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Naps (Overview)

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.


Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is it important to establish a nap schedule?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Naps (Overview)

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.


Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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How long should adults nap for?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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How long should adults nap for?

Napping: Napping often isn't necessary for an adult. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
38 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Dennis Clifford
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
38 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Tod Haller
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
11 years in practice
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When should I start decreasing my baby's naps?

Dr. Tod Haller
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
11 years in practice
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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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Dr. David Sherer
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
32 years in practice
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How should I schedule my baby's naps?

Dr. David Sherer
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
32 years in practice
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Whenever: Whenever the baby feels the need. They will let you know. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Canapari
Board Certified, Pediatrics
15 years in practice
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How can I encourage my baby to take longer naps?

Dr. Craig Canapari
Board Certified, Pediatrics
15 years in practice
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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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Dr. Ray Tidman
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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Is it bad to take a short nap every afternoon?

Dr. Ray Tidman
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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Simple answer: Naps are good.

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Dr. Linda Kondilis
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
4 years in practice
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My friend has a terrible lifestyle: he goes to bed at 3am daily and uses FB until that time. He takes naps during the day. How can I help him? SoSorry

Dr. Linda Kondilis
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
4 years in practice
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My friend has a terrible lifestyle: he goes to bed at 3am daily and uses FB until that time. He takes naps during the day. How can I help him? SoSorry

Helping a friend: A great place to start is to think about how your friend's behavior is impacting you? Are you worried, do you spend less time together, have you noticed his functioning decline. Ask him permission to share your observations and let him know in your own words you are looking out for him. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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How can I get my baby on a good nap schedule?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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How long do my baby's naps need to be?

Dr. Gregg Alexander
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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How long do my baby's naps need to be?

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 more

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