N.E. asks from Altoona, IA on September 10, 2007
10 1/2 Mos Old Sleeping Schedule
I have a 10 1/2 mos old son and I am having a hard time getting him on a consistent napping schedule. I worked outside of the home when my daughter was a baby so it wasn't as big of an issue. He usually goes to bed around 8-8:30 and gets up anywhere between 7 am and 8:30 am. My daughter goes to preschool 4 days a week from 12:30 to 3:30. I have been just putting him down in the afternoon, but that doesn't always work and I hate to have to wake him up at 3:15 when it is time to pick my daughter up. I guess my question is directed to parents who have babies around the same age and what kind of napping schedule are they on?
C.M. answers from Sioux City on September 10, 2007
I'd try feeding him lunch earlier around 11am and then put him down at 11:30, then you won't have to worry about waking him up. You may have to adjust his bedtime schedule.
T.T. answers from Denver on September 11, 2007
It sounds like he might not be getting enough sleep. A baby of his age should still probably have 2 naps a day. His first nap should be about an hour and half after he first wakes up (watch for signs that he's tired...rubbing his eyes or being fussy) and his second nap should be an hour and half to two hours after he wakes from the first nap. If he's sleeping 12 hours at night, his naps should equal about 3 hours. My daughter is 13 months and she still takes two naps. Her nap in the morning is about 2 hours and her second nap is usually an hour or hour and a half. If your son takes a good morning nap, he should be able to wait until after you pick your daughter up before he goes down for his second nap. Hope this helps!
B.P. answers from Great Falls on September 11, 2007
I have a 9 1/2 month old son and lately his schedule is pretty messed up. I can't get him to eat much or sleep through the night. But he was on an excellent schedule for a while. Wake up about 6-6:30 nap around 10 for an hour and half then again between 2 and 3 he would nap again then go to bed about 7:30. Now he wakes up twice at night and still takes 2 naps durring the day. Is your son teething or anything? I think that's why mine is such a pill lately.
S.F. answers from Waterloo on September 10, 2007
My son is 11 months old. For a long time he would go to bed at 9:00 and get up at 6:30. Now that he has started walking he is going to bed around 8:00 and still getting up around 6:30 - 6:45. At daycare he takes one nap at noon and sleeps 2-2 1/2 hours. One the weekends when there aren't all the other kids around to keep him busy, he takes two naps. One at about 9:00am and the other around 2pm and he sleeps anywear from an hour to two and a half hours for each nap. You can "train" them to do whatever you want. Do you rock him to sleep or just lay him down? We lay ours down. Sometimes he crys and sometimes he goes right to sleep. The thing is do not go back into the room once you have put him down. They are very smart and they learn that if they cry for 5 minutes you will come back or 10 or 15 or whatever. If the baby is tired and it is nap time just put him in bed and leave. This is the advice we got from our Dr. and it has worked very well for us.
C.D. answers from Omaha on September 10, 2007
I have a 10 1/2 mo old son and his schedule depends on the day, but he usually goes to bed around 8:30 and is up sometime between 7:30 and 8:30, if he wakes up on the earlier side and we can, he does a nap in the morning and afternoon. The morning nap is from about 10:30 or 11:00 till 12:15 or so and then he goes down when my 2 1/2 year old does around 2:00. If he only takes one nap, he usually sleeps from about 1-4 or so. If I were you I guess I would try to do a little morning nap and a little afternoon nap. That's a tough one! Sorry, I'm not much help!
S.D. answers from Sioux Falls on September 23, 2007
I was told that until they are 2 years old children should be getting two naps a day. My daughter is now 15 months old and she is on a schedule quite similar to yours. Goes to bed at 8pm wakes between 8-9am. I lay her down for naps around 11:30am because I notice that she is getting sleepy at that time and that way she sleeps for a half hour then we get up and eat lunch. Then I lay her down for an afternoon nap at about 4pm. She will usually sleep for about an hour then. That has seemed to work the best for me. I hope this helps you!!!
R.B. answers from Boise on September 11, 2007
I have a 9 month old baby. His schedule is bed at 7:30-8 pm. Up at 6:30-7 pm. He naps for one to two hours in the am around 9 and one to two hours in the afternoon around 2. He typically wakes up to nurse each night around 4 pm. That being said this is my third baby boy and they have all been completely different. Good luck with your sweetie!
M.T. answers from Davenport on September 11, 2007
My son is 13 mo old now but when he was about the age of your son he was on the same napping schedule as he is now-he goes to bed around 8 or so and wakes up around 7 or 7:30. He then goes down for a nap around 9:30 or 10 and sleeps until about 11:30. We eat lunch, play, and then around 1:30 he is ready to take another nap. He will ususally sleep until around 3. I feel like he sleeps a lot but he is always tired around these times. I also have a 3 year old son who naps around 1:30 (after preschool) so they both take their naps together in the afternoon.
Hope this helps you out. I don't know when kids are ready for just one nap. It's always hard to remember from kid to kid, but as of right now my 13 mo old still enjoys two :)
T.N. answers from Lincoln on September 11, 2007
I work at a daycare in the infant room and we usually put the children down for a nap around 10:30 that way they can be ready for lunch at 12:00 ( they only sleep around 1/2 hour - 1 hour )then at 1:45 - 2:45 they take another nap so they are refreshed for the rest of the day. even if they dont fall aleep we usually lay them in their cribs with soft soothing music( nursey music ) and allow the room to be somewhat dark and this lets them learn it is quiet time and time to rest . If you continue this on a daily basis including The weekends your child will soon go to the crib when it is time. You mainly have to train him to YOUR SCHEDULE not the other way around.