5 Things You Need to Know About Baby and Toddler Naps

 

We’ve written quite a bit about baby and toddler naps here on the blog, so if you’ve been following our site for awhile, you’ve had the chance to read a lot of baby and toddler nap tips and tidbits. But, some of you are new moms or new to The Baby Sleep Site® and we strive to educate all of our parents on the importance of good sleep and how to achieve it!

Today, we’re presenting you with 5 must-know facts about your baby’s or toddler’s naps. Think of it as your nap “cheat sheet”. ;) And we’re not stopping here; look for another post in the near future with 5 additional baby and toddler nap tips.

5 Things You Need To Know About Baby and Toddler Naps

  1. The first nap of the day is the most important. This isn’t to say that other naps aren’t also important. But the first nap of the day tends to be the most restorative, setting the tone for the day, and it’s generally the one that produces the best sleep for babies and young toddlers. (Note the generally there — this isn’t true for everyone!) So, make that first nap a priority. If you have errands to run, run them in the afternoon, if possible. Schedule appointments for the afternoon, if you can.
  2. Most babies don’t transition to one nap at 12 months; most transition to one nap between 15-18 months. There seems to be a prevailing opinion out there that at the one year mark, babies should suddenly transition from two naps to one. And some will, with no problem. But we’re here to tell you that making the 2-to-1 nap transition at 12 months isn’t the norm for most babies. In fact, most babies aren’t ready to move to one nap a day until 15-18 months. While it’s possible that your baby will be ready to make the transition at 12 months, we usually urge families to wait until closer to the 15-18 month window before making this shift.
  3. Most 6 month old babies aren’t ready for just 2 naps per day; most still need 3 (or even 4). Just as there’s a misconception that all 12 month old babies are ready to transition to one nap per day, there’s also a misconception that 6 month old babies are ready to transition to just 2 naps each day. We think this misconception is at least party due to a recommendation that Weissbluth makes in his book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. In the book, Weissbluth states that only 16% of babies need a third nap after 5 months. Keep in mind this statistic came from a study of a limited number of children.

    We are not discounting Weissbluth’s studies, but we do take it with a grain of salt, since all babies vary in their ability (particularly mood-wise) to stay awake for long periods of time. In our extensive work with families, we’ve found that far more than 16% of babies appear to need 3 naps at 6, 7, even 8 months of age. Therefore, we usually tell parents not to rush into a 2 nap schedule with their 6 month old babies. Doing that increases the chances that their 6 month olds will become overtired, which will in turn affect their night sleep. We’ve found it’s better to stick to a 3 nap schedule (or even a 4 nap schedule) and then gradually transition to a 2 nap schedule around 8 months.

  4. Your child’s nap needs will change greatly between birth and 18 months. Greatly. This just makes sense if you think about it — newborns nap pretty much constantly during the day, while an 18 month old needs just 1 nap. That’s a lot of change during a relatively short period of time!

    So, how many naps does your baby or toddler need in the first 18 months of life? You can read this article for detailed information, but here’s the short version:

    *1-3 MONTHS – 4-5 naps per day, depending on how long his naps are and how long he can stay up between naps.

    *3-4 MONTHS – 4 naps.

    *5-8 MONTHS – probably 3 naps (though some will need 4 until after 7 months). A few babies will only have 2 naps at a very young age, but those naps are usually long.

    *9-15 MONTHS – 2 naps. Some babies will transition to 1 nap at 12 months, but that’s not common.

    *15-18 MONTHS – 1-2 naps. The transition from 2 naps to 1 usually happens in this window of time.

    *18 MONTHS-4 YEARS – 1 nap. The age to transition away from all napping varies a lot, from 2 to 5+ years old, but the average age is between 3 and 4 years old.

