What was the average length of naps for baby ages 5-6 months (22-26 weeks)? (approximate)

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45 minutes: 15 votes (11%)
1 hour: 18 votes (13%)
1 hour 15 minutes: 20 votes (15%)
1.5 hours: 37 votes (28%)
1 hour 45 minutes: 10 votes (7%)
2 hours: 19 votes (14%)
2 hours or more: 10 votes (7%)

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. The Cleary Family
    December 9, 2008 / 9:20 PM

    I only discovered your blog a few weeks ago and have been reading ever since. I appreciate your suggestions and advice and as a first time mom, I will try almost anything! Here is my current situation: I have a five month old and have followed Babywise since birth – not religiously – but have definitely stuck to the EASY schedule as outlined in Babywise and Baby Whisperer books. My daughter is still waking up at least once, but usually twice, to eat at night. I have tried CIO and it works about 50% of the time but never at night. She once cried for almost two hours and at that time I said I wouldn’t do it again. She is still learning to self-soothe. She is eating solids well – cereal and baby foods but will only take up to 5 oz in a bottle at a time. She naps ok during the day – but we have always dealt with the 45 minute intruder in which I let her CIO but sometimes intervene with a bottle as suggested in the book. I am currently on a 3.5-4 hour schedule but am wondering whether I should go back to a three hour schedule until she starts sleeping through the night? We have a strict bedtime routine and she goes down at night with no problems. Any suggestions? I am at my wit’s end.Stephanie

  2. Val
    December 11, 2008 / 1:45 AM

    Just to let you know Stephanie..you are not alone. My son wakes up 45 minutes into EVERY nap since he was born and he’s now 5.5 months old. I’ve tried CIO, feeding, soothing etc. But unfortunately the only thing that works is my hand on his back shhhhing him and a pacifier. Every single day I have to do this for every single nap. He recently has been waking up 6-8 times a night…never hungry…just waking up crying. I’m very ready for him to grow out of this…

  3. Plowmanators
    December 15, 2008 / 10:02 PM

    Stephanie, I would go back to 3 hours until she is STTN. I ama not sure what bottle method you are talking about in the book…Once she learns to self-soothe, things should get better. She most likely won’t be able to make it through a transition (that happens at 45 minutes) until she knows how to soothe herself. Also at night, babies wake up in the night. If they don’t know how to put themselves back to sleep, then they can’t. So I would really focus on that.

  4. The Cleary Family
    December 18, 2008 / 5:24 PM

    Thank you! When I go back to a three hour routine, is it ok if she is only awake for an hour? She seems sleepy after only an hour to an hour and a half of wake time and if she transitions well, will sleep for up to two hours.The bottle method I was talking about is that the 45-min intruder is a feeding issue. I have tried feeding her, but that doesn’t always work.Lately she seems to have been able to soothe herself back to sleep a little easier. I put a white noise machine in her room and I don’t know if that is what has made the difference but she has napped and slept at night better since doing so.

  5. Plowmanators
    December 29, 2008 / 10:21 PM

    Stephanie, yes, at that age Kaitlyn was still only having about 1 hour waketimes. I am glad she is improving in self soothing 🙂

  6. Kathy
    January 27, 2009 / 6:54 PM

    my baby is 7mos old and her 2nd nap is terrible; i’m talking between 30-45mins and on a good day which is VERY RARE, no longer than 1hr 10mins. because of this, she still has to have a 3rd nap to get to bed time (7pm). i’ve tried everything from giving her more solids, to playing with wake times (shortening/extending etc) and nothing seems to work. she never wakes up crying so i don’t know if she’s undertired or overtired and goes down easily for all naps. do you have any suggestions??

  7. Plowmanators
    February 2, 2009 / 6:31 PM

    Kathy,They only things I can suggest based on what I know are the things listed in these posts:5-8 Month Sleep Disruptions : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/05/6-month-sleep-disruptions.htmlChronic 45 Minute Naps : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/09/chronic-45-minute-naps.html45 Minute Intruder: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/01/45-minute-intruder.htmlNaps: Troubleshooting: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2007/12/naps-troubleshooting.htmlGood luck! And it is perfectly normal for a 7 month old to have a third nap still; most drop it around 8 months old. Some younger, some older.

