my son is 6 months old but dosnt seem to want 2 naps a day, should i force it??


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Casey - posted on 09/10/2009




one long one can be heaps better - my girl used to sleep from 11am to 3pm EVERYDAY!

Karissa - posted on 09/10/2009




sometimes I would, sometimes I wouldn't. If he seems tired yes, if not... let him play!

Victoria - posted on 09/10/2009




Try to get him on a schedule of taking 2 naps a day. One morning nap and one afternoon nap, (maybe around 3:00 pm) Thats what I had to do with my son, cause he didnt want to take more then 1 nap a day and then around 6:30 pm he would get really cranky and it was hard to deal with. He gets up at about 7:30 am and goes to bed at 9:00pm. His nap times consist of 1st nap at 11:30 am for about an hour or 2 if I'm lucky and the 2nd one around 4:00 pm for about 30 mins to an hour. It works really well for us. It was hard at first to get him on a schedule but after about a week of fighting it, it becomes cake work! I hope this helps you! Good luck!

Stacey - posted on 09/10/2009




my son is 6 years old now and stopped taking naps and started sleeping thru the entire night by the time he was a year old... some kids seem to only need 15 min to an hour a day of rest time or napping... dont force it...

Jana - posted on 09/10/2009




If she is not tired dont force it but downtime is often a good thing. like turning off tv and noises in the house and just have quiet time. NO playing toys. Maybe read or something quiet and soothing.

Katarina - posted on 09/10/2009




My son is 5 months old and still naps a few times a day BUT when he won't go down and I really need a nap myself OR time to do some housework i'll put him in his playpen with some toys and that buys me at least 20 minutes. As for forcing it I'm not sure. Developing a routine is important but maybe jsut quiet time??

Vicki - posted on 09/10/2009




I wouldn't force it... I have worked with many children over the years and you will find that a child will sleep when they get tired... instead of having the two naps per day maybe try and hold out for 1 long one... maybe after lunch as a child who has had good activities in the morning and then a nice lunch is more likley to sleep longer... The other option is to just see how it goes, he may just be going through a phase and will soon settle back into 2 naps a day. Hope this helps...

Lindsay - posted on 09/10/2009




I don't know about you, but I needed 2 naps a day more than I think my daughter when she started only needing 1 nap a day, I would put some soft toys in her crib and put her in there at what should have been her morning nap time...sometimes she would sleep, sometimes she would play, but either way I would get 30-45 minutes of free time to do some house work.

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