  5. Nicole’s Note:
    “But, of course, my son was very NON-textbook. He had 4 naps until 7 months old, because he simply could not stay awake longer than 1 hour 15 to 30 minutes without turning into Senor Cranky Pants! It was simply NOT fun to even try. So, I rolled with it and he stayed home all day pretty much until he seemed to change overnight, taking 3 naps at 7 1/2 months old. He then dropped to two naps a short month later at 8 1/2 months. It happened so fast! He also transitioned to one nap early and away from napping early. I would never have guessed that based on our first 7 months. So, if your baby is struggling with staying awake for long periods, he’s not alone and it could change fast for you, too! :)”

  6. If your baby or toddler sleeps well at night, that doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll nap well during the day. Remember, nap sleep is different than night sleep. Naps happen during daylight hours, when the sun’s up and when it tends to be noisy and busy. External factors like that can make it hard for a baby or toddler to nap well. And many families struggle with keeping a consistent daily nap routine in place — because life tends to get in the way! That, too, can make it hard for a baby or toddler to nap consistently. Contrast that with nights — it’s dark, it’s (usually) quiet, and everyone is (usually) at home. That at least partly explains why many babies and toddlers who sleep just fine at night struggle with their naps.

And for more nap tips and tricks, check out the other post in this series, “5 MORE Things You Need to Know About Baby and Toddler Naps”.

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Which of these 5 things are you currently working through in your house? Any nap-related info you’d like to contribute to our “cheat sheet”? Add your voice to the conversation by commenting below!


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Comments

  1. Karrie says

    Great information. I also found that naps and night time sleep could suddenly go from short to long and long to short depending on growth spurts and my child’s development (i.e. getting in new teeth a painful or itchy process for some little ones, learning a new thing like walking or running or talking in sentences or potty going #1)! When they are growing in a quick spurt sometimes they can be extra sleepy -and in our family case, the opposite happens when they just learned a new “trick” suddenly they are up all night or will wake up at 12am or 3am and have a burst of energy! Yes, I just roll with it, but it’s definitely something a parent has no advance warning that it will happen…you just have to keep it mind, it might.

  2. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Karrie — all good points! Yes, I think it’s good to remember that our little ones are growing at fantastic rates, and that all that growing inevitably means sudden, out-of-the-blue changes to their normal sleep patterns. My oldest is 6, and I find that his sleep patterns are still thrown off by growth spurts! (Although things have certainly evened out over the years; thank goodness!!)

    Thanks for making these points, Karrie, and for adding to the conversation! :)

  3. Erin says

    My 9 month old didn’t transition to 2 naps until close to being 9 months old and her first nap is the longest (1.5 to 2 hours). The second one is more like an hour. She goes to sleep on her own for her naps and does well but for some reason before bed she needs our help. We let her try to fall asleep by herself but then she cries. We wait 5 minutes to see if she’ll go down and when she doesn’t we go in and leave her in the crib and hold her down. She will usually settle within 5 min and then drift off the rest of the way on her own. Not sure why going to bed at night for her is so much harder than during the day…

    My 3 year old didn’t transition to 3 naps till about 7 months old and then to 2 naps after 9 months and she still takes a 2 to 3 hour nap and sleeps 11 hours at night. Shes my sleeper! Took us a long time to get her on a schedule and going to bed by herself in her bed alone, but shes a great sleeper now! The hard work pays off!

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Erin — thanks for sharing these details! Many of our readers love to know what other moms and dads are doing, and what’s worked well for them. So the info you’ve provided here will no doubt be very helpful to those parents who are looking for nap info!

    Thanks for commenting, Erin! :)

  5. Marcia says

    With my oldest, we struggled with all of these things and are now struggling with whether she is ready to go to no naps. With my youngest, we just got past struggling with going down to 2 naps. I also struggled A LOT with his naps when he was younger (he is now 8 months old) because he couldn’t nap for more than 45 minutes at a time until he turned about 6.5 months old, therefore, he was only able to stay awake for about 1.5 hours at a time. This was hard for me to accept because it seemed that everything I read or was told stated that he should be able to nap for 1.5 at a time from 4 months on. Right. The lesson I learned (the hard way) was that sometimes there is nothing you as a parent can do to shape your child’s naps. Sometimes it just takes time.

