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#1 angek2

Posted 17 January 2017 - 08:30 AM

Just wondering how many naps your little ones are having at 6 months old?
Mine is having 3 naps (2x1 hour ish and 1 30 minute nap).
I have read some info (eg karitane) that suggests 2 sleeps from 6 months but honestly I don't even know how to do that because he is pretty much done being awake after 2 hours first thing and 2.5 hours for the others. Even sometimes after that 30 min catnap he wakes grumpy but if I try and resettle him bedtime then gets pushed back later and later and he doesn't actually sleep longer during the night to make up for the later bedtime.

#2 Hands Up

Posted 17 January 2017 - 08:42 AM

Mine were both on three at six months.  Two longer naps at 8:30 ish and 12:30 (an hour and a half to two hours) and a 30 minute cat nap at around four thirty.

They dropped the cat nap at eight months and naps then moved to nine thirty and two pm.

#3 angek2

Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:53 PM

View PostHands Up, on 17 January 2017 - 08:42 AM, said:

Mine were both on three at six months.  Two longer naps at 8:30 ish and 12:30 (an hour and a half to two hours) and a 30 minute cat nap at around four thirty.

They dropped the cat nap at eight months and naps then moved to nine thirty and two pm.

Thanks for that that's really helpful.
Mine has been a chronic catnapper since a month old so used to sleep a lot of in the carrier. Before Christmas he would finally start sleeping in his cot during the day and would do the first sleep 1-1.5 hours without resettling then second sleep I would resettle after half an hour and he would then go on and do a further 1 hour then just the 30 min cat nap which worked well for bedtime anyway.
But then he went through leap 5 and wouldn't sleep longer than 30 mins unless we were resettling which took a long time.
Then suddenly today he has done 2x 1hr 15 min naps and doing a third 30 min nap now.
His sleep at night has been pretty bad during this leap, it used to be great with one wake up at most (last night was 3 wakes).

Hard trying to juggle, extending waking hours with 3 naps and not making bed a lot later then trying to get to 2 naps. Because even if he goes to bed later he still wakes very early regardless.

Edited by angek2, 17 January 2017 - 02:53 PM.


#4 PaperCats

Posted 18 January 2017 - 06:35 AM

Mine were very similar at 6 months. The transition to two naps happened at around 8 months and those two naps became longer. They went from 3 x 1 hour naps to 2 x 1.5 hour naps.

I was quite strict on awake times, at 6 months mine definitely couldn't stay awake for longer than 2.5 hours and this gradually got out to 3 or 3.5 hours by 12 months.

#5 mandala

Posted 18 January 2017 - 07:00 AM

The sleep school advice is three naps up until 9 months. Neither of mine did that, with the first going to two naps at around 6 months and the second doing so around 8 months.

Really, the purpose of naps is getting everyone through to bedtime without tears, and for the baby to be well enough rested that they don't wake up from overtiredness at night. If three naps is what works for your baby (and you) then that's what you do. Same if your baby needs four or five catnaps.

Often a later bedtime actually means an earlier wake up. You need to balance the total sleep in 24 hours with the total amount of time they can stay asleep.

What does the day look like e.g. what time for each wake up etc? What is the problem that is bothering you? Early morning start? Wake ups overnight?

#6 angek2

Posted 19 January 2017 - 07:22 AM

View Postmandala, on 18 January 2017 - 07:00 AM, said:

The sleep school advice is three naps up until 9 months. Neither of mine did that, with the first going to two naps at around 6 months and the second doing so around 8 months.

Really, the purpose of naps is getting everyone through to bedtime without tears, and for the baby to be well enough rested that they don't wake up from overtiredness at night. If three naps is what works for your baby (and you) then that's what you do. Same if your baby needs four or five catnaps.

Often a later bedtime actually means an earlier wake up. You need to balance the total sleep in 24 hours with the total amount of time they can stay asleep.

What does the day look like e.g. what time for each wake up etc? What is the problem that is bothering you? Early morning start? Wake ups overnight?

Thank you.
Hmm what's bothering me?! The early morning starts aren't great 5-5.30am but I could deal with those easier if it was only one wake up but again last night was 3 wake ups (middle one just resettled didn't feed).
So really it's the frequent night waking at the moment. I just don't know if it's this leap or what.
Generally a typical day is
5.30am wake
sleep at 7.30am
Hopefully get an 1hr -1hr  15 mins of sleep
wake 8.45
sleep 11.15
wake 12.30
sleep 3pm
wake 3.30pm
bed at 6pm (gradually going to 6.30pm) but the frequent night wake ups have been continuing regardless of 6pm or he even did 5.30pm the other day after short naps.

I don't go off scheduled nap times more awake time of 2hr in morning then 2.5 for the others.

Of course after posting the other day that night he went back to just one wake up, but last night was 3 again! Just to keep me guessing!

#7 Drat

Posted 19 January 2017 - 07:49 AM

Sleep is a massive battle with our baby.

She could have anywhere from none to maybe 3 if i'm lucky.

Most of the time she might have two one hour naps :( and will only wake up twice if i'm lucky!

She is a horrible sleeper and we are going to tresillian in march.

#8 mandala

Posted 31 January 2017 - 08:14 AM

You know, maybe those awake times are a bit long?

How are you going lately OP?




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