putting Keira down for naps and bed with a bottle . . . which I know is a bad habit - but it's worked. However, since her first birthday is in two weeks, I know we need to get away from bottles . . . any suggestions? She has never been good to just lay down and go to bed on her own. We've tried, but it's never worked well.

Ashley - posted on 01/03/2010

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Brooke takes about two naps a day, one around 3ish and another around 7-8, which has her sleep schedule messed up and now she's not going down for bed until around 11. I'm really hoping that starts to change after she turns one in a few weeks.

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2010

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My 11 month old son takes one nap for about 2-3 hours. He usually gets up around 7am and takes his nap between 11:30-12pm and sleeps until 2:30-3:00.

Beth - posted on 01/03/2010

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My little man (one week 'till his 1st b-day) still takes two 2 to 3 hour naps and sleeps between 10 and 12 hours a night. My daughter is 2 1/2 and still takes a 3 to 4 hour nap and sleeps between 10 and 12 hours at night. I have been blessed with children that love to sleep...and believe me, if they don't get it, you can tell!!!

Amanda - posted on 01/03/2010

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my daughter has just turned 1 and or the last week has started dropping her morning nap (unless in car) and fights having a sleep till about 2/3 pm which is about an hour depending what is goning on, she goes to sleep around 8/9 pm and sleep till about 8 ish.
i wouldn't worry too much about when they sleep or for how long as each child is different and as long as they r happy and healthy.

Melinda - posted on 01/03/2010

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LOL reading all these replies makes me laugh because I was all concerned because of how my son sleeps and I find out it's pretty normal. He varies from day to day. Sometimes he takes 2 naps. Sometimes 1. Somtimes it's just the morning for 2 hours or the afternoon. Some days he takes 2 1 hour naps. I finally decided I am not stressing it and let him sleep when he was tired. My other 2 boys were on a schedule and I could actually set a clock by them. Not this guy, he's all over the place. I guess he just picked up his dad's personality and not mine. Anyways my advice just go with the flow and let him go to bed when he's sleepy. I do have a strict 7 pm to bed rule though. Sometimes he goes down around 6:30 but he's always in there by 7 and asleep by 7:30.

Amythyst - posted on 01/02/2010

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Quoting Renee:

My son has decided months ago that he doesnt take naps anymore, and for a few weeks now, he also thinks bedtime is 3am!!



I know how you feel. My daughter is 11 months old and doesn't go to bed until midnight at the earliest and gets up for the day at 6am. And she usually only naps for  an hour or so in the afternoon, if we're lucky.  The only time she'll sleep earlier is laying on my chest on the couch.

Renee - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son has decided months ago that he doesnt take naps anymore, and for a few weeks now, he also thinks bedtime is 3am!!

Heather - posted on 01/02/2010

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My little guy also dose not want to nap, he take's one for about 2 or 3 hour's during the hour's of 11 am and 4 pm. Then again at 5 to 630 pm even without the 5 to 630 nap he dose not want to go to bed at nite ! There are night's where he is still up at midnight 12:30 and 1am We've tried bottle's rocking him etc......... UGH !

Lorraine - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter will be one next week and she generally still has two naps a day but fights both of them! She is napping now but I generally have to rock her in my arms to get her to sleep - I think because she is crawling and standing up she is just too excited about everything she is learning and doesn't want to sleep. She goes down for the night at about 7.30 usually and generally sleeps through til about 7.30am.

Sammy - posted on 01/01/2010

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My LO has one nap a day, for about 15 minutes in the morning. She's never been a big sleeper during the day.... lol.
I would let her sleep when she wants. My daughter goes to bed at 6 because she doesn't sleep in the afternoon, and by that time she's whinging because she's tired, so why not bump bedtime up a wee bit earlier on the days when she doesn't have the afternoon nap?

Christine - posted on 01/01/2010

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another tip, take away the morning nap! my son would go to bed maybe an hour or two after waking up.. this is a huge no-no! the reason this happens is because they didn't get enough sleep during the night and need to eat, then go back to sleep.
the best thing i ever did was forcing him not to sleep that AM nap.. sounds cruel but the baby will be happier and well rested with one long nap.
keep your son/daughter up til 11 or 12 (if they wake up around 7-8am) and you'll notice a HUGE difference!

Christine - posted on 01/01/2010

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My son is at 1 nap a day.. for 2-3 hours. Most will recommend trying for one nap.. but of course it's very hard and tedious changing your child's schedule! work on filling your daughter's tummy up so she sleeps longer and any other tricks you might have to keep her sleeping for an extended period of time.

Nicki - posted on 01/01/2010

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My son still has 2 naps a day and they are usually about 2-3 hours a day and he is in bed at 8:00pm. I was just wondering if that is to much sleep. Cause it seems like thats all he is doing anymore is sleeping..lol..not that im complaining.

Alex - posted on 01/01/2010

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my daughter is going to be 1 in two weeks and she takes 3 naps a day. don't get to excited! they each last about 30-45 min. she has always been a cat napper since day one so this is the norm for us. She doesn't go in for the night until 9 pm because she wants to play with her big sister and see Daddy when he gets home from work at 7:30. but even with three naps she will sleep from 9 pm until 8 am. our older daughter took 3 naps a day and slept 12 hours every night until she was 2 years old. i think every child is different and each will do what they need to do during the day to get the sleep they need.

Julia - posted on 01/01/2010

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My 11 month old boy is also taking 2 naps a day, after being awake for 3.5 - 4 hours. Think he's slowing becoming a 1 nap baby. A sample of his day is = 6.30am Awake. 10am 1st Nap for 50mins or 90mins. 3pm 2nd Nap 50mins or 90mins. 7.30pm Bed.

Amy - posted on 01/01/2010

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We are exactly the same. My little boy (1 in 2 weeks), has started fighting the afternoon sleep. He used to get up at 5am back in bed by 8.30 then have an afternoon sleep at 1pm. But I am going to move his sleep back and only have one sleep. He is also in bed early and sleeps all night. His daytime sleep he usually sleeps for about 2-3 hours.

Vickie - posted on 12/31/2009

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My son is doing the same thing. He always takes his morning nap but sometimes his afternoon nap is a fight. I think they are just starting to transition from 2 naps to 1 nap since they are almost a year now.

Marquita - posted on 12/31/2009

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My son takes cat naps now. The first nap is a joke because he will sleep for 10 mins and get right back up the next nap he tries to do the same so i rock him in my arms or in his car seat until he falls back to sleep. I read something that said kids their age should still get at least 12-14hrs of sleep per day and if they skip a nap then move bedtime up. I hope that this helps

Shelly - posted on 12/28/2009

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my 11 month old has been only taking one nap a day for about a week now i don't even try cause she will to to bed at five and sleep all night. i wouldn't really force it or worry about it they are at that age they are only going to sleep once or twice a day.

Jennifer - posted on 12/27/2009

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My 11 mo old still takes 2 naps a day (usually)

as well--always the morning nap, around 10:30, but occasionally he doesn't take the afternoon nap. When he doesn't take his afternoon nap (it only happens maybe once every two weeks), I just put him down earlier for bed--he's usually tired and ready to go to bed about an hour earlier if he hasn't has his afternoon nap. Some kids do start to transition to one mid day nap about this age but I really think he still needs the two a day. I wouldn't worry too much about it--if she doesn't want the afternoon nap, just let it go and put her down earlier. Eventually she'll be giving it up for the one big nap anyway.

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