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  1. Erin says:

    My baby is 5 months old and has been sleeping the same since 2 months. I put her down at 6pm and she sleeps till 9am the next morning. Should I be concerned? That’s 15 hours straight of sleep….she is a healthy girl who is 1 pound above average.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Erin – Thanks for writing to us! There is a wide range of sleep needs, and you may have a baby who needs more sleep than others! If you are concerned at all, please do check in with your pediatrician! They will have the best info for your baby since they’ll be able to do a full history/exam and look at her growth and development as well! Good luck Erin!

  2. Meg says:

    My baby started taking great naps a few weeks ago, and her night sleep was getting better too, but for the last week she’s been waking up 6 minutes more times per night! Is it possible that she’s getting too much night sleep and I should cap her naps? She takes 1.75 hour nap in the morning, then a 1.75 hour nap in the afternoon, then a 30-45 minute nap. She’s 5.5 months old. Should I maybe wake her up earlier from her second nap? Or her first nap? What do you think? Thank you!!

    • Meg says:

      Sorry I meant to say she’s waking up 6 or more times per night now.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Meg,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with nights all of the sudden! If you’ve ruled out a health issue, like an ear infection, that you may be dealing with a scheduling issue. It looks like the amount your baby is sleeping is within the range for her age, but if her last nap is ending too close or too far away from bedtime, that could be causing more night waking. We have a sample 5 month schedule here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/5-month-old-baby-schedule/
      And a sample 6 month schedule here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/6-month-old-baby-schedule/
      You can also email our client services team with a brief overview of your current schedule, and we’d be happy to help further: contact@babysleepsite.com
      Good luck with everything!

  3. Vikki says:

    Hi I have a 10 week old that sleeps 8 hours at night straight and also has at least one 6 hour nap straight as well as a few hours here and there he has no problems gaining weight. Is this normal?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Vikki –
      Thank you for writing to us! It sounds like you have a great sleeper in your 10 week old! There is such a wide range of sleep needs, and at this age we see an average of 14-16 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period, and naps are typically 3-4 times a day. 6 hours is definitely a long nap, but perhaps he sleeps this long as an extension of his night sleep? If your baby is growing and developing well, and has plenty of time for play, he may just be higher on the sleep needs end of the spectrum! You can always ask your pediatrician too! This article and sample schedules should help too:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/newborns/newborn-sleep-schedules-by-week/#10week
      Good luck Vikki and thanks again for writing!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I have a 5 weeks old baby and she sometimes stays awake for long tome during the day and sometimes catches up on her nap. Usually she naps for 2 hours – should I wake her up if she naps for more than 3 hours? Should there be a limit?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Jennifer – Thanks for writing, and congratulations on your new arrival!! 3 hours is a very long naps, and you’re right, she may be skipping other naps because of the long nap. Have you checked out our suggested schedules for 5 week olds? This may help you adjust your baby’s schedule a bit. Here is a link:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/newborns/newborn-sleep-schedules-by-week/#5week
      I hope this helps! Good luck Jennifer and thanks for your comment!

  5. Sandi says:

    My grand daughter sleeps very less during the day takes short naps but sleeps during the night well how can we get her to sleep longer during the day

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Sandi – Thanks for writing. I’m sorry that you’re struggling with your grandbaby’s naps! You’re not alone! This article would be a great place to start for information about lengthening those short naps:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/25-baby-toddler-nap-time-tips/
      Hope this is helpful and she’s sleeping well in the daytime very soon! Feel free to contact us if you would like more help at any time!

  6. Shallu says:

    Hi I am shallu
    My baby is one year 4 months .
    She goes to sleep at 6 in the evening at times and wakes up at 7 next day.
    I try to wake her up for dinner. But she does not.
    Should I keep her on milk for the night or wake her up for dinner

    • Neosha says:

      @Shallu – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us! Who would have thought you’d worry about your little girl sleeping too much!? 😉 We generally look at a child’s whole development when determining if she should be awakened to eat – please reach out to her healthcare provider to find out if she is healthy enough and getting enough nutrition otherwise throughout the day to skip “formal” dinner each night. This would be the first step we’d suggest before taking any other action. Hang in there, and please keep reading and sharing!

  7. Ayahna says:

    My daughter is nearly 3 months old, she sleeps very well throughout the night. My question is, if she hasn’t eaten in 10 hours or more, should I wake her to feed? She doesn’t have a weight gain problem.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Ayahna,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! In general, if a baby this age is healthy, gaining weight appropriately, and eating enough during the day, you should not need to wake her at night to eat. But, we do recommend checking in with a pediatrician, as it is relatively rare at this age (though not totally unheard of!). You can check out our 3 month-old baby feeding and sleep schedule to get more information on the most common sleep habits at this age, and also information on nutritional/feeding needs: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/3-month-old-baby-sleep-and-feeding-schedule/
      I hope this helps!

