Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Katie says

    Hi! I have a 6 month old who follows a schedule very similar to this. However, the 4th nap is often hard to get her down for, even after 2 hours. We currently rock her to sleep, but I’m planning to do gentle sleep training soon, but when she skips this 4th nap it seems like she is an overtired wreck at night, and that doesn’t make for pretty sleep training. She’s highly sensitive and does not like being tired, but when I can time things right she goes down easily. Any suggestions? She has an older sibling (3 yo) so holding her that entire time or anything crazy like that isn’t feasible, especially as I’m already limited in what we can do because of baby’s frequent naps! She typically sleeps 7/7:30-7/7:30 with 1-2 wakings, 1 if she gets that 4th nap in and goes down easily at nights (with the 4th nap bedtime is closer to 7:30/8, closer to 7 without the nap).

    • Danielle says

      Hi Katie,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your baby refusing that 4th nap. It sounds like she may be going through the 4 to 3 nap transition, which is normal anywhere between 5-8 months-old. For a sensitive baby, any nap transition can be difficult and take a little while to work through. Many parents have success dropping the 4th nap and moving bedtime up earlier, until the baby gets used to the schedule and bedtime can move back to 7ish. I hope this helps – please hang in!