  6. Amanda Logan says

    My baby is 7 mos, and used to take two naps (2 hrs in morning and 1-2 hrs in afternoon), recently started sleeping from 7:30 for 11 1/2 hours at night (stopped waking up in the middle of the night as he was doing once per night). However, since he stopped waking up at night it’s been hard to get him down for 2 naps! Even one nap has been a struggle this week. I don’t know if it’s because of all his new tricks (rolling and scooting around), but his eyes usually pop open right when I lay him down, and then he wants to play in his crib! I finally got him down for an afteroon nap today, but he just laid in his crib for an hour this morning during his morning nap! I’m praying it’s just a phase! The one nap thing has been going on for a couple weeks. Is it possible for a 7 mo old to drop to one nap? Sometimes he’ll take a nap in the morning, and sometimes he’ll stay awake and he’ll fall asleep for the afternoon nap instead. But usually it’s one or the other and he lays in his crib and rolls around and plays instead of taking the other nap!

  7. Lisa says

    This article is great! My (almost) 5 month old takes 4-5 naps 30-45 minute naps a day. Sigh. He is not a good self soother yet and will sleep much longer if held. I couldn’t believe that Weissbluth says 2 naps at his age! There is no way! It’s good to know that the first nap is most important. I have been working on getting his last nap to be longer, but it appears I should work on his first. Thank you!

  8. Elena says

    Thanks for this article! I’ve saved it to the bookmarks. Most of those things were different with my son – he have transitioned to 1 nap per day around 3 (!!!) months old and at some point he could even stay awake all day driving me crazy, so I was happy at least with one sleep. Now he’s 21 months and having one ‘normal’ for his age nap per day. I’m expecting his brother soon so its nice to refresh in my memory how it has to be :)

  9. khatija says

    Hi There,

    i love the comments. my son is now 9 months too and has about 2-3 naps but my problem is that he wakes up in the night. The moment i pick him up, he sleeps on me and i put him down again and then he is fine. i have no idea why he wakes up. on good nights he wakes up once otherwise he wakes twice or somtimes trice. Hopefully with time itl get better where he doesnt wake at all.

  10. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Marcia: “The lesson I learned (the hard way) was that sometimes there is nothing you as a parent can do to shape your child’s naps. Sometimes it just takes time.” Excellent reminder! Thanks for making this point. :)

    @ Amanda Logan — 7 months is really, really early for just one nap. Some 7 month olds are still transitioning from 3 naps to 2! So I’d suggest treating this as a regression and not as a permanent change. I’m guessing that one nap probably won’t be enough (long-term) to keep your baby well-rested.

    Do keep us posted on how it goes, though! And thanks for commenting, Amanda. :)

    @ Lisa — glad you found this one helpful! Naps are tricky, I think, mainly because they change so much in the first year of life! Just when you’re adjusted to one schedule, things change, and you have to re-adjust. No fun.

    Keep an eye out for another nap article in early June, in which I’ll be outlining 5 more “nap facts.” There’ll be some useful tidbits in that one, too! Thanks for commenting, Lisa, and for your positive feedback about the article! :)

  11. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Elena — congrats on your pregnancy! And yes, I totally get the need for a “refresher” in how things are going to be once your second is born. I remember having total amnesia with the birth of my second and third; I found I couldn’t remember much of anything about sleep schedules!

    Glad this was a timely and helpful article for you, Elena. Thanks for commenting!

    @ kahtja — sounds like a little regression to me. There’s one that happens around 7/8/9 months and tends to be linked to all the increased mobility that babies are starting to get around this age (sitting, pulling up to standing, crawling, etc.) And teeth — can’t forget about teeth! I’ll bet that this will resolve itself with some time. Hopefully, it doesn’t take too long!

    Thanks for commenting, Kahtja! :)

  12. says

    I think you just have to follow your child’s lead. My son transitioned himself to one nap around 11 months and I would love to have him still taking two naps, but he would just not have it haha.