  8. Whitney C. says:

    I have a 9 month old who started daycare about 3 weeks ago. Before daycare, she would take 2 regular naps (10-11am and 1:30-3:00) and sleep through the night (9pm-8am) like clockwork. We absolutely love our daycare and they totally pick up on her sleep cues and easily get her to sleep by rocking and comforting her. Both the caretakers say that she falls asleep easily for them. However, she is unable to sleep once she is transferred to a crib. She immediately wakes up and appears panicked. I know this because I myself have tried to put her down for a nap at daycare with the same result. So, she now takes one “cat nap” for 30 minutes in the caretakers arms about once a day. When she comes home, she isn’t interested in playing and immediately wants to nap. She either (1) takes a 2 hour nap, wakes for an hour, then goes to bed (still sleeping through the night but going to bed a little later: 10pm-8am) or (2) goes to bed at 6pm and stays asleep until 8am. I miss playing with my little girl in the evenings because all she wants to do is sleep.

    I’m concerned that this shift in sleep schedule is a problem for her developmentally (and I miss her). I want her to be able to nap at daycare, but am struggling with how to help at home prepare her for naps at daycare.

    A little more background information might be necessary. Our daughter had severe sleep apnea when she was younger and she still sleeps with a pulse oximeter that watches her blood oxygen and heart rate at home. She really doesn’t need this anymore but we have allowed her to sleep with blankets and pacifiers at home since she is monitored and her alarm would go off if something went wrong. However, we now are afraid to let her sleep with a blanket without the monitor. At daycare, blankets are not allowed but pacifiers are. I’m thinking this is what the problem is.

    How do we “ween” our little girl off of needing a blanket to sleep with? How do we make her more comfortable sleeping at daycare? Should we try to exactly mimic the crib situation there?

    • Neosha says:

      @Whitney – Thank you for sharing with us. We’re so sorry to hear that you’ve lost quality time with your precious baby girl due to her sleepiness after day care. Daycare vs home sleep can be quite a juggle but it is great to hear that your daycare provider is so willing to work with you all. It’s often difficult at first for babies to adjust to a new nap schedule and environment and can take several weeks to adjust. Mimicking the daycare napping environment could help or it could produce similar results as to those at daycare. Due to the numerous considerations with your situation, I’d suggest you consider working one-on-one with one of our sleep consultants who will be able to help you and your daycare provider find a way to help your daughter get more daytime sleep. We regularly walk parents through day care sleep adjustments and would welcome the opportunity to help your family as well. Hang in there, Whitney. We look forward to helping you through this.

  9. Carol says:

    Hi! My 7 week old can take up to 3 hour naps or longer during the day and eats about every 4 hours. How long should I limit my baby’s nap during the day? Should I be waking the baby at the same time each day? I’m new to formula feeding this baby also, so trying to figure out right amount of ounces and all. My first son naturally fell into a schedule by this time, so I’m looking for some advice to lead my daughter there. Thank you!

    • Neosha says:

      @Carol – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. 7 week olds can definitely sleep for long periods of time during the day (and night). As long as your little girl is growing and developing well overall per her healthcare provider and getting enough sleep overall, we generally don’t find that you have to wake a baby her age. It may be a little hard, with her sleep patterns, to develop a fixed schedule, too. Check out our sample baby schedule for a baby her age to help you as you develop one that works for your family: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/newborn-sleep-feeding-schedule/ Don’t hesitate to reach out to her healthcare provider regarding the amounts of food she should be eating as well as we want to make sure she’s getting enough. Hope this helps, Carol – hang in there!

  10. I have a 7 week old. She hasn’t been going down to sleep until after 230-3 am then wakes around 9 to eat, then back to sleep until 12 or 1. Ultimately I need her on a normal sleep schedule. She seems to do fine and go down early(9-10) when daddy’s around and we’re out all day. But the days when I have her with me (during the week, bc daddy works graveyard during the week and isn’t home at night) I’ve been having it rough! Is it too early to wake her up after 2 hour naps? Does she need to play more games while awake to get tired? What if anything can I do to get my little girl to sleep for mama?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Cherie – Thanks for writing and congrats on your new baby! Your little one is likely too young to be on a super strict sleep schedule, but there is much you can do to help regulate sleep and get some fixed sleep times in her schedule! This article and the newborn sleep schedule samples within should really help:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/newborn-sleep-feeding-schedule/
      use these as a guide, and gently adjust her sleep times to achieve a bedtime that works better for you! Interacting/stimulating/playing with her while she is awake is a great thing to do, for both her and for you!
      Good luck Cherie and please contact us if you need anything!

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