Baby Whisperer: Waking Early From Naps

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Tracy Hogg, author of The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, has two different methods for teaching your baby to sleep through the nap rather than habitually waking at the 45 minute mark. Before we discuss this, however, I want to point a few things out.

  1. GROWTH SPURTS: I want to point out that if your baby has been sleeping well and is suddenly waking early, there is an excellent chance it is a growth spurt. Growth spurts happen every 3-4 weeks. Yes, I know they are tiring. Be sure to feed your baby during growth spurts as often as needed. If you don’t, the early waking will just continue on.
  2. WAKING BUT HAPPY: Hogg says that if your baby wakes early every once in a while and is in bed happy, just leave her. I agree with this. For the random early waking and the happy baby, just leave her be and do your best to not stress.
  3. WAKING BUT UPSET: If your baby wakes early and is upset/crying, then she didn’t get enough sleep. This is when you help her get back to sleep. Your approach to this will depend on you. Some moms do cry it out. Some will rock their baby back to sleep. Some will move to a swing our bouncy chair. Some pat the baby. Some will do a Baby Whisperer method (listed below). Whatever you do, please remember the growth spurt category (number one above). The baby can wake up upset if she is hungry, so keep that in mind.

The first Baby Whisperer method to stop early waking is called “wake to sleep.” Basically what you do is wake your baby before she wakes on her own. For the 45 minute waking, you would go in and rouse her at thirty minutes. You don’t want her to fully wake up. You then pat her gently until she goes back to sleep, which might take 15-20 minutes. If she cries, you move on to pick up put down.

I haven’t ever done this. If it sounds like something you want to try, you will probably want to read it for yourself in the book (page 251). The idea of this is to get her used to sleeping through the cycle rather than continuing to habitually wake up at the 40-45 minute mark.

I haven’t ever tried this method, either. This can be used to help her fall asleep initially or after she wakes early. Hogg says that when you first start this, you might be doing it for an entire nap period. She says it is important to stick to feeding times, so if/when meal time comes, stop and do feeding. The information on this method cover pages 251-263, so there is a lot more than I will put. Here is the info for you to see if you are interested.

Basically, you pick the baby up and hold him until she stops crying. Then you lay her down. If she starts to cry, you pick up, hold, wait for her to stop crying, then put her back down. You do this until she falls asleep or until it is feeding time. This can also be done in the night.

Hogg says to not do this until baby is 4-5 months old because it is too stimulating before that age. She also says you can do this 100 times or more before the baby will fall asleep.

Here are a couple more options for you when your baby wakes early. Be sure also see the many waking early posts on this blog.


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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Val
    December 17, 2009 / 6:15 PM

    …and to all those out there with chronic 45 nappers, sometimes there is no cure. I had one twin that took full naps and one who took 45 minute naps (waking up angry) until he started walking. I tried everything. A few days here and there I would get an hour and 20 minute nap but the very next day it was back to 45 minutes.So…I offer my sympathy.

  2. Redheads
    December 17, 2009 / 8:01 PM

    Hi Val,My DD is a chronic 45 min napper, with a very rare and occasional 1 hour and 30 min nap. She is 11 months old now and has done this since she was 2.5 months old! I cannot even fathom doing the Baby Whisperer's advice!! I would NEVER wake my DD up from a nap unless we had an appointment to be at. That idea seems very counterproductive. I just leave her be – luckily, she usually wakes happy and is content to stay in her crib until naptime is over. You said that your son did this until he started walking. Interesting. Maybe the increase in physical activity wore him out more??? At any rate, my DD is already trying to walk, so maybe our days of longer naps are right around the corner! I am praying and thinking real hard about transitioning her to one nap a day to see if that helps. I am pretty scared to do this, but I can't stop toying with the idea! Thanks for sharing!Amy

  3. The Lettow Family
    December 17, 2009 / 8:52 PM

    Thank you for posting!! My 4 month old has been a chronic 45 minute napper for almost 2 months. I had tried everything….I just tried the "waking up at 30 minutes" trick and he fussed for about 5-10 minutes and then went back to sleep for another hour and a half!!! WOW! My question is does the book say how long you would need to do that to break them of the habit of waking at 45 minutes? I am so shocked that this worked! I figured if it didn't- no big deal…I'd go back to his 45 minute routine but the problem with him is that he'd wake up smiling but then be fussy alot before his feeding time so I still think he needed more of a nap. I will see if he's able to sleep past me waking his up- like I said, I've only tried it once! but WOW!