  13. Karina Roman says

    My baby just turned one but from about 11 months on started fighting her afternoon nap (she could sleep forever in the morning). So I shortened her morning nap and that seemed to work. But a month later now she’s taking forever to fall asleep again in the afternoon…sometimes 45 minutes or more, so I’m wondering whether to shorten morning nap or just give it up all together? It’s already down to 40 minutes. If we gave it up altogether, I would, of course move her afternoon nap earlier. But don’t know whether just to try a 20 minute catnap in the morning to see if that would work. Anyone else gone through this?

  14. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Karina Roman — I’d say that, since your little girl is one now, cutting down to one nap is probably fine (provided that’s what she seems to be signaling to you that she’s ready for.) Worst case scenario, the transition is terrible and you go back to two naps. No harm done there. :) I’d suggest trying one big afternoon nap for a few days and seeing how it goes; then, make your decision about whether it should be a permanent change or not.

    Best of luck to you, Karina! Thanks for commenting. :)

  15. Karina Roman says

    Thanks for the feedback!!!!!! Love this site, by the way. The articles have been super helpful.

  16. Cassie says

    What r the signs of dropping the last nap, other than the obvious nap refusal?
    My 3yo ( just turned 3 in April) is only sleeping around 9 hours at night and around 2 hours for nap. Nap is 7 hours after morning wake up. She also has been having night wakings where she has odd requests which she never had before.

  17. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Karina Roman — so glad to hear the site has been helpful to you, Karina!

    @ Cassie — for both of my boys, the dropping of the last nap took awhile. They started by simply not sleeping when I put them down for their afternoon nap; they’d do that for a few days in a row, and then nap, and then refuse to nap for a few days in a row, and then nap, etc. Slowly, the days they didn’t nap began to outnumber the days they did nap, until we got to the point where it was the norm for them to have a rest time in the afternoon (instead of a real nap) and rare for them to actually sleep.

    I’d suggest continuing to put your 3 year old down for naptime, in her bed, but consider giving her some toys and books. That way, if she needs to sleep, she can, but if she refuses to nap, you can encourage her to stay in bed and play quietly for a bit, and have a rest time. We’re releasing another napping article in a week or two, in which I’ll explain the idea of rest time in more detail; stay tuned for that!

    Thanks for commenting, Cassie, and keep us posted on what happens with your daughter!

  18. Kate says

    First off, I love this site. It offers such great, REALISTIC information. If only my baby could read it!

    My 4.5 month old is a great night sleeper and a “struggling” napper, just like you wrote about in the article. We have been working on naps for a few weeks now (cry it out for a max of 20 minutes) with pretty variable success. I think he’s wavering between 3 and 4 naps, but I really “need” him to start napping regularly (I’m a nanny and he comes to work with me and summer is starting and the schedule is crazy! Napping on the run doesn’t work so well for him.)

    Time to get to the point: Is it normal for his daytime sleep to be so erratic?

    He usually naps 35-45 minutes, but sometimes naps 60-90 minutes. He almost always wakes up crying (not well-rested?) but stops as soon as I pick him up (does he just want to play?). He used to get cranky after being awake for 1.5 hours, but now he seems to be able to stay up for 2+ hours (which most people seem to think is too long). The kicker for me is that sleepy cues don’t seem to work: oftentimes, when I put him down after a few yawns and eye-rubs, he won’t sleep. But putting him down earlier doesn’t always work either. And other times, he’ll be up for three hours (skipping a nap) with no sleepy signs whatsoever! (For what it’s worth, he doesn’t seem to give very clear hungry signals either–or maybe I just can’t read him.)

    So if it’s not normal, what can I do? And even if it IS normal, what can I do? (I’ve read Mastering Naps and Schedules, but I just keep experiencing the “Oh, you thought you had me figured out, Mom? Well, now I’ll change everything!” phenomenon.)

    Thanks! I’ll definitely read your next article, too :)

  19. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Kate — so glad you find the site’s info useful! Positive feedback like that is encouraging to our whole team.

