June 25, 2010,
Y.A. asks from Garden Grove, CA on June 24, 2010
How Long Between Naps
hey ladies! '
i'm just wndering how long ur LO is awake between naps? and how many they take a day? my LO is usualy awake 3 hours between naps but sometimes gets tired and cranky before. although i dont like putting her down for her 2nd nap before 2pm cuz if i put her down by 1pm or 130pm she'll be around 230pm or 3pm and then is super fussy around 530pmish and she goes to bed around 730pm or 8pm. anyway, just wondering how long ur LO is awake :) thanks
oh p.s. my LO is almost 9 months old
H.S. answers from Cleveland on June 24, 2010
My 10-month-old wakes up around 8 a.m. everyday and usually takes his first nap around 9:30/10 and naps for 2-2 1/2 hours ... his next nap ranges anywhere from 2:30-4 and he naps usually around 2 hours at this time as well. I base his afternoon nap when he seems to be getting tired. :-)
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K.J. answers from Chicago on June 24, 2010
From the time my 12 month old was about 5 mos until just recently he'd nap twice a day, about 2.5-3.5 hours apart. Sometimes when I know that he is tired but I want to stretch out the time a bit I take him outside for a walk, or some other kind of change of scenery to buy some more time.
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K.G. answers from Los Angeles on June 24, 2010
My 10 month old doesn't have a strict nap schedule. But there is definitely a "trend" to the madness of our days. She wakes around 7 am and I can usually get her down for 20 min. - 1.5 hr about 3 hours later. In the afternoon, after about 1 or 2 pm, she sleeps for another 1-2.5 hrs. She sometimes, not often, takes a short nap if I nurse her in the evening after dinner between 5:30-6:30. Then then it's nurse and bedtime between 8-8:30. I try to be consistent to give her the best chance for a nap, but sometimes it just won't happen either because of our schedule or because she's distracted by her toys and everything else in the world. If I see her rubbing her eyes or getting fussy and act quickly, it usually works. I've had many a rough day and a few tears over the nap thing. Especially when I see her struggling and when I'm trying to get some work done.
K.C. answers from Los Angeles on June 25, 2010
Check out the book Sleepeasy Solution. They have great charts and info for how long your child should be awake between each sleep period (nap and overnight) and how long they should sleep for each time.
The book itself uses crying it out as their method, which I know a lot of people don't agree with. So even if you don't like their methods, they give great advice on when to sleep.
L.O. answers from Detroit on June 24, 2010
you need to read teh book Healthy sleep habits happy child by Weissblth.
basicly infants shouldnt be awake more than 2 hours at a time.
they need to sleep.. many babies take a short nap at 500 or 530 or they go to bed at 630 or 700 pm sound like your child is over tired and needs more sleep.
L.E. answers from Chicago on June 24, 2010
everything I have read so far says in the first year there is 1-2hours of wakefullness. Once I started watching for my sweeties tired cues all crankiness seemed to disappear (until she started teething 3 days ago)
S.H. answers from Honolulu on June 24, 2010
a baby... will usually get tired/sleepy, after 2 hours of "awake" time.
for this age, even a bath is an 'activity.'
Also, they get over-tired and over-stimulated easily at this age.
Then they get fussy... because they are already over-tired.
Over-tired babies/children do NOT sleep well, nor fall asleep well and have a harder time sleeping well.
For the 1st year, my kids napped 3 times a day. At that age.
Your baby is tired. Needs to nap.
If not, it makes it worse.
My son as a baby, had that late afternoon nap at that age... it was fine. He needed it. If you make them not nap... it makes it worse.
If they need to nap, they need to nap.