What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for 10-11 months? (includes feeding time)

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Results:

  • 75-90 minutes: 4 votes (2%)
  • 1.5-2 hours 18 votes (9%)
  • 2-2.5 hours 78 votes (38%)
  • 2.5-3 hours 41 votes (20%)
  • 3-3.5 hours 44 votes (21%)
  • 3.5 hours or more 22 votes (11%)

Total of 207 votes

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What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for 9-10 months? (includes feeding time)

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Results:

75-90 minutes: 6 votes (4%)
1.5-1.75 hours: 11 votes (8%)
1.75-2 hours: 10 votes (7%)
2-2.25 hours: 20 votes (15%)
2.25-2.5 hours: 23 votes (17%)
2.5-3 hours: 35 votes (26%)
3-3.5 hours: 21 votes (15%)
3.5 hours or more: 6 votes (4%)

Total of 132 votes

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12 Comments

  1. Reds
    January 28, 2009 / 7:36 PM

    My son is almost 11 months, I was wondering how much he should be eating. He eats a mix of stage 3 foods and table foods but I’m not sure what quantity is too much. I am lucky b/c he is a great eater and he doesn’t really refuse food.Also, do you sit your kids down for snacks? My son only eats 3 meals, and if we are out somewhere, I will give him crackers/drink.thanks!

  2. Maureen
    January 28, 2009 / 9:15 PM

    I am always amazed by these wake time polls! The majority of 9-10 month-olds are up for 2.5-3 hours? Lucas is 15 months and just recently stretched it out to 2 hours!Reds, have you read BW II? Chapter 3 talks about mealtimes. You might find your answer there.Maureen

  3. Rachel Stella
    January 28, 2009 / 9:51 PM

    Reds,I’d just feed your LO until he is full. Most kids at this age are on three meals a day with a snack between lunch and dinner.When I give my son snacks at home he either sits on my lap or in his highchair. I don’t let him roam around. If we are out and about the rules vary a bit, though I usually have him sit in his stroller.

  4. Reds
    January 29, 2009 / 10:27 PM

    thanks for your advice, it just seems like he’s never full! I’ll keep it going and incorporate a snack in the afternoon, I think that will help!thanks again!

  5. Plowmanators
    February 3, 2009 / 8:48 PM

    Reds,It really depends on the child. Brayden probably ate at least 4 times the amount of food as Kaitlyn per meal, but wasn’t a lot larger than she was percentile-wise.I think Brayden at a lot. You can see: Solids: How Much Food Will Baby Eat?: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2007/12/solids-how-much-food-will-baby-eat.html to see how much he ate.As Rachel said, most kids will stop eating when they are full. There are some, however, that cannot regulate themselves and need to be regulated. What I would do is feed him until he is full and watch his weight. If it stays about what it has percentile-wise, then go by his cue. If it shoots up and his pedi is concerned, you will have to figure out the right amount and go with that. You also might want to check out the book Super Baby Food:(see the blog label Super Baby Food).For snacks, I don’t let them wander around, but they aren’t always sitting at the table. But they don’t roam at will while eating. I am a little too OCD for that :)While out, I think it is totally fine to give him snacks to hold him over and keep him happy. That would be in line with the context of the situation.Also, our snacks are in the morning between breakfast and lunch, but most do seem to do snacks between lunch and dinner like Rachel said.

  6. Plowmanators
    February 3, 2009 / 8:49 PM

    Maureen, his waketime is quite low for his age range. I would say these results are typical (though Kaitlyn was lower also). How did your doctor visit go this weekend?

  7. Kelly
    July 10, 2009 / 3:55 PM

    We have been doing BW since birth. My daugther is 10 months old and for the past month we've had napping issues. I can't seem to figure out the culprit. I'm guessing it's waketime but shorter and longer times haven't been working. Her schedule now is 7:15, 9:45 nap (ranges 1-1.75 hours), 11:30 eat, 1:45 nap (ranges 45 min – 2 hours), 3:30 snack, 5:15 bf/dinner, 7:30 bf & bed. Any suggestions? I'm going crazy without consistent nap lengths.

  8. Plowmanators
    July 30, 2009 / 9:59 PM

    Kelly,Has life been busy and disrupted with summer activities? Has temperature changed? Has she been working on new skills?The best thing to do in these situations is to think back to what things were like when she was sleeping well and what they are like now. What is different? If nothing is different, try extending waketime, but add only 5 minutes at a time and go from there. Also, be sure she isn't waking early in the morning. If so, she would need to go down earlier and be overly tired by the time morning nap comes around.

  9. Sarah Kirksey
    November 18, 2009 / 9:05 PM

    My daughter is 9 months old, and her waketime is usually about 1 hour 45 minutes or 2 hours before she gets really fussy and tired acting. A good nap for her is about 1 hour 45 minutes, though most are shorter. Do I need to work on stretching out her waketime? Otherwise, I'm not sure that we'll ever get to a 4 hour schedule! 🙂

  10. Plowmanators
    December 3, 2009 / 10:59 PM

    Sarah, you can try it, but be careful. An overly tired baby will often wake early, so if naps get shorter, then go back to the shorter waketime.

  11. Ryan & Amber
    July 30, 2010 / 4:25 AM

    I have a question about these waketime lengths. My daughter will be 10 months on the 5th, and she is extending her waketime to about 2.25-2.5 hours. Shorter waketimes for her were giving us shorter naps (she's always been this way when she needs to extend her waketime…she's one of the rare ones 🙂 ). When she's up for 2.25 hours, she will consistently take the minimum nap and will actually sleep for 2 hours for at least one nap. This can put us at 5 hours between nursing sessions, though, and I don't really like that. How would you handle this?

