Poll Results: What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for 12-13 months? (includes feeding time)

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Results:

2 hours: 20 votes (6%)
2-2.5 hours: 57 votes (17%)
2.5-3 hours: 86 votes (26%)
3-3.5 hours: 84 votes (26%)
3.5 hours or more: 74 votes (23%)

Votes so far: 321

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Poll Results: What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for 11-12 months? (includes feeding time)

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Results:

75-90 minutes 3 (1%)
1.5-2 hours 13 (8%)
2-2.5 hours 36 (23%)
2.5-3 hours 51 (33%)
3-3.5 hours 38 (24%)
3.5 hours or more 13 (8%)

Total of 154 votes

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  1. Kelly Ford
    November 21, 2009 / 3:34 AM

    I have a question about waketimes/naptimes. My DD is 6.5 months and has been doing great on a 4 hour since about 4.5-5months 🙂 But as she is getting older she can stay awake more. Will there come a time when we break w/ the eat/play/sleep cycle b/c waketimes get longer and she'll need longer naps than would be allowed under that cycle? B/c if she continues extending waketimes, as i understand she will still take 2 naps (after she drops her last shorter nap) and i cant imagine them being short (<1.5hrs) but maybe they will be until they are condensed into one? IDK. Help. Thanks.

  2. Kelly Ford
    November 29, 2009 / 1:22 AM

    I'm thinking you may not have been notified of my last comment? If so and you havent had time, i'm sorry!kelly

  3. Plowmanators
    December 6, 2009 / 2:45 AM

    Kelly, yes, you break the cycle once you drop the third nap. She will most likely take 2 two hour naps until she is somewhere between 14-22 months, with most dropping the morning nap around 18 months.

  4. Kelly Ford
    February 1, 2010 / 6:53 PM

    So, to make sure i understand, would i keep her on a 4 hour or would it be more of a lose 4 hour? Now we do 7, 11, 3 and 7 but she (just this week) started dropping her 3rd nap fairly consistently and we just put her to bed a little early. We broke the e/p/s pattern in the evening but does the rest of the day change? I'm wondering when the meals line up w/ the family, is that solids or bottle AND solids? B/c i dont think i'd want to give time between bottle and solids as that could lead to snacking…Thanks!!

  5. Plowmanators
    February 13, 2010 / 9:43 PM

    Kelly,Meals lining up with family kind of depend on when the family eats. There are BW moms of preschoolers who don't have all meals lined up for the family because Dad gets home late and eats at 8 PM…but a 4 year old isn't going to make it that late.SO, I assume that eating breakfast at 7 is doable for your family? 11 might be doable for lunch. 3 is an early dinner. So I would feed at 3, then feed baby finger foods at the family's dinner. Then nurse/liquid feed at 7 and to bed.But if your baby can go longer, by this age you could go longer. So you could do 7, 11:30, 4:00, 7:00 (or whatever)

  6. Kelly Ford
    February 19, 2010 / 12:36 AM

    Thanks!!!We're getting closer to the age of dropping the bottle/formula and i'm just trying to wrap my brain around what life will look like. So i'm sorry for repeating ?'s. I should have clarified that she's currently eating breakfast closer to 7:30 just because thats when we get to her sitters. Not that it matters, but Anyways…Would it mess up her metabolism to do breakfast at 7:30, lunch around 11:30 (if she can make it), a snack around 3:30 and then dinner with the family around 6pm? That would be doable for us and i'm just trying to figure out if i can move her to more of that before she drops the bottle or if i should wait (IF it would be an okay schedule).

  7. Plowmanators
    March 3, 2010 / 11:39 PM

    Kelly, do a liquid feeding at 3:30. I would probably feed her a fruit and veggie at that time, then give her samples from what the family is eating at 6. But if you want to stick with how you are doing it, that is fine.

  8. Melanie Styron
    May 22, 2013 / 2:54 PM

    my baby is 49 weeks old (11 months) and has had difficulty napping. when i lay him down after a two hour wake time he does not take a morning nap. if i lay him down after a three hour wake time he always naps but skips his afternoon nap. could he already be ready to drop his afternoon nap? it feels too early and i remember reading that they drop their morning nap first. so frustrated!

