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Betty Bee 06-02-2009 03:45 PM

How to know when baby is ready for 2 Naps a day?
 
My son is almost 8 months old and takes 3 naps per day. The naps are usually no longer than an hour at a time and sometimes as little as 20 minutes for a total of 2 1/2 to 3 hours of nap time. The first nap around 9am, the second nap around noon, and the third nap around 3, then he is in bed sleeping at 8. Do I continue with this schedule (as long as he is demonstrating all the signs of being tired) or is it time to change his schedule to 2 naps? How do you know when the time is right to change his schedule? I'm so caught up... I get a lot of advice I don't ask for and it always makes me second guess myself.

Cookiem26 06-05-2009 07:46 PM

Re: How to know when baby is ready for 2 Naps a day?
 
My DD is almost 11 months and she has been on 2 naps for a long time. We just kind of watched her and followed her cues. I think if your son is sleeping through the night with no problem and seems rested and goes down fine for all 3 naps that is fine but I think by this age you can try 2 naps so he can get his naps more condensed instead of spreading out into shorter periods. If you want to try 2 naps to see how he does try putting him down at his normal 9am and then put him down again at say 1pm instead of waiting until 3. If he gets really cranky between there you may need to adjust the times a little but then again, every baby is different and if he does better at 3 shorter ones that's fine too, you'll know when he is ready. He'll let you know. He'll start protesting in his crib to get up :) Good luck!

WhiskersOnKittens 06-09-2009 04:04 PM

Re: How to know when baby is ready for 2 Naps a day?
 
[QUOTE=Cookiem26;4004959]My DD is almost 11 months and she has been on 2 naps for a long time. We just kind of watched her and followed her cues. I think if your son is sleeping through the night with no problem and seems rested and goes down fine for all 3 naps that is fine but I think by this age you can try 2 naps so he can get his naps more condensed instead of spreading out into shorter periods. If you want to try 2 naps to see how he does try putting him down at his normal 9am and then put him down again at say 1pm instead of waiting until 3. If he gets really cranky between there you may need to adjust the times a little but then again, every baby is different and if he does better at 3 shorter ones that's fine too, you'll know when he is ready. He'll let you know. He'll start protesting in his crib to get up :) Good luck![/QUOTE]

Good advice! If he's still content with 3 naps a day, and YOU'RE content with it as well, then I'd just keep it as such. He's getting the amount of sleep that he needs, when he needs it. But if you'd rather have him take two so you can get out and do things in between and not have to worry about getting him home for a nap, he'll probably be fine with stretching it out a little. I too would recommend just waiting a little longer before putting him down for his 2nd nap, and see how that goes (but if you're anything like me, you look forward to nap time, so maybe you do like having him take 3!).

Whiskers


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