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Baby Nap Habits
It varies.: Your baby will let you know when naps are no longer needed, simply by not falling asleep then anymore. Some kids go down to 1 nap daily by 1 year old, others not until 2. Some kids stop needing naps at all by 2 years, others still need it when they're school-age. Even some adults benefit from naps! whatever time your baby wakes up on his/her own from the nap is the right # of hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be patient: Many infants will begin to have more regular and longer naps once they are able to crawl or walk. As your baby gets older and more active i suspect that you will find this to be true. I would also add that you should plan on scheduled naps. Most infants are ready for the morning nap 2-3 hours after awakenings. The pm nap usually is after lunch. Note that "sneaky sleep" in the car can ruin a nap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Train from the start: Newborns are wired to feed by instinct and drift off when tired (without knowing they are sleeping). Many have success setting a pattern the first days: a two hour nap; wake to feed; body care; followed by play until signs of fatigue begin and baby is placed in their comfort place to sleep.At night they wake on their own to feed but limiting day naps prevents day/night reversal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleeping patterns: Evaluate your baby's routine before she/he goes to sleep, make sure that you baby sleeps in a cool dark and comfortable place. Start routines such as reading singing or loving pat to sooth her and encourage her/him to learn how to sooth himself/herself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
18wk baby will nap on me for up to 2hrs however when in cot which is where I want nap times,she's wide awake in 30min and won't go bak 2slp any advice?
Sleep : you need to develop rituals to sleep. First, you need to avoid putting your baby on your chest to sleep because they get used to it and will refuse to do it any differently. Then try when they cry to wait 3-5 minutes, then try to calm your baby down without picking her up or feeding her. Next time she cries wait 10 minutes and do the same thing. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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