    Regarding your baby’s naps: erratic naps at this age are very, very normal. Remember, your baby’s still quite young, at 4.5 months. It’s completely normal for young infants to have erratic schedules; many babies don’t sort out a good daytime schedule until they’re a bit older (maybe 6 or 7 months). So really, I think what you’re experiencing is more about age than it is about napping habits.

    In terms of what to do about this, I’d suggest continuing to try and follow a general schedule during the day, but don’t stress yourself out if things go well one day but not the next. Wait another month or so before trying to really push the daytime schedule. Make sense?

    Thanks for commenting, Kate! And keep us posted on how it’s going with your little one. :)

  20. Kate says

    Emily, thanks for the feedback. I feel like I knew deep down that it was normal, but it’s so hard to read material put forth by other sleep “experts” and see it not match up at all with my baby and our experiences.

    I think what we’ll do is work hard on the first nap of the day being regular (not only is it the most important, it also happens to be the busiest time of day for the three girls that I watch as a nanny!) and continue to let the other 2-3 naps fall where they may for now.

    If you have time, could you address a follow-up question? I know that Nicole generally recommends keeping as many naps as possible for as long as possible, but I’m not sure if that applies to lots of short naps like my son tends to take. I think my plan is to continue offering the fourth nap (unless he wakes from his last nap after 5pm) until he skips it regularly. Is that a plan that you would recommend?

    Also, for anyone out there reading this, I have compassion for you. Remember that you’re doing your child a great service by helping him or her get the sleep that he or she needs!

  21. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Kate — I think your plan sounds good. Just remember to keep any schedule really, really flexible for at least the next month or so, and you should be fine. :)

    Also, it might be helpful for you to think about your son’s sleep in terms of overall amounts, instead of the length of each nap. Some babies break up their daily allotment of sleep into lots of little naps and shorter nighttime sleeping; other babies tend to be more “efficient” and take longer naps and/or sleep longer at night, so those more efficient babies don’t need as many naps during the day. At 4.5 months, your son needs 13-15 total hours of sleep during the day, and 2-4 of those hours will probably be naps.

    Hope this helps, Kate! And thanks for your words of encouragement for other parents; for many of our readers, encouragement like that is really, really helpful!

  22. Melissa says

    My son has is 13 months, naps twice a day for an hour to hour and a half each. Only thing is I have always laid with him for naps. At night he sleeps in his crib but I am not sure how to make this transition at his age for napping.

  23. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Melissa — you could do it gradually, by slowly spending less and less time lying with him at nap time, until you’ve finally weaned him off of needing you around. This kind of “fading” approach tends to be gentler and kinder than “cold-turkey” methods. Of course, it also takes more time on your part. But if you’re concerned about how your son will react to this change, then fading may be a good idea.

    Hope this helps, Melissa! And thanks for commenting.

  24. KBevis says

    My 2yo has struggled with naps and bedtime since about 9 months old! He started out singing and shaking his crib and has graduated to asking for water and complaining of hurt toes/hands/eyes/ears/knees… and having to use the bathroom (we are potty training so it is hard not to rush him to the bathroom when the urge arises). I have tried waking him up earlier and putting him down for a nap earlier, putting him down later- he still will cry and fuss for at least an hour. I have tried “quiet time”, staying in the room with him, rocking, stories, songs…it feels like I have tried everything. When he does settle down for a nap (always after a fight and at least an hour) he has to be woken up and is very groggy. We have a new baby now (4mo old) She has displayed normal sleep patterns, I would like to keep her on track, but desperately need help with my toddler. We are going to try transitioning to a toddler bed and see how that goes but I think a personalized sleep plan through the sleep site, might be our next step. Any ideas on what has been helpful for you?

  25. Emily DeJeu says

    @ KBevis — I’m so sorry your toddler’s sleep has proven difficult lately! With a new baby in the house, things can’t be easy for you right now.

    A personalized sleep plan may be just what you need (especially if you feel like you’re too overwhelmed to try and tackle this on your own. And with a 4 month old to care for, it’s perfectly understandable that you’d be feeling that way!) You can see a listing of all our personalized consultation packages here: http://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/ The Deluxe e-mail package tends to be our most popular.

