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is it important to establish a nap schedule?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Yes, but most children will establish it without too much help, as long as they are not bothered at random intervals. A schedule that works for one child may not work for another, even of the same age.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Dr. Ravi Chand commented
Psychiatry 26 years experience
American Academy of Sleep Medicine no longer recommends scheduled nap time for toddlers or children they should get enough hours of sleep much more than adults
Aug 17, 2013
Dr. Martin Ganek
Pediatrics 50 years experience
The need for naps is very variable, although most children under the age of two years demonstrate a need for a nap. If a child easily falls asleep when given the opportunity then the nap is necessary and beneficial.
Sep 14, 2013
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Agree that the need for nap is variable
Sep 14, 2013
Dr. William Moore
Psychiatry 68 years experience
Yes: If you value your sanity, yes. Infants, toddlers, and parents of infants and toddlers typically do better with routines, schedules, and predictability. As the parent, you have some control over the schedule, and certainly know better than your child what they need. Use your authority to shape your child's routine to achieve their required hours while preserving your health and mind.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
Night: But it is important to try to have a set time for bed time in evening and be firm with that as much as life allows. Try to wake them up same time every morning.

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When should I start decreasing my baby's naps?

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I think...: ...The person to ask is the baby. Children act in a certain restless, cranky way when they actually need that nap; if they are consistently fine without it, you can skip it.
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Is co-sleeping a good idea?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
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No: The medical community is pretty united that, under the age of 1 year, this is dangerous and should be avoided. The data is pretty clear that this creates sleep conditions that often turn deadly for children. I personally sit on a pediatric death review board we have 5-10 deaths each month from co-bedding incidents. Some groups strongly advocate it however and claim it should be a choice.
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How long do my baby's naps need to be?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on the baby: It depends not only on the baby, but also on how well they're sleeping at night. If their nightly sleep is good - good length, good quality, sustained through the night - then they're daily naps are more dependent upon their particular needs, if they don't sleep well at night, though, daytime naps may be part of the problem. This is always a good one to discuss with your pediatrician.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I get my baby to take naps in the morning?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Routine: Most babies are ready to take a morning nap about 3 hours after they wake up. Plan your routine around this. Develop a nap routine, and put your baby in his/her crib awake and allow him to soothe himself to sleep.
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When should my baby take naps?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
When he's sleepy: Newborn: 2-4 hours at a stretch 24 hours a day. One to 2 months: longer stretches about 4 times a day. 3-6 months: 2-3 naps a day. 7-9 months: 2 naps a day, until about 18 months, when it'll be one nap a day. Using these ages and times as ballpark figures, you can schedule meals and activities so that you can plan baby naps and mommy free time.

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