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. Victoria says

    My son will be 6 months in 5 days and is still taking between 3-4 naps a day. His first wake window is 1.5 hours, but he only naps for about 30 minutes. Sometimes he wakes up happy and sometimes he wakes fussy. His wake windows after that are usually 1.5-1.75. I feel like his wake times need to be longer, but he acts so sleepy that I think he’ll be overtired if I try to extend his wake times. What should I do?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Victoria,
      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling with naps – you’re definitely not alone! This is a tough age. It’s really hard to know what’s going on here without asking a lot more questions, and maybe getting a sleep log. You may want to talk with a sleep consultant to make a plan to lengthen naps and wake time. Or, have you seen our free nap ebook? It might be able to help you troubleshoot:
      Best of luck!

  2. 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.

  3. 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:

      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:
        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:
        I hope this helps!