  4. Matt & Heidi Mikitka
    December 17, 2009 / 9:44 PM

    Hello Lettow Family,Tracy says to do it for at least three days/nights, though it sometimes works on the first day/night (p.191)

  5. Redheads
    December 18, 2009 / 12:34 PM

    Lettow Family,Glad this worked for you! I probably would have tried it when my baby was a lot younger if I knew about the method. My DD is now 11 months old, and I don't think that this would work for her. She has been taking 45 minutes naps for so long, I think it is too late to try to interfere. But, based on your success, maybe I will be brave enough to try this with the next baby! (I am PRAYING I don't have to deal with the 45 min intruder again, though!)Amy

  6. AnnDee
    December 18, 2009 / 4:46 PM

    So funny that I just barely bought and read this book due to my 8-month-old, who for the past month has decided to do 45 min. naps and wake up really mad! So, my question is if anyone has tried the Pick up/put down idea. I tried it, but the book said that I might be too much of a distraction if my son sees me (which is so true in my case), and it also says not to pick them up/fight them, if they are pushing away, etc. (Which my son did every time I tried it.) So, in essence, is it really just having him CIO if he won't let me pick him up, and if he shouldn't see me? Any advice on how to really implement this? I've tried CIO, and with naps, he'll just cry the entire nap time until his next eating. So, I'd like to give it a try, but am not sure how to! Anyone know?

  7. MHO
    December 18, 2009 / 6:05 PM

    I started PU/PD at six months when we weaned her off the soother. It was super successful (1.5 days until no crying when I put her down and then another day of crying a couple days later). If she has trouble settling now (7 months) I sit where she can't see me and "shh…". It works. She knows that I am there, but my physical presence does not distract her.

  8. Val
    December 18, 2009 / 7:34 PM

    "The Letlow Family" I had a few successes with wake to sleep method here and there but it was not "a cure". I did it consistently each nap (two naps a day) for 3 weeks. I would say it worked about 20% of the time. I honestly just got tired of doing it. He would sleep 1hr and 10-20 minute when I would do it and still be just as mad when he woke up. If it was just him I had to focus on I guess I would have kept it up but I just had too much to do with twins. He survived fine on his 2 45 minute naps a day, just didn't leave much downtime for me.And yes, I think the walking physical exercise (started walking) is what finally did the trick. One day we ran in the backyard hard for almost an hour. He slept 3 solid hours for #2 and I was in shock.He just took a 45 minute nap today (they're 18 months now) but it's because we've been trapped inside with horrible rain. Going to be a long afternoon!Final thought…I "suffer" with the same thing when my sleep cycles transition. After falling asleep for a nap, at 30 minutes my heart will start racing and it's like I get a jolt of adrenaline in my body, I actually feel myself coming out of sleep and I can not get back to sleep. I think my son has the same issue with transitioning from 1 cycle to the next. My daughter would sleep all day if I let her, just like my husband

  9. Plowmanators
    January 6, 2010 / 9:58 PM

    AnnDee, I haven't tried it, and I can't really think of anyone who has tried it and just raves about it. Good luck!

  10. Plowmanators
    January 6, 2010 / 9:59 PM

    Thanks MHO! I think you are one of the first I have heard from that have used it and had it work! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Plowmanators
    January 6, 2010 / 10:01 PM

    Very interesting Val. That happens to me sometimes, too. I wouldn't call myself a good sleeper.