  8. Paige
    March 30, 2009 / 10:04 PM

    Hello. I am a first time mom in need of some serious help. My daughter is five months old (22 weeks) I am trying to figure out her new “wake time” length. Since I have been reading in the book and on your blog that I can expect two 2 hour naps and a cat nap in the evening. For the past two weeks I have written everything done to see trends, and can’t. I try to extend her wake time in small increments and she still is waking up early. So then, I try to cut back the wake time to just an hour and again…..she wakes up early! I am very much wanting to get on a four hour schedule bc she just started foods, but I can’t seem to figure her out. Her wake time has been 1 hour 15 minutes, but again, I am trying to get her to go longer. What do I do? I have searched your blog for sample five month schedules but can’t find them. I am familiar with the 45 min intruder as well. I also have read almost every comment you have on nap problems. BUT it doesn’t say how to achieve extending the wake time. My second problem is that she has been sleeping through the night since 7 weeks. A true BW baby. Recently, during this crazy time, she has been waking up at 5:30 in the am. Her normal wake up time is 7am. I go in, pat her, replace the paci, and she falls back a sleep to her normal wake time. Is this just a phase? Do I let her CIO?

  9. Plowmanators
    April 16, 2009 / 9:51 PM

    Paige, see this post for the four hour schedule:When to Move to a 4 hour Schedule: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2007/12/when-to-move-to-4-hour-schedule.htmlSee this post for extending waketime:Waketime: Length, Extending, and Calculating: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/02/waketime-length-extending-and.htmlandOptimal Waketime Lengths : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/07/optimal-waketime-lengths.htmlFor the 5:30 waking, that is normal for many babies. How you respond is up to you, but just know that what you do can have long-term affects. So if she is happy, I would just leave her alone. See also this post:5-8 Month Sleep Disruptions : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/05/6-month-sleep-disruptions.html

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What was the average length of naps for baby ages 7-9 weeks? (approximate)

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Results:

45 minutes or less: 21 votes (17%)
1 hour: 16 votes (13%)
1 hour 15 minutes: 11 votes (9%)
1.5 hours: 27 votes (22%)
1 hour 45 minutes: 18 votes (14%)
2 hours: 21 votes (17%)
More than 2 hours: 7 votes (5%)

Total of 121 votes

valplowman

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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14 Comments

  1. The Grewe Crew
    November 6, 2008 / 10:25 PM

    I feel like I’m doing everything wrong. Please help! 🙁 My daughter is now 5.5 months old and is still on a 2.5-3hr. schedule. She was sleeping through the night until about 4months. Then all of a sudden she started waking up at night. The ONLY thing that calms her down is her pacifier. Top that off with the fact that she was just diagnosed with plagiocephaly and is in her first day of wearing her DOC Band (helmet). I am a mess. There is no such thing as a schedule anymore and I’m so discouraged,I just dont know how to get back on track. I’m struggling most with CIO and worrying about the new adjustment to the helmet. HELP! I feel like a big fat failure! I want my Babywise sanity back! What am I doing wrong?

  2. ProudMum
    November 10, 2008 / 9:59 AM

    hello ,thankyou for posting all these wonderful blogs. I learnt a lot from these posts. 1. I have learnt that Kaitlyn didnt get teeth until 10 months. when she got her first tooth? and what were exactly symtoms just before tooth coming and how long it took to come out for ur daughter?2. It might sound strange but I want to ask as first time mom, when u had urs first baby or other first time moms on this website, did they ever wonder why their baby is doing strange things. Since I read about autism , I am scared and noting every act of my baby I also went to doctor , she said baby is fine . Now she is 8.5 months old. Babies do bang heads, they love to play alone etc etc. thanx

  3. Plowmanators
    November 10, 2008 / 10:20 PM

    Grewe Crew, You aren’t doing anything wrong. I am sure the helmet contributes to her sleep not being as good. I can’t imagine sleeping well with a helmet–I don’s sleep well without my certain pillow! 😉 Also, four months can be a tricky time. See this page:http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/search/label/4%20month%20sleep%20problems

  4. Plowmanators
    November 10, 2008 / 10:25 PM

    1. Kaitlyn really didn’t have teething symptoms. She was pretty easy about things. It seemed she teethed forever. You can see the gums get white with pressure, then a little hole appears, followed by a tooth. Kaitlyn had white pressure for months with some teeth. Brayden only had it for a day or two before showing up. See this page for more: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/search/label/teething2. As far as worrying goes, it is normal to worry. That is what moms do 🙂 I personally don’t worry about autism, but I was convinced Kaitlyn was going to die at any moment for absolutely no reason for her first couple of months. You will worry often 🙂

  5. susanne
    November 11, 2008 / 4:41 AM

    My son is 7 weeks old. He is on a 2.5/3 hour combo schedule. His optimal wake time is 40-60 minutes in length. He currently only naps for 40-60 minutes. If he is only awake for 40-60 min then he should be napping for 1.5-2 hours. What am I doing wrong? He wakes from his naps crying. I will let him cry, but he usually cries for longer than 20 minutes, which indicates to me it is hunger (because I use CIO other times and he usually only cries 10-15 minutes if he is not hungry). I breast feed and give him a full feeding because he seems content after the feedings. He is gaining weight well so I am not concerned about my milk supply or him not getting enough to eat. Any suggestions on how to get him to nap longer? Could my son be a short napper? Or is this the 45 minute intruder?