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Poll Results: What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for 7-8 months? (includes feeding time)

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Results:

60-75 minutes: 4 votes (3%)
75-90 minutes: 9 votes (6%)
1.5-1.75 hours: 15 votes (9%)
1.75-2 hours: 33 votes (21%)
2-2.25 hours: 49 votes (30%)
2.25-2.5 hours: 23 votes (14%)
2.5 hours or more: 28 votes (17%)

Total of 161 votes

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  1. Maureen
    January 10, 2009 / 8:13 AM

    Val, can I ask how long Kaitlyn’s waketime at 15 months? I know she is a sleepy head like Lucas, but this poll really has me questioning his waketime. He is 15 months and is only awake for an hour and 45 minutes before both of his naps. He does seem tired. He will stare off into space and rub his eyes. But sometimes he struggles a bit before going down. I have thought about lengthening it to 2 hours, but if most babies were over 2 hours at 7-8 months, we are way off! Is he just a sleepy baby? Could this have to do with the fact that he has such a long waketime before bed? It’s usually 5 hours between waking up from his afternoon nap and bedtime. But we are usually on the go, so he does fine. Some days, I put him down for a third nap still. Am I doing something wrong? Or is he just a sleepy baby?

  2. lauriella86
    January 11, 2009 / 8:20 PM

    I need help! I have a 13 mth old that has not napped well since he started walking at 11 mths. I have read and tried everything I can find on this site. Including dropping his a.m. nap (I know it was too early but I was desperate). He takes an hour, sometimes 2, to fall asleep for his am nap and if I let him sleep more than 40 min. he won’t fall asleep for his pm nap. His schedule we had before all the trouble was he would wake in the morning at 7:30, nap from 10-11:30 then 2-3:30 and that worked great. I kept a log to find another pattern and found that he most often fell asleep around 10:30 but the pm nap never fell into place. So I put him down at 10:30 and he’ll play for 1 hour or more. His crib is completely empty and I don’t even put socks on him cause he takes them off and plays with those. I can’t keep him up much longer than 10:30 if we are home because he is SO FUSSY! Sometimes after the hour of being in his crib he’ll then lay down on his own and others I have to help him. IF by chance he does fall asleep easily he wakes 10 mins. later from having a bowel movement and I have to start all over. I guess my 2 questions are: 1) is there a way to change his bowel movement schedule so it stops interfering with his nap schedule?2)How do I get him to fall asleep without taking an hour or more?

  3. Plowmanators
    January 16, 2009 / 6:03 PM

    Maureen, 15 months, she was over two hours for waketime. It was about 2 hours 15 minutes. Maybe a bit more. If he can do 5 hours later in the day, then my guess is he can do longer earlier in the day. Kaitlyn’s naps were spread out such that the last waketime was only about 3 hours. A third nap at that age is really uncommon. My guess is he only would need it because of the 5 hours. If he had longer waketimes earlier, naps would end later and the last waketime wouldn’t be so long. I think I would try to do that and get that third nap gone for good. He is only 7 months away from the oldest babies usually drop the morning nap (and a couple of months away from when most drop the morning nap).

  4. Plowmanators
    January 16, 2009 / 6:07 PM

    lauriella,He could be overly tired by 10:30–reached his “second wind.” I think I would go back to putting him down at 10 and see if he will go back to falling asleep at 10:30.1-No, there isn’t anything I know of to change that.2-Try first going back to 10 AM. Then go in after a certain length of time, lay him down, and tell him it is time to sleep. The other day Kaitlyn was up for an hour after I put her down, which was so weird. I walked in, put her down, and told her it was not time to play but time to go to sleep. She went right to sleep after that.

  5. LEM
    February 21, 2009 / 5:47 PM

    My son is now 9 months old but it doesn’t look like you have a poll for waketimes in this age range yet. It looks like his optimal waketime right now has just increased to 2.5 hours. My question is, as they’re waketime starts increase are they then taking shorter naps to accommodate the feeding schedule? He eats every four hours, but as he’s awake longer, I have to wake him from his nap to feed him on schedule. I’m wondering if I should let him sleep longer and maybe feed every 4.5 hours. But then then dinner time and the last feeding become so close together. I’m not sure if they are supposed to be taking shorter naps as their waketime increases. What will happen when his waketime increases even more and he is still on 2 naps a day? I don’t know why I’m so confused about this!