  12. Samantha
    February 8, 2010 / 7:31 PM

    Napping problems. My daughter will be 20 weeks old on Thursday, Feb 11, 2010. She eats at 7:30a, 10:30a, 1:15p, 4:45p and 8:00p and sleeps through the night. The problem is she is only napping in her crib for 45 minutes to 1 hour at each nap and then I move her to a swing where she sometimes will fall back to sleep and sometimes just stay awake until the next feeding. She is napping 4 times a day right now. Any suggestions on how to get her to sleep longer???

  13. MHO
    February 9, 2010 / 6:36 PM

    Hi Samantha,You could try moving her to a 4 hour schedule. The Baby Whisperer & Baby Wise indicate that most babies can move to a 4 hour schedule around 4 months. If you have the book, "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems", Tracy gives an outline of how to move from a 3-4 hour schedule, beginning with the first interval of the day. I did not know about this 3-4 hour switch and was hesitant because all medical people say that a baby should have 6-8 feeds a day. This schedule resulted in 5 feeds and then 4 feeds per day for me. It did make a world of a difference in my 5 months old when I began doing it. She was much happier and so was I.

  14. Samantha
    February 15, 2010 / 2:47 AM

    MHO, Thanks for answering my last question. Do you think I would need to wait until I started some solids first before doing a 4 hour schedule. I am not sure about dropping another feeding already. I didn't do a 4 hour schedule with my other two until they were 6-7 months old if I remember right. What is the pick up/put down that some others are talking about? Also I saw something else about waking up at 30 minutes – what does that entail? I have a just turned 2 yo boy and so not sure I would have a lot of time to do these things. Thanks for your help.

  15. MHO
    February 16, 2010 / 2:30 AM

    Hi Samantha,I am going to let Val offer you further advice. This is her blog and I don't want to overstep my boundaries.

  16. Plowmanators
    February 16, 2010 / 2:44 AM

    MHO, I just had to mention that you can help all you want. It won't offend me in the least 🙂

  17. MHO
    February 16, 2010 / 3:10 AM

    Hi Samantha,So…Val has given me the go-ahead which is kinda exciting because I really do enjoy brainstorming and trouble-shooting this kinda thing. Here are my thoughts:1. 4-Hour Schedule: Yes, you can move to a 4-hour schedule before introducing solids. Keep in mind Val's latest post, "Feed Baby When Hungry."2. Pick-Up/Put-Down: PU/PD is basically teaching your baby how to sleep. It is saying, I realize that you are having trouble sleeping right now and mommy is going to help you through it. Here are your steps: i) If your baby cries (i.e. "help me now" cry), pick her up and soothe her for no more than 5 minutes.ii) Once she is soothed or after 5 minutes have passed, place her fully back in the crib.iii) If she begins crying again, repeat steps i and ii until she settles. Note that this method is most effective with babies between 4-6 months. Commit to it for at least 3 days. You may end up PU/PD up to 50 times in one session before your baby falls asleep. 3. Wake-to-Sleep Method: If your baby has difficulty transitioning through sleep cycles, go to her room after she has been sleeping 30 minutes. Rub her tummy or touch her head so that she stirs. The intent is that you disrupt her sleep cycle so that she can ease into the next one.

  18. Plowmanators
    February 18, 2010 / 2:41 PM

    Samatha, Is this short napping new or has it been going on the whole time? I think the answer to that determines your course of action. Be sure you read through the "naps: troubleshooting–revised and updated."If it is a new thing, it might be a growth sput or wonder week situation (see blog labels on each).If it has been going on basically always, then there are several possible appproaches. Let me know which it is.

  19. Samantha
    February 18, 2010 / 4:38 PM

    I was say basically always. She does however go to sleep sometimes longer if I move her to the swing…..

  20. Plowmanators
    February 22, 2010 / 9:25 PM

    Samantha,Since this is how she has pretty much always been, then I would start with some basics. First, be sure she isn't hungry. If she is waking early due to hunger, she will continue doing so until her growth spurt needs are met.Second, be sure your waketime length is correct. See the label "optimal waketime" for help on getting that right. Third, be sure you are consistent with your sleep routine and having her fall asleep initially on her own. Good luck!

