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  1. Alice says:

    Hi just a question in regards to this formula- my daughter is 19weeks and still has very erratic nap times some are 30min some (very rarely) are 1.5hrs, majority are however 40-45 mins.

    Using your formula does this mean that if she only has a 30min nap her awake time is only 30mins?? Or is her awake time 1hr and 15 mins with a max limit of 1hr 45. Sorry I’m just a little confused.

  2. Anna says:

    What do I do if my baby misses her last nap? She’s 5 months, and seems to have 2-hour wake windows most of the time. Occasionally she can’t fall asleep for her last nap, and then I don’t know what to do. I don’t want her to get extremely overtired so I usually end up putting her to sleep for the night very early (about an hour after the nap was supposed to happen but didn’t). But I’m not sure if I should be putting her to bed at 6 pm if most other nights she’s in bed between 7 and 8:30.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Anna,
      Thank you for your comment! Generally, if your baby is missing her last nap only occasionally, putting her to bed early on those nights is fine, as it will prevent overtiredness and maintain good sleep for her. If she’s missing her last nap often, though, then there might be scheduling problem, where the last nap is just too close to an earlier nap or to bedtime. We have a sample 5 month-old schedule here that you can compare with what you’re doing at home, to see if that might be the issue: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/5-month-old-baby-schedule/

      I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any questions!

      • Anna says:

        Hi! I checked your sample schedule – and also your 6 month schedule since she just turned 6 months today. I’m basically trying to do the exact thing with sleep that your schedule says, and it works for the first two naps – she falls asleep after being awake somewhere between 2 and 2:15. But today is the third day in a row where she’s fighting her third nap – for the past two days she wouldn’t take it at all. I ended up keeping her up for 4 hours which I hate to do, and putting her to bed at 6 instead of at 7. I’m not sure what’s going wrong at all.

      • Janelle Reid says:

        Hi @Anna, thank you for writing to us. I’ve struggled before with the catnap too so I know how frustrating that is! I found on days I knew my baby really needed the sleep but was resisting it that wearing him for that last nap, or going on a walk in the stroller could get us through, but I also agree with your idea to just bring bedtime earlier in the cases they resist all together and you know they’re exhausted. Here is a link to a free guide with tips on naps that may help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/free-baby-nap-guide/
        We also have an ebook all about Mastering Naps & Schedules that may help! Our sample schedules are amazing, but they may need to be tweaked slightly for your specific baby/life so this book is really helpful for that: https://www.babysleepsite.com/mastering-naps/
        I hope this helps!

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