  6. Plowmanators
    February 26, 2009 / 6:28 PM

    There is one for 8-9 months:http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2009/01/poll-results-what-wasis-babys_20.htmlI will be continuing these next.As waketime increases, you will move more to aligning meals with the family and having three meals a day instead of 4. This is a hard call. He is probably a little ahead of his time to be doing such long waketime at this age. If it were me, I would do 2 hours so there could be a 2 hour nap unless baby just wouldn’t sleep after only 2 hours.Another option would be to let him have one 4.5 hour interval so he can have one longer nap a day. But if you did 4.5/4.5/3 hours, he might be okay. I think both of mine would have done just fine with 3 hours between the last two feedings. See the sample schedules for ideas on what I did. Good luck deciding!

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Poll Results: What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for ages 5-6 Months? (waketime length includes feeding time)?

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Results:

60 minutes or less: 2 votes (1%)
60-75 minutes: 12 votes (10%)
75-90 minutes: 19 votes (16%)
1.5-1.75 hours: 21 votes (18%)
1.75-2 hours: 37 votes (32%)
2-2.25 hours: 17 votes (14%)
2 hours 15 minutes or more: 7 votes (6%)

Total of 115 votes

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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 Babywise.life, 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. Rachel Stella
    August 8, 2008 / 10:24 PM

    Could you possibly do a poll sometime on the # of hours of sleep baby has(total including naps and night time sleep) at X # of months?Thanks!

  2. Plowmanators
    August 12, 2008 / 4:15 AM

    Yes, that is a good idea. Thanks!

  3. Abby's Mom
    August 13, 2008 / 7:40 PM

    Also, a poll about length of naps at x # of months? My lo only naps for 55-75 minutes. It would be interesting to see how many others take short naps.The waketime polls ended after 6-7 months? Are your going to any more for waketime for 7-8 months, 8-9 months, etc?

  4. Plowmanators
    August 14, 2008 / 2:49 AM

    Yes, I will do that. You can look at the polls asking what age they dropped naps to get an idea in the meantime. You can guess that those dropping the third nap only have two naps. I am going to continue waketime polls. I thought we might be getting sick of the same question so I thought I would mix it up for a few rotations. It will also give some babies time to get older and get into that range so we can get more results. The more people who respond, the more accurate the averages.

  5. Plowmanators
    August 14, 2008 / 2:51 AM

    If I don’t do that poll within a couple of weeks, remind me about it. I am not on my main computer so I can’t add it to my list. I seem to be forgetful right now 🙂

  6. Abby's Mom
    August 14, 2008 / 6:09 PM

    Thanks! The blog continues to be wonderful!

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Poll Results: What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for ages 0-4 Weeks? (waketime length includes feeding time)

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Results:

15-20 minutes: 10 votes (7%)
20-30 minutes: 13 votes (10%)
30-40 minutes: 27 votes (20%)
40-50 minutes: 46 votes (35%)
50-60 minutes: 24 votes (18%)
60 minutes or more: 9 votes (6%)

Total of 129 votes

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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 Babywise.life, 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. julia_chg
    November 9, 2010 / 11:31 AM

    Hello! I've been looking at the poll results and my problem is, that I just can't get the baby awake after feedings to have some waketime several times during the day. My son Samuel is 3 weeks old. Today I tried to have some waketime with him after 10 a.m feeding and after 12.30 feeding but he just continued sleeping… At night he cried from 4.30 till 6.30 – probably because of the gas. May be this affects his waketime? What should I do?

  2. julia_chg
    November 11, 2010 / 9:03 PM

    I actually found good answers in your blog about waketime. But we still have this night problem – he just doesn't fall asleep after the night feedings and he needs to burp for very many times. He can be awake until the next feeding during the night. And cry all of that time. Me and my husband are so tired because of the lack of sleep… We tried holding him upright – so that the air could come out and then put him back to bed – he may be calm for some minutes and then cry again. I hope you can help us somehow..

  3. Plowmanators
    November 17, 2010 / 7:34 PM

    Julie, if he is in physical pain, try gas drops and/or gripe water. There are posts on both of those things.If it is a sleeping issue ratheer than a pain issue, try leaving the light on bright in the middle of the night until he falls asleep. Some newborns are more comfortable opening their eyes in the dark so they stay awake at night instead of day. He might be over that by now, though.

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