  21. Lailah
    March 18, 2010 / 7:05 PM

    Thank you for your blog! It has been so helpful for me!Please help!My daughter is 6 weeks old. We have been implementing the babywise schedule from Week 1 but have consistently CIO week 4. She is on a 3 hour schedule. She is formula fed. She eats at night at 7:30-8 and will wake naturally after 5 hours. Then she cries and eats 12:30-1 and then she varies between a 3 to 4 hour stretch until 3am/ 4am and then she can only do 2.5 hours and MAYBE 3 hours until 7. Obviously this is not her waketime and if continued every day she would wake up 30 min- 1 hour earlier. Do you have any suggestions? Should I try feeding her more in the day? At night? Let her CIO when she wakes up?This is not the big issue. The BIG issue is that she will NOT nap. She's on a 7:30/10:30/1:30/4:30/7:30She goes down beautifully for the 7:30 and maybe one other nap.Usually at the 7:30-1:30 she does not nap. With CIO and the 4 S's (especially the sitting you speak of) she goes down pretty well. At most she will cry for 30 min. But either she just whimpers the whole rest of the time mixed in with crying OR she falls asleep for 30-45 minutes and wakes up. What should I do when she does not fall asleep and just lays there? What should i do when she wakes up? I have read all your posts about the swing, playing with her until the next feeding. But none of them seem to work. Also I have shortened her waketime so short she is barely awake including feeding for 40 min. That seems so short for a almost 7 week.Should I not be concerned with day time naps if the night is pretty consistent? On one hand I think if she does sleep well for each nap she would sleep 8+ hours in the day and at night she might not sleep. But I am at home with her in the day and I just don't know what to do. Each time she won't sleep or wakes up I am so lost!Please please I need some help.

  22. Plowmanators
    April 5, 2010 / 11:28 PM

    Lailah,For the night, are you sure she is taking a full feeding each time she eats in the night? And if she is waking naturally at 7 each day, I would say you have to basically just accept that is the time she wants to wake up.Sleep begets sleep, so you do want to be concerned about naps in the day. I suggest you look at the "optimal waketime" blog label and get my spreadsheet for figuring that out. That should help you figure out what works best for her. Good luck!

  23. The Greenfields
    May 10, 2010 / 11:14 AM

    Val, (or anyone else who wants to answer this :)) When would you implement CIO for mid-nap waking? Baby girl is almost 11 weeks, she goes down for every nap perfectly with 4S's (but I only do the first 3 as you did with Mckenna) no crying at all. But without fail, she wakes up about 1 hour in. She has between 50-60 min of awake time (with feeding) and then is down, so I am pretty positive it's not an overstimulation problemI know her hunger cry and I know it's not hunger. she is on 3 hour BFing schedule. If I go in and pat her and put passy in she falls asleep for another hour, same if I move her to the swing. So she will sleep around 2 hours 3x a day (yay!) but for some reason wakes mid way through. My main focus has been getting on a good 3 hour nursing schedule to get her metabolism established. Now that we are pretty routine with that, I'd like to tackle this mid-nap waking. Thanks for any suggestions or advice. I've hesitated posting questions because I know if it takes 2 weeks to answer- everything will be different 🙂 newborns change SO fast!! As always, LOVE the blog. I recommend it to all my mom friends!

  24. Plowmanators
    May 26, 2010 / 5:34 PM

    Greenfields,You know, my rule in my head is about 5 months old. Then you are past the constant growth spurts and past the four month dleep difficulty.Some moms do it earlier, though.So go with your gut. If you think she is ready and able, go for it. Otherwise, I would probably wait it out and see if you can figure out the reason for the waking. In fact, I would make sure there isn't some factor you can change before you do it. Is there some noise? Too hot? Too cold? Too much light? Good luck!

