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  • Haley said…
    My son is 10 months old and taking 2 naps a day. He always sleeps well at night but doesn’t always sleep so well for his 2nd nap. Today for his second nap it took him about 45 minutes to actually go to sleep…he wasn’t really crying….he just wasn’t sleeping. I guess I’m wondering what the total number of hours of sleep should average in a 24 hour period for a baby this age? I am wondering if he is getting too much sleep? Or maybe I’m doing something wrong with his naps? Any thoughts would be great!! Thank you so much! This website has helped me so much!
    September 14, 2008 2:57 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    Haley, sorry I haven’t seen your post for so long! See this post: Dropping the Morning Nap (from 2 to 1 naps): Transition Time :
    November 12, 2008 11:31 AM

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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. Fabi
    April 6, 2010 / 2:57 PM

    Sorry if I´m posting this question in the wrong place. I just couldn´t find a better spot to place it! ;)My baby girl is 13 weeks old and we started sleep training (with CIO) when she was about 3.5 weeks. Your "progress in spiral" post proved to be so true and it encouraged me a lot through the tough process. Things eventually got better, and she began to actually sleep during her "scheduled" naps + during the night. Now, ten weeks after the oficial go, things are going rather smooth, but I confess I was expecting it to be better. She still cries (not really cry, like she did before…it sounds like a complaint) for 10-20 minutes. Sometimes she goes down in less time. Sometimes she takes a little longer. There are times she just doesn´t sleep, so I rock her.My question is about what to expect AFTER sleep training. I guess I was imagining that naps were going to be perfect, at least almost all the time. I also expected no cry, or very little cry (like 5 minutes?). Right now, I face some kind of trouble about once a day. I feel as if I have a worse time hearing her cry now than I did before. Before, I knew they cry had a purpose, but now I feel a little lost. So, my question is: Does things ever really get "perfect" or just "improved"?Thanks

  2. Plowmanators
    April 20, 2010 / 9:00 PM

    Fabi, It really depends on the baby. I have a BW friend whose oldest son fussed for about 5 minutes for his whole first year of life. Now he is four and just great. Some get to "perfect" but few stay there indefinitely. There are developmental leaps (see wonder weeks blog label) that cause disruptions again. If I were you, I would keep a log (See blog label "logs") to try to get an idea of why she might be fussing before naps. I would say that most will go down without a peep, but some don't. Just to be sure she can get to "no peep" state, I would keep a log and try to figure it out. Be sure to read the CIO posts again to be sure you have it all. Pay special attention to "optimal waketime" and stimulation levels. Good luck!

  3. Stephanie
    November 10, 2011 / 5:17 PM

    I was trying to search through posts to see the answer to this, but I couldn't find it. I'm sure it's there somewhere–there's just so much!! 🙂 About what age do babies stop napping after every feeding? My daughter is just about 9 weeks and is still sleeping about 1.5 hours (sometimes 2 if really sleepy) after each feeding, resulting in 4 1.5 hour naps. Is this normal for her age? I'm assuming because she sleeps for the whole time (most of the time) and hardly ever cries when putting her down that for now this is ok? She's not very obvious with her sleep cues other than fussiness, so sometimes I wonder if I'm forcing her to sleep because she seems happy, but sometimes since there's only 1.5 hours left before the next feeding, I just put her down. On times when she seems happy, would it be okay to keep her awake until she fusses, even if that results in a shorter nap? I'm also not positive that her fussiness always means that she's tired or that she's bored. Also if there is a nap period that she never really sleeps, is it safe to assume she wasn't tired and I shouldn't have put her down or at this age could it possibly be that she was overtired because she should have 4 naps at this age? Thanks!!!

  4. Plowmanators
    November 24, 2011 / 4:01 AM

    Stephanie, That is normal for a 9 week old. Usually the first nap is dropped around four months old. Some babies will go to a four hour schedule so they are still napping after each feeding. If not, then they drop a nap. Then sometime between 6-9ish months they go down to two naps in a day. If you look at the post on dropping naps, that might help you get a bigger picture.

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