    I don’t know enough about your particular situation to offer detailed, in-depth observations, but I will say that having been through the toddler phase twice (and I’m about to enter it again — my daughter will be 2 in a few weeks), this sounds like such typical 2 year old behavior to me. That’s what makes the 2 year sleep regression tough; it’s as much about your toddler’s growing sense of independence and strong will as it is about actual developmental milestones and changing sleep patterns. Not easy to deal with!

    Best of luck to you! I hope a personalized sleep plan proves just the thing you need to help you navigate this stage. Do keep us posted on what happens! And thanks for commenting. :)

  26. Jordan says

    We have a 9month old, our first, and we’ve been struggling with sleep. We resorted to co-sleeping just to get some sleep in the beginning and it kind of stuck. Now that she’s so mobile, it was making both night time sleep and nap sleep a nightmare. We recently started transitioning her to a pack and play in our room, but I’m having a hard time getting her down! Once she falls asleep at night (usually takes close to an hour after the bedtime routine) then things are fine and she is sleeping better than before. Naps however, are another issue. Again, taking her close to an hour to settle before she finally falls asleep. Today I tried putting her down earlier, after only 1.5 hours of being awake, and still not any better. I know it’s only been a few days, but needing some advice/encouragement from other mamas who’ve been here :/

  27. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Jordan — First, you should know that what you’re experiencing is totally normal. TOTALLY normal. Weaning an older baby from co-sleeping can be rough. So even though this is (understandably) frustrating, rest assured that you haven’t done, and aren’t doing, anything “wrong”.

    In terms of how to make this transition — what is your approach now? Knowing that would probably help some of us offer tips/insights.

  28. Jordan says

    @Emily: thanks for your response! We’re doing better! We were doing a no-cry/intermittent reassurance method at first, but after a few days we realized that us going back in was only upsetting g her more. The last 48 hours we’ve gone to regular CIO and she’s doing much better. Taking 10-30 minutes to settle and she’s now getting 2 1-1.5 hour naps and last night she slept for 9 hours straight without waking!

    Her bedtime is still later than I’d like, we’ve gone from 10pm to 8:45, but I would like to get it moved up to around 7-7:30. We’re keeping her pack and play in our room and that’s where she’s sleeping with a white noise machine in the room too.

  29. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Jordan — so, so glad to hear that things are going more smoothly now! Yay!! I’ve had similar experiences with sleep training all three of my kids; I always wanted to do gentler, no-cry methods (for my own sake), but then I quickly figured out that all my checking and consoling was only making it worse for my kids. They’d get all riled up every time they saw me.

    In terms of moving bedtime earlier — have you tried an earlier bedtime, and she’s just not having it? Or is this something you’re gradually working on?

  30. Trish says

    My baby is now 22 months she has just one nap during the day which last for about 2 and a half hours she will go to bed at night around 08:30 in my husband and my bed and then we move her to her crib only to wake up at about 01:30 for a bottle and will not go ack to sleep in her crib so we co sleep. Please help on how to get her to sleep through the night in her crib. What am i doing wrong.

  31. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Trish — it doesn’t sound like you’re doing anything ‘wrong’ here at all, so don’t worry about that. :) Tell me — has your daughter been falling asleep in your bed for awhile now? Is co-sleeping something you’ve been doing for awhile?

    If so, then that’s the root of your issue. Your daughter has gotten into the habit of co-sleeping with you; the key to helping her sleep through the night on her own is to wean her away from the co-sleeping. There are a variety of sleep training techniques you can use to do this. I’d recommend checking out our free guide on toddler sleep (http://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-training-secrets-free-ebook/). That’ll give you some tips on getting started with weaning away from co-sleeping.

    If you decide you want more support and customized help in getting your daughter to sleep through the night on her own, you can always purchase one of our sleep consultation packages (https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/).

    Hope this helps, Trish!! Thanks for commenting. And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.