  25. Courtney
    August 5, 2010 / 8:35 PM

    My 9 week old almost always wakes up 25-30 minutes into his nap and I have no idea why. He has been doing this regularly for several weeks. Sometimes I can get him to go back to sleep by shhing and patting him for a few minutes (and often giving him his paci), but other times it is impossible to get him to go back to sleep. We are on a 2.5 to 3 hour nursing schedule during the day and when he wakes up early, it is usually way too soon for him to eat again and I'm not sure what to do with him. I have tried shortening his waketimes, but that doesn't seem to be working.At night, he will usually sleep three or four hours without waking up to eat, and most of the time he doesn't completely wake up and goes right back to sleep after eating. At some point, it would be great if he slept for longer than 3or 4 hours at night, but my biggest concern is his refusal to take a decent nap during the day. It leaves him cranky and me frazzled. We haven't really tried CIO yet, but I think I am getting ready to try it. Any suggestions for how to start with nap times?

  26. Plowmanators
    August 17, 2010 / 6:25 PM

    Courtney, the first thing to check is optimal waketime. See the blog label "optimal waketime" for help with that.See also "naps: troubleshooting–revised and updated" for help in figuring this out.

  27. Saskia+Joel
    September 23, 2010 / 8:37 AM

    Hi,I have a 16 week old and she was doing the 45 min thing since about three weeks old. I tried letting her cry it out but that only worked for putting her down to sleep, not when she woke up after 45 as she would cry until her next feed. I tried leaving her ten min and going in and that worked a bit but then other times when she was fully crying in between those times she just wouldn't settle. I tried extending the times which I went in to settle her (just putting the dummy in, patting her and pulling the wrap back around her) but she would still cry until I went in. One weekend my husband was in charge and I gave him strict instructions to not go in until ten min which he ignored. Ever since then I go in at 45 min when she crys and she normally only needs the one settle and she goes back to sleep. I asked my other babywise friends I this was creating a bad habit as I don't want to so that and they said yes,But I'm just wondering what to do? She sleeps so much better now.

  28. Saskia+Joel
    September 23, 2010 / 11:12 PM

    Also she has been waking up regularly at about 430am over the last few weeks. I just go in and stick her dummy in and I've stopped wrapping her at night- she's in a sleeping bag now, but I just dont know that letting her CIO will work? It doesn't seem to have during the day and I just don't know if im being a wuss and I just need to stomach a few sleepless nights…

  29. Plowmanators
    October 12, 2010 / 5:55 PM

    I am not actually a fan of crying mid-nap at that young of an age. It seems to rarely work. Moms who find it works tend to be more around 6ish or older months. If she is still doing it, I would continue to go in for now to resettle her. That way, you will be training her body to sleep that long and keeping the feeding schedule at 3 hours. Do be sure to watch for growth spurts. Also, be sure to check out the "chronic 45 minute nap" posts because that could be what is going on for your baby.

  30. Caitlin
    May 5, 2011 / 3:04 AM

    Dear Babywise Mom,My 8 1/2 week old has begun doing the strangest thing recently…he wakes up every 3-5 minutes during his naps and cries for a minute or two, and then goes back to sleep. This has happened several times recently, but never before that- he was a stellar napper. He sleeps through the night, so I think he can put himself back to sleep well, but nap time is just CRAZY! It might be relevant to mention that he is VERY constipated- he doesn't go to the bathroom on his own almost ever, and every 5-7 days I give him a suppository because he seems so uncomfortable. His doc said not to do it too much or else he'll rely on it. But even this evening, I gave him one and he had a messy diaper right after, but then the two naps after that he still woke up every several minutes. Each time he does that, I feed him again after it's been 2.5 hours since his last feeding, even though we're normally on a 3 hour schedule, just so that he's not crying for longer. I also give him gas drops semi-regularly because he seems to always have trapped gas. I'm breastfeeding him, and for his first 4 weeks he had a messy diaper almost every time I changed him, then all of a sudden they were basically never. The doc didn't seem to worry, and said it's just his digestive system being immature still, but that doesn't make sense considering he was fine for a month, and that for his second month he's not been able to go by himself. Could it be something I'm eating? I try to drink a lot of water. Would giving him juice, gripe water, or water help? I don't even know if that's related, because he does still have naps that are just fine. Plus all night he's super- not a peep all night. I would usually just let him CIO, but given the fact that he already learned that and was doing so great, and then all of a sudden changed, combined with the gas and constipation, I am not as confident that it will fix it. Waking that frequently just baffles me. He's not cold, or hot, and we swaddle him so he's not startling himself awake, the room is dark, there is no noise…I can't figure it out. HELP!

