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. Brittany says

    How do you manage naps when you have other children to care for? For example, my 4 month old wants to nap about two hours after his morning feeding. This is the time that I have to take my children to preschool. He sometimes will fall asleep before us having to leave or will fall asleep in the car. The school is 20 min one way. During spring break, his naps were completely uninterrupted and it made such a difference especially getting him down for bedtime. He wasn’t fighting sleep. I hate that their pick ups and drop off for preschool is negatively impacting his sleep schedule. Any suggestions?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Brittany, thank you for writing to us. I’m going to be in your situation very soon as my oldest will be starting kindergarten and I’ll have a 2 month old at that point, to be honest – I am totally dreading it! It can definitely be tricky navigating through this and may take some trial and error. Here is a link to a sample schedule for a 4 month old and what an ideal day would typically look like:
      I’d suggest seeing if you can make some tweaks to that schedule for him to make it work better with the school drop off/pick up, and if it’s a possibility see if there are other parents in your older child’s class that would be open to carpooling a few days a week (no clue if that would be a possibility, but just throwing it out there!). If you need more specific help with this, our sleep consultants are very use to helping families create a schedule that can work and evolve with their changing family needs. If you’re interested in that, please visit our website here to find out more information: services/
      Feel free to let us know if you have any more questions. Hang in there!

  2. Aida says

    If a 3 yr old toddler is use to napping about 2 hrs at a time is it ok to wake him up before the 2 hrs?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Aida,

      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! Generally, you can shorten the nap a little bit, but your baby may need to go to bed a little earlier that evening to make up the sleep. I hope this helps!

  3. Beth says

    Under #2 Naps are too long, it states that “baby should not nap longer than 3 hours total for a day…” does that mean not longer than 3 hours at once or for all naps combined? So if baby sleeps 1.5 hours, then 45 minutes, they should only take one more 45 minute nap to not exceed 3 hours? For instance, I have a 4-month old, he’s finally starting to take longer naps (like over 40 minutes), but he’s definitely starting to sleep more than 3 hours during the whole day in naps combined.

    • Neosha says

      @Beth – Thank you for reading! This is definitely a more general guideline and all babies are quite different from each other and will vary in their day time sleep needs as they go through milestones and ages. 3 hours total generally refers to all day sleep combined vs total sleep for one particular nap. I hope this helps, Beth. Please keep reading!

  4. J says

    I usually have to wake my 6 month old from 2 of her 3 naps it’s she will nap longer then an 1 1/2 each nap and wake too much at night. Not sure if I should just let her take long naps or keep waking her, or is she trying to transition to 2 naps??

  5. Katie says

    My son is 9 months and can sleep over 12 hours straight. I’m just wondering if I should wake him up at the 12 hour mark or will he be getting too much sleep? He has two naps a day that usually total somewhere between 2-2.5 hours.

    • Jessica Diller says

      @Katie That is great to hear that your son is sleeping so well at night. If he is experiencing night wakings, or other sleep issues, then you may want to consider waking him to prevent too much nighttime sleep. However, if he is sleeping well, with no wakings or behavioral problems, then he may just be one of those children who needs a little extra sleep. You can use this chart as a generalization to help you determine how much sleep he should be getting at this age:

  6. Samantha Ferguson says

    I love this website because I had my dughter days and nights mixed up and I wanted to get her on the right sleep scedual. I didn’t know what to do till I found this website. Now my 6 month old she sleeps thought the night and she has her morning naps. Again I love this website.

    • Gina Jacobs Thomas says

      @Samantha – I’m so glad you find our information useful! And congratulations on getting your daughter’s days and nights sorted out. Thanks for commenting!

  7. Megan Smith says

    Is it okay to wake a baby at night to feed him/her?

    When my daughter was about 4 or 5 months old she started sleeping longer stretches through the night, eliminating a feeding. But at the same time, she also stopped gaining adequate weight, to the point where my lactation consultant became concerned and suggested I wake her up before I went to bed to get in another feeding. It worked!

    But now, at 8 months old, I’m wondering if I should still be waking her up. Any opinions?

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Megan Smith – yes, it would absolutely be appropriate to wake a baby in this circumstance! It is ALWAYS best to listen to a healthcare provider or lactation consultant, and to follow that person’s advice. Sleeping long stretches is awesome at this age, but if it interferes with adequate weight gain, then it’s best to consult a medical expert (as you did) and then follow that advice.

      However by 8 months, most children are able to be on just one feeding each night (and possibly no feedings), so my guess would be that you can probably stop waking her. That said, though, if you have concerns about your milk supply, you’d do well to talk to your lactation consultant again.

      Hope that helps, Megan! Best of luck to you 🙂