  12. Plowmanators
    August 4, 2010 / 5:42 PM

    If she is up for 2.25 hours, then sleep 2 hours, that should put her at eating 4.25 hours right? I would just be sure to get her up at 2 hour of a nap. I think 4.25 hours is fine.

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Poll Results: What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for ages 6-7 Months? (waketime length includes feeding time)?

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Results:

60-75 minutes: 1 vote (1%)
75-90 minutes: 7 votes (8%)
1.5-1.75 hours: 9 votes (10%)
1.75-2 hours: 30 votes (34%)
2-2.25 hours: 26 votes (30%)
2.25-2.5 hours: 7 votes (8%)
2.5 hours or more: 6 votes (6%)

Total of 86 votes

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  1. BreeG
    July 4, 2009 / 10:03 PM

    Love the blog! My first son was BW all the way and fell right in line with the plan. My second son, currently 6 months, is all over the map. He is on approx a 3 hr schedule and I have never been able to get him to 4 hrs because he has been a chronic 40 min napper since birth. I think I've finally figured out that I've been keeping him up too long, but now that I'm working on that, here's what's happening: Up at 7am, down at 8am (no fuss, falls asleep in 5-10 mins), sleeps for 1hr 20 mins. Possibly seems sleepy after waking. Awake for another hr, back down for an hr. After that, I'm not sure where to go. He just plays if I put him back down after an hour, but then gets fussy quickly if I get him up. IF/when he finally goes to sleep (around the 1.5-2.5 hr mark with some fuss), he sleeps for a good 2 hrs. Do I need to let him CIO to extend his 1st nap? Then maybe his waketimes will extend? He has slept thru the night for the past 4 nights with little/no effort on our part. Thanks!

  2. Plowmanators
    July 28, 2009 / 7:35 PM

    BreeG,It sounds like your first waketime is okay for him since he is taking a longer nap. I would stick with that and then work on waketime lengths that follow. Try 65 minutes for waketime 2 and see how it goes. An 80 minute nap is a good length. It is doubtful that he would be tired enough to fall back asleep if you left him to CIO. You can leave him for 5-10 minutes to see if he will go back to sleep, but if not, I would just continue forward and work on perfecting that second waketime. Once that is down, work on the third. etc. Good luck!

  3. K. Camille Stevens
    October 21, 2010 / 9:43 PM

    My little boy is 10 days shy of 6 months and doesn't seem to be able to handle waketimes longer than an hour. It's pretty frustrating for me because he ends up spending so much time in his crib all day, and the time he spends awake is half taken up by nursing so I don't feel like I get very much time at all to interact with him, play, stimulate learning, etc. To complicate matters, it sometimes seems like I am putting him down pretty much right after he nurses when I take into account the waketime he has had in his crib before I go and get him when he wakes early. This has been happening more frequently lately because he will wake up to an hour early and just babble or lightly fuss, so I leave him for a few minutes to see if he will settle back down. I keep thinking, "just another few minutes and I am sure he will sleep.." and the next thing I know, he's been up for 45 minutes to an hour already i nhis crib and it's time to feed him. Meanwhile, I end up feeling like I've just wasted all of his waketime for that cycle. Any advice? Please help! 🙁

  4. Plowmanators
    November 4, 2010 / 9:13 PM

    K. Camille Stevens,See the posts "waketime when they wake early" and "waketime when baby wakes early". By 6 months old, you can almost ignore time awake in the crib. This is a time when you can start having naps at set times each day no matter what else is going on. There will still be exceptions, but for the most part, you can do that. Since he is waking early, I would suggest you try keeping him up a little longer. I usually say to add 5 minutes at a time. You might be able to add 15 at first and then do an additional 5 after that as you troubleshoot.

  5. Tiffany
    February 28, 2012 / 10:50 PM

    My son, 6 months old, has an average waketime of 2 hours but in the evening it is 4 hours. Is this too long? He wakes from his nap at 3 goes to bed at 7. I have tried extending his nap but he will not sleep past 3. f I put him down for a 30 min nap at 5 and extend his bed time to 7:30 he does not seem to sleep well. When he stays up from 3-7 he does get pretty cranky between 6:15 and 6:30 but I am not sure what else to do b/c I want him to have good night time sleep.

  6. Plowmanators
    March 20, 2012 / 4:16 AM

    Tiffany, if he sleeps well then it is totally fine!

  7. Heather
    July 22, 2012 / 4:24 AM

    My son used to take two hour morning naps. He is 5.5 months now and when he turned 5 months he switched to 25-40 min naps all day! I can't figure out he new WT or NT. he is up at 6 am like clockwork and tired between an hour and two hours but always a short nap followed by another short nap. His third of the day is the only one of length ranging from1-2hrs. How do I get the longer morning naps???

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What was/is baby’s approximate optimal waketime length for ages 6-8 Weeks? (waketime length includes feeding time)?

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Results:

30-40 minutes: 8 votes (10%)
40-50 minutes: 17 votes (22%)
50-60 minutes: 28 votes (35%)
60- 70 minutes: 17 votes (22%)
70-80 minutes: 5 votes (6%)
80 minutes or more: 4 votes (5%)

Total of 79* votes

*I don’t know if anyone else had major difficulty voting this week, but I did. It never would let me vote, so I added my vote in.

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  1. Amanda
    July 7, 2008 / 8:38 PM

    I’m a little confused. It seems like there could be an “optimal” waketime that is very different than what actually is occurring. What is recommended? It looks like 60 minutes is the average, but is that the “right” amount of time we should be aiming for? thank you!

  2. Plowmanators
    July 8, 2008 / 4:14 PM

    Amanda,I am glad you asked this. I will do a post on it for tomorrow.

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