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  1. Traci says

    Thanks Emily. I can’t handle much more of her being so grumpy all the time like this. I’m wondering if she might be going through her separation anxiety stage too. She won’t let anyone else hold her, even with me in the room, and she won’t sit on her own and play with her toys. She won’t even sit in her bouncer right next to me. The only time I can get -anything- done (cleaning, cooking, relaxation time, laundry, ANYTHING) is when she naps, and I can’t get her to nap hardly at all anymore.

  2. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Traci — yes, you could definitely try using the 7 month schedule at this point. Don’t let the numbers be too limiting to you; a baby who’s 7 months 2 weeks may respond better to the 8 month schedule than the 7 month one. So feel free to experiment a little bit! 🙂

  3. Traci says

    I put my child on the six month schedule and it worked for awhile, but she’s back to being unruly again and no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get her back on her schedule again. She just turned 7 months old today. Should I try the seven month old schedule instead and see if that works better? Or should I just keep trying with the schedule we’ve already had her on in the past? About at my wits end here…Thanks!

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Katelyn — thanks for sharing the specifics of your son’s “schedule” (or should I say routine?) 😉 These are bound to be helpful to other moms who find this article.

  5. Katelyn says

    I never “scheduled” naps for my son. When a baby he would nurse to sleep when tired and thus nap. He gradually stayed awake longer between naps and dropped naps on his own when needed. He dropped his second nap a week before his 1st birthday. At 22 months he still nurses down for his one nap. We follow a fairly consistent routine, but I hesitate to call it a schedule. We get up for the day around 7am. He naps 4-5 hours later for 1.5-2 hours. He goes to bed 6.5 – 8 hours after waking from his nap. He still wakes briefly a couple times a night (we co-sleep) and a quick nurse or cuddle puts him back to sleep easily.

    I’ve found that the biggest influence on my son’s naps is the length of night sleep he had the night before. My son only seems to need about 12-rarely 13 hours of sleep. If 11 of those are at night, the nap that day is shorter. If night sleep is only 9.5-10 hours, then he takes a longer nap. Only very occasionally do we get an odd out of routine day that this doesn’t hold true – those are usually traveling/visitors days where the environment is quite different.

  6. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Jenny — I can hear your frustration coming through, and I completely sympathize! When you have a young infant, it can feel like you’re trapped at home all the time, since the baby seems to always be sleeping! I remember that feeling well, especially with my first.

    The good news is that (most likely), your baby will start to fall into a napping rhythm of 3 naps, and then 2 naps, and then 1 nap. That happens for most babies (although not all, of course!)

    If you find yourself struggling to get her napping longer, or to get her into a “napping groove,” check out our free napping guide: You may find some tips and strategies in there that’ll help you. Of course, if that doesn’t offer all the help you need, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] for more options 🙂

  7. Jenny says

    My 4 month old sleeps well at night. During the day she only seems to be able to stay awake for about an hour before she gets cranky or starts yawning. She is also a catnapper sleeping about 30 mins (45 if I’m lucky) leading to 6 or more naps a day!!! She falls asleep right away so I know she really is tired. If she misses any of her naps she gets over tired and sometimes hysterical. I’ve tried to get her to sleep longer and even to have her stay up longer but she just seems to need all of these naps. I just feel like I’m stuck at home with her napping all day long.

  8. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Lindsey G. — You’re definitely not alone 🙂 Lots of moms make themselves crazy trying to figure out how to extend their babies’ naps! Have you checked out our free napping guide yet? That may have some tips/ideas that you haven’t tried yet. You can find it here:

    If that doesn’t provide the help you need, you could consider purchasing our napping e-book: “Mastering Naps and Schedules.” Check it out here:

    Hope these resources help, Lindsay! Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you need more guidance. Or, you can start a chat with one of our live chat operators; they’re available M-F from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

  9. Lindsey G. says

    My 7 month old used to take 4 naps that were only 30 minutes each. She seemed to be tired after 2 hours of being awake. A friend suggested I only give her 2 naps and it will help her sleep longer. I tried that for 5 days, but she was getting more and more tired because I would keep her up 3-4 hours between naps and she would still only sleep 30 minutes (which means she was only napping an hour a day). I am not sure how to lengthen her naps. She does sleep 11-12 hours a night without waking though, so that is wonderful!!! I just cannot get her to take good naps.

  10. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Traci — thanks for sharing your own version of the sample schedule! It’ll likely be helpful to some of our readers, to see another variation on the 6 month schedule.

    In terms of what to do when your daughter’s crying at night, but seems tired — you can certainly go in and console her when she seems upset. The goal would be to not pick her up, though, and rock/feed her to sleep. That, of course, would create some associations. You may want to start off with checking/consoling often, and then gradually extend the time between visits to her room.

    For your friend with the newborn, tell her to check out these two links:

    10 Tips to Help Your Newborn Sleep:

    Newborn Sleep Schedules and Patterns:

    Those are both great articles on newborn sleep, and they’re probably the closest thing we have to a newborn “schedule” 🙂