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  1. Joyce says

    My 6 mo old is all of a sudden fighting his first nap of the day. He sleeps through the night (at least I think he does cause he doesn’t wake us up from 7:30 pm – 6/7 am) and usually his morning naps would be anywhere from an hour to 2.5. I don’t think he’s ready to drop it because when he does go down, he naps for a long while, it’s just getting him there that’s been so difficult lately. He does have two teeth coming in but they’re halfway along so I don’t think they’re the reason? Any idea? Thank you!

    • Danielle says

      Hi Joyce,
      Thank you so much for your comment on The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling with your baby’s naps. This is a time of a lot of transition, so it may be temporary. You can also review our sample 6 month-old schedules, in case he may just need a schedule adjustment:
      If you continue to have trouble once those teeth are in, this is definitely something one of our sleep consultants can review for you! I hope this helps, and please hang in there!

  2. Tiffany says

    I have a 3 month old who sleeps from 7pm – 6am/7am. She goes down at night on her own or with a dummy. Come Day time her naps are all 30 minute cat naps, she just won’t do any longer unless I pick her up and cuddle her. She has the same bed time routine except the end of day bottle for her naps to her bedtime routine. She has a wake window of 1-1.5hrs dependant on her tiredness. She’s well fed, I know this cause she’s on formula so I know she’s getting plenty of food.
    What else could I do to help this change or is this just what she does because she’s getting so much sleep at night? If so when will this change ?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Tiffany –
      Thank you for writing, and I would be happy to give you some resources to help with your daughter’s sleep. 🙂 I hope that it will help.
      Short naps are common at this age! This article may help:
      Short naps often lengthen at around 6 months, so if they remain short after another 2-3 months, you may want to consider working on lengthening them at that time. For some really helpful info that will grown with your baby, please consider our VIP Member’s Area.
      Our Members Area gives you access to all of our ebooks as well as all teleseminar recordings, case studies, and do-it-yourself tutorials, including a workbook to create your own sleep plan. My favorite feature is the access to a “members only” live “chat” where an expert sleep consultant will answer your specific questions!
      You can read more about the VIP Member’s Area here:
      Good luck Tiffany!

  3. Abigail says

    I have a five month old who used to nap for about a half hour in his cot, now he will only nap in my arms, as soon as I put him down in the cot he’s awake. I try and keep the morning nap around the same time each day but it does depend on when he wakes up, which can then knock the afternoon nap out, plus if am going for to be out I will be out in the afternoon. He will go down into his cot at night after a feed and a cuddle and sleeps really well generally overnight. What can I do to get nap time in his cot.

    • Neosha says

      @Abigail – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us! How frustrating it must be for this change in behavior to happen! When babies won’t nap in their designated sleeping spaces, it often does take a dedicated effort on our parts to get them sleeping where we’d like them sleeping. We give a few tips on how to achieve that here, if you’d like to read over them: Let us know if we can be of any further help. Hang in there, Abigail!

  4. Laura says

    Hi there. My baby boy is 2.5 months and we’re having major issues with nap time. He’ll be extremely sleepy and he’ll be rubbing his eyes and just won’t sleep when I put him down even when he falls asleep in my arms

    • Danielle says

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your baby’s naps. At 2-3 months-old, most babies do still need some help from an adult to fall asleep, and many still have very short naps. We have an article on 2 month-old sleep here that I hope will help you:
      Best of luck!

  5. Mackenzie says

    Hi!! My name is Mackenzie. My daughter is 13 months. She just started transitioning to 1 nap instead of 2 and for some reason since the transition last week, she will only sleep if she is being held or nurses. Especially with me, it’s extremely difficult to get her down. She will fall asleep in our arms but as soon as I set her down she wakes up and screams with her arms up for me to hold her. With everyone else she will stay asleep.
    Some people are telling me to wean her off breastfeeding. I was hoping to get some advice.
    Thank you.l!!

    • Neosha says

      @Mackenzie – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. The transition to one nap can be pretty long and exhausting, for sure – we feel your pain! It’s very common for babies to sleep one way for mama and very differently for other caregivers. But we don’t have enough details to give you a firm suggestion as many things could be causing her to do this – associations, schedule, feedings, how she falls asleep, etc., but you can consider working directly with one of our sleep consultants to help you work through these details to zero in on the issue and create a schedule and plan that works for your family. You can read more about our lovely ladies here: and our services here: Hang in there, Mackenzie!

  6. Christine V. says

    Hi, I have a 7 month old (born 3 weeks early). She has always been a great nighttime sleeper. Since 3.5 months old, she slept through the night (9 hours) without any coaching – I would breastfeed her to sleep. For naps, we would rock her to sleep, or give her my pinky finger to suck on (in lieu of a pacifier), but would only sleep for 30 minutes on the dot, sometimes crying, sometimes just staring into space! I set my clock to it!

    At 6 months, she discovered her thumb after we un-swaddled her, and used it well during some timed CIO and has been able to self-soothe since (as long as she is calm. I sometimes have to calm her by shushing her in her crib or if that fails, scooping her up and snuggling for a few minutes, and then she’s able to be laid back down and go to sleep while sucking her thumb.).

    Shortly after sleep coaching, she started extending her morning naps to 1 hour. However, her next 2 naps were 20 minutes on the dot! (Goodbye, 30!) She wakes up VERY energetic and rolling around, but not crying. I feel like she’s still tired. And she refuses to take her 4th/last nap. So by the time bedtime comes, she’s exhausted. Because of this I’ve resorted to starting her bedtime routine at 6pm (bath, changing, breastfeeding + 2.0oz formula (takes 30 mins), cuddles/rocking, in crib by 6:50pm – asleep by 7:00/7:10pm). She wakes around 5:30am for roughly an hour, again VERY energetic, rolling around, but not crying. She’ll then finally start sucking her thumb after about 30 minutes, and fall asleep another 10-30 minutes later, then will sleep the last hour til I wake her at 7am.

    So, (sorry for the long narrative leading up to my question), although she knows how to self-soothe, why is she taking short naps? How can I extend her naps without creating a sleep association by rocking, etc.? (She will sometimes take a longer nap (either the 1st or 2nd) if she was woke up at 5am and didn’t fall back asleep.) I feel like it’s affecting her night time and causing her to wake early. Thoughts?

    As an aside, my schedule is more of a routine – wake, breastfeed, activity, solids, short activity, take her into her room for naptime routine about 10-15 minutes before I want her to be asleep (or if she’s giving me major tired cues, I’ll take her in earlier), e.g. 8:45am routine, 9:00 she’s asleep.

    Thank you in advance for your insight! Also, I love your website and use it often for tips, tricks and advice. As well as refer you to my friends with new babies.

    Thanks, again!

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Christine V. Thank you for writing to us. I am sorry you have been experiencing short naps with your daughter! I went through a similar thing with both of my kids so I totally understand how you’re feeling! Here is a link to an article with some tips that may help determine what is causing them and how to help: If you still need more help, we have an ebook all about Naps & Schedules that you may be interested in. You can view the options on the ebook here:
      Thank you for using the Baby Sleep Site as a resource and sending us along to your new mom friends as well! We love to hear our site has been beneficial to you. 🙂 I hope you get longer naps soon!