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    Default Nap question about 6,7month olds naps..

    Hi ladies! Just wondering how long your 6,7month old bubs nap for? DD usually has a long 1.5-2hr nap in the morning and 2 nap latter in the day which can be anything from 40-60min. Is that ok at her age? usually she is abit whingy and tired when she wakes up after her last 2 naps but wont go back to sleep..

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    My DD is 7.5 months old and is in the process of transitioning from 3 to 2 sleeps. she was having a 30-60 min nap in AM, a 90 min nap at noon, and a 30 min nap late arvo. Now, she is mostly having a 1.5-2hr nap in AM (around.9 30) and another 1.5-2hr nap early arvo (1/1.30pm). Your bub sounds spot on


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    DD 6 months normally has 3 naps a day, generally the first is just one sleep cycle (30-35 mins) about 2 hours after waking. Then 2 hours awake before the next one, which ranges between one sleep cycle up to 2 hours depending on how tired she is, then the same for the third. She normally sleeps for about 3-3 1/2 hours altogether.

    Tbh she is naturally a catnapper and a bad sleeper though, so it is only through much effort that she has those longer naps (I have to feed/bounce her through sleep cycles).

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    Thanks ladies! I was just wondering if this is ok nap duration for her.. she is kind of transitioning into 2 naps now. Its just that the sleep school i went to kept insisting that DD should have a 1.5-2hr nap every nap time and even if she woke after 40or 60min i should try to resettle her (i would try and it would take me an hr to do that and lots of crying!)

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    My 6 month old has 2-3 naps a day. Most days they are 1 sleep cycle, 35 - 45 mins. Every few days she will sleep 1.5 - 2 hrs for her midday nap, but needs resettling, generally me sleeping with her, to do this.
    So another catnapper here.

    She is otherwise a content baby, so that seems to be enough for her.

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    My 7.5 month old has 2 sleeps of 1-2.5 hours each, if she has shorter sleeps she has 3 of them

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    My 7 month old little bubba is still having 3 naps, sometimes 4. All naps are for between 40-60mins. She always wakes up happy and sleeps through the night. Can't b much happier than that

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    I highly recommend Pinky McKays book regarding sleep. It really made sense to me to not pay any attention to what sleep 'experts' or schools say, and if your baby is happy after 40 mins of sleep (for instance) then why make them upset and force or try to force them back asleep, etc.

    Try your local library or Google it

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakthemould View Post
    I highly recommend Pinky McKays book regarding sleep. It really made sense to me to not pay any attention to what sleep 'experts' or schools say, and if your baby is happy after 40 mins of sleep (for instance) then why make them upset and force or try to force them back asleep, etc.

    Try your local library or Google it

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    Thanks for that I'll definatly checkout Pinky Mckay regarding sleeping. This is exactly what I would get confused about..that if DD wakes after 40min,is definatly still tired but wont go back to sleep that what the point of forcing her !!?? sleep school would insist to make her sleep 2hrs ...how the heck do you ''make'' a baby sleep longer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samar81 View Post
    Thanks for that I'll definatly checkout Pinky Mckay regarding sleeping. This is exactly what I would get confused about..that if DD wakes after 40min,is definatly still tired but wont go back to sleep that what the point of forcing her !!?? sleep school would insist to make her sleep 2hrs ...how the heck do you ''make'' a baby sleep longer!
    Short answer: you can't! Some days DD (5.5 months), has 3 naps, sometimes just two. Some days she sleeps 1 hour total, or like today she had a 2.5 hour nap at home in the cot and a 30 minute one in the car. Each day varies! I really don't believe that you can 'make' a baby sleep any more than they need.

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