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Naps (Definition)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of it is at night.


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Is it important to establish a nap schedule?

Is it important to establish a nap schedule?

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. ...Read more

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Naps (Definition)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of it is at night.


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Is it better to take lots of little naps or to try to stay up to get on new time zone when travelling far?

Is it better to take lots of little naps or to try to stay up to get on new time zone when travelling far?

No data: No clear answer to your question. My guess is staying up and not napping is more likely to get you back on track quicker, but if necessary a nap probably won't hurt. ...Read more

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Stress less (Tip)

Stress less

Get 7 hours of sleep! if you can not, try daytime naps. ...See more

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When should I start decreasing my baby's naps?

When should I start decreasing my baby's naps?

Between 2/3 years : Usually between 2-3 years old but it depends on each child and your schedule. Sometime you will need the child to nap. There is no fast rule at all. ...Read more

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How can I encourage my baby to take longer naps?

How can I encourage my baby to take longer naps?

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 more

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Infant Health (Tip)

Infant Health

Naps are important for both baby and you. Use the time to recharge yourself if you can. ...See more

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How should I schedule my baby's naps?

Whenever: Whenever the baby feels the need. They will let you know. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby on a good nap schedule?

How can I get my baby on a good nap schedule?

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 more

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