  6. Ashley & Chadwick
    November 11, 2008 / 4:52 PM

    My son will be 10 weeks old tomorrow and he is somtimes having a hard time napping. There are 2 parts to my question. First, he is on a 3 hour schedule and it seems to be working fine as far as feeding. However, his awake time is only about 1 hour. So that means he sleeps for 2 hours before his next feeding. I know BW says that anpes should be about 1.5 hours on a 3 hour schedule. Are his 2 hour naps too long? Should I try to force him to stay awake longer? I feel like he will jsut get fussy if I do. He also is not sleeping through the ngiht yet. He only wakes up once per ngiht b/t 10:30pm and 7:00am. Do you think his long naps could be contributing to not sleeping through the night?Second, my son seems to be a very light sleeper during thsoe transitions between sleep phases. About 45 minutes into each nap, he starts talking some and making noise. Sometimes he can get himself back to sleep. Other times he cannot. Do you think this could be related to the fact that his naps are too long (as mentioned above). Is there anything else i can do to help him get back to sleep through these transitions?Thanks for your blog. It is so helpful.

  7. Plowmanators
    November 12, 2008 / 5:29 PM

    Susanne, Could be the 45 minute intruder. There is a growth spurt at 6 weeks, so that could be it. See the blog label “45 minute intruder” for more ideas on solving that problem. Also see the blog “growth spurts”. Blog labels are on the left side of the screen on each page.

  8. Anonymous
    April 12, 2011 / 3:51 PM

    I need some serious advice with how my baby naps….do you still answer these comments??

  9. Plowmanators
    April 12, 2011 / 4:36 PM

    Yes I do

  10. Stanselmdoc
    June 16, 2011 / 2:03 PM

    From all the poll results, it looks like my baby sleeping only 30-40 minutes at 7 weeks is pretty normal (thought it was a growth spurt, but she's not hungry when I try to feed her after only 1.5-2 hours), and that she'll get the hang of it eventually. But I need practical advice about what to do when she does wake up.She wakes up crying, but I don't want to go in immediately. I have a 2 year old to take care of, and can't be always in the baby room. So, I'd like to start CIO, but can't for another week or so until our schedule of activities dies down enough to stay consistent.She doesn't care for the swing, so I can't just put her in that. I could try letting her cry and just going in every 5-10-or 15 minutes, but that usually means she'll end up crying for a solid hour or so.I suppose I could just get her up and see if she'll play. At this point, I'm more focused on getting her metabolism settled than her naps.What do you think?Some other advice I need in terms of troubleshooting: let's say I cut her wake time back 15 minutes. Does it only take ONE nap to figure out if that's the problem? B/c I've been trying to cut back wake time for 2 days with no results. Is that long enough to determine, yeah, it's probably not that she's awake too long? So if it's not fixed after one nap, is that my answer?

  11. Plowmanators
    July 17, 2011 / 4:40 AM

    Stanselmdoc, I think getting her up to play is a good option for stabelizing metabolism.Cutting waketime, a lot of times you get it in one nap, but sometimes it takes a few days. I would give it a few days before trying something new.

  12. Krista
    February 7, 2012 / 12:31 AM

    My 6 week old will only sleep for 35-40min and then wakes up crying. If I pick her up she'll fall back asleep, others she cries and cries and can't seem to calm herself down. She is swaddled. Is this the transition period? How do I know? Any suggestions?

  13. Plowmanators
    February 26, 2012 / 12:24 AM

    Krista, it could be a growth spurt. It could also be just her learning how to sleep. I would make sure it is not a growth spurt, and if not, be sure to see my "newborn sleep heirarchy" post.

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What was the average length of naps for baby ages 0-2 weeks? (approximate)

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Results:

45 minutes: 9 votes (8%)
1 hour: 5 votes (4%)
1 hour 15 minutes: 2 votes (1%)
1 hour 30 minutes: 16 votes (15%)
2 hours: 31 votes (30%)
2+ hours–baby would sleep all day if I let him!: 38 votes (37%)

Total of 101 votes

valplowman

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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