  31. Caitlin
    May 7, 2011 / 2:09 PM

    I might have figured it out- I think I was putting him down for his naps too early. I think after the 45 minutes I was doing, he was tired enough to fall asleep for 10 or 15 minutes, but not tired enough to stay asleep. Then he'd wake up, and get a second wind from his short little nap, and not be able to stay asleep for the rest of it. I moved his wake time fro 45-50 minutes to an hour and ten minutes, and he falls asleep and usually stays asleep beautifully. Is it common to need to increase the wake time as they get older?

  32. Plowmanators
    May 18, 2011 / 10:08 PM

    Caitlin, I am glad you figured it out! It is totally normal for waketime length to change even weekly in those early months. It is a constant job figuring it all out! As for the constipation, I would suggest you stop the suppository use unless under direction from the doctor. It can cause problems if you use it consistently. I would give gas drops regularly, and watch your own food intake. I wouldn't give him juice unless his doctor says to. You eating constipating foods (like dairy) can impact him.Good luck!

  33. Ann Smith
    May 25, 2011 / 3:02 PM

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE PU/PD. I used it with great success with my first son. We did cry it out when he was younger and it worked, but was so hard emotionally to listen to him scream. When he was older (around 9 or 10 months I'm thinking) we got back into a bad habit of him nursing at night. He was sick and would wake up several times at night so I started nursing him back to sleep. He had a croupy cough and I didn't want to let him cry and make his throat worse. After he was better he was then in the habit of still waking up to eat. I stopped feeding him and just walked him back to sleep hoping that he would then start going back to sleeping through the night. He didn't, so I tried PU/PD. The first night I did it about 130 times (Hogg says it takes longer the older your child is), but the second night was only about 25 times and the third night was 3 times and then he slept fine from there on out. We had one other sleep disruption time about a month later that included naps so I started during the day with his nap and within a 24 hour period we were back on track for both naps and nighttime. This also worked well for getting him to be able to go to sleep on his own rather than needing to be walked or put in a swing. I had to do PU/PD at the start of his nap only a couple of times and then he learned to soothe himself and go to sleep for naps without crying. CIO works too, but I find PU/PD to be much less emotionally stressful on everyone and plan to use it for any future sleep problems with other children. Right now I have a 3 month old who is sleeping beautifully, but PU/PD will be my first go to if we have night time problems in the future. Thanks for this blog, Val. It has been a wonderful resource for me that I have turned to many times!!

  34. Caitlin
    May 29, 2011 / 3:32 PM

    Actually, it was at his doctor's recommendation that I try diluted juice and glycerin, because sometimes he'd be obviously uncomfortable. But since then, his doc did some asking around, and said that some babies are just like that- and I spoke to a friend of mine who said that both of her kids were the same way- they'd go ten days with nothing, and then blow out. So I kinda stopped worrying about it. Have you ever heard of other kids like that who were exclusively breast fed?P.S. Ann, I like PU/PD too! In all respects my son is a textbook baby except for crying- at first I had to pick him up about four times, then two, now one or none. 🙂

  35. Plowmanators
    June 13, 2011 / 11:03 PM

    Ann Smith, thanks so much for sharing your story! I am sure that will be very helpful to moms in the future.

  36. Plowmanators
    June 13, 2011 / 11:04 PM

    Caitlin, I haven't heard of that long, but I have heard going a long time is normal. I don't blame you for worrying about it! I am glad you have been able to come to a conclusion.

  37. Laura
    January 6, 2012 / 10:52 PM

    My five week old has a relatively predictable 2 1/2 to 3 hour feeding cycle, but tends to eat, have very little waketime, sleep for about 45 minutes, then wake and stay fussy until time to eat again. This is her morning schedule, but then she takes a feeding to feeding nap in the afternoon, but usually in the moby wrap or in my arms/on my chest. Any tips? Thanks so much!

  38. Plowmanators
    January 12, 2012 / 9:13 PM

    Laura, assuming she doesn't have reflux or pain of some sort, it sounds like she is just used to sleeping while being held. If you want her to sleep in her bed, then that is where you have to put her to sleep. Make sure you have the waketime length correct.

  39. avralee
    March 7, 2012 / 3:59 PM

    Thanks so much for your blog. I have a question about naps. I have twin 5 week old daughters. They nap GREAT for the first nap of the day, after their 8 AM feeding. I put them down at around 9 AM, and I have to go in and wake them up at 11 for their next feeding. However, for every subsequent nap in the day, they will only sleep for 20-30 minute increments! I have tried to let them CIO, tried reswaddling, going in to pat their back…it seems like nothing is helping. Should their waketime be longer as the day goes on, or should i shorten it because they could be getting overstimulated? Thanks so much, any help would be greatly appreciated.

  40. Plowmanators
    April 1, 2012 / 12:52 AM

    McKenna had a progressively longer waketime length throughout the day.I would first try to tone down stimulation and then if that dosn't work, add five minutes waketime at a time.

  41. Garrett and Denise Stone
    January 10, 2013 / 11:26 PM

    Hello.. My baby is 18 weeks almost 4months.. We've never had great napping, always kinda of inconsistent. Worked awhile on wake time and always assumed it was the problem but not sure it really is/was. We've been doing CIO since Saturday for day sleep as her nights are great she sleeps from 730-545/6 and goes back asleep till wake time at 8am.. I haven't seen much progress with our CIO for day. She goes down no problem or crying at about 1hr 20min wake time. I've been letting her cry when she wakes after 45min-1 to the next feeding time.. Usually about an hour, she'll cry on and off.. Wondering how long CIO takes when doing it mid nap? Feeling very discouraged and wonder if I need to adjust

  42. Catherine
    July 31, 2013 / 10:46 PM

    Please help!I did Babywise with my son and he is a GREAT sleeper still to this day at 21 months.My daughter is 9 weeks and we started eat/play/sleep from the start but rocked her to sleep. Fast forward to about 8 weeks and she was starting to need to be rocked during sleep transitions and her 7 hour stretch that she was doing at night shortened to 4 hours. that's when I decided we needed to do CIO. She is back to sleeping 8-9 hours a night but her naps are a problem.Her first nap I put her down when she starts fussing which is usually only about 30-40 minutes after she wakes up. She cries for 5-10 minutes and then is out. She sleeps for 2-2.5 hours without a peep. Then for her second nap, I'm at a loss. She will be happy for roughly 40 minutes and then gets fussy. I take that as her sleep cue and put her down. She cries for 15-20 minutes before finally falling asleep. But then she wakes only 30-40 minutes later crying. She is swaddled and I've tried CIO at that time but she will just continue crying for a long time and never falls back asleep. I finally go pick her up and she will fall asleep with me holding her but won't stay asleep if I put her down. She hates the swing so we can't have her finish her nap there. Ive tried extending her awake to to 1 hour but the same thing happens. Your easy nap fix says to shorten awake time but I can't imagine she needs less than 30-40 minutes of awake time? Any advice? I am SO desperate for help!

  43. Amanda Harris
    August 31, 2013 / 4:03 PM

    My baby boy is 2 and a half weeks old and was initially sleeping contently during naps and at night. the past 3 nights and days however have been a little more difficult as he is waking early from about 2 to 3 naps a day, and waking before his normal feed times in the night. If I give him his pacifier sometimes that does the trick, but sometimes it doesn't. I am wondering if he could be having gas pains, or maybe reflux like his brother did. If this is the case, would that be a reason for him to suddenly start waking early from naps and at night?? Help! 🙂

  44. Josie
    March 10, 2016 / 9:52 PM

    Hello,My baby is 8 weeks. He has been on a 2:30-3:00 schedule. Just recently he started to stretch his night feedings.Some days he takes long naps. Like he wakes up at 7:00 and is down for his nap at 8:00, but doens't wake up until 11:00. Should I wake him up at 10:00 to keep him on the schedule?Thanks

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