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Napping

How many hours of napping do newborns v 3 v 6 months need
Do you need to set a schedule or do they fall asleep on their own all the time?

thanks.
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Every kid is different.
Learn their habits and go from there.
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Generally there will be set nap times. For ours 2, wake up around 7-8, sleep 45 minis or so around 9 or so. Then a longer 2-3 hr around 12-2. Then maybe another 45-1 hr nap around 5pm. Then sleep time around 7:30-8.
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each kid is different.

sometimes kid try to flight the sleep. my wife used to put our kid to an afternoon nap since he was young , he used to try sometimes not wanted to sleep but that was actually means he was sleepy :)

he is 4 now, and i guess used to it.... still loves his afternoon naps after school. He can sleep for 2 hours
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Till my kids were around 6 months, 3 naps: 1 mid-morning around 9am for about 1hr, 1 at noon for 2hrs, then 1 around 4pm for about 1hr, then sleep at 7:30/8pm
6 months to 1yr, 2 naps. 1 at around 9:30am for about 45mins, then 1 at around 12:30pm for 2-2:30hrs,then sleep at 7:30pm
from 1yr till 2yrs old, 1 nap at 11:30/noon for 2-3hrs. sleep at 7:30/8pm.
Now he's 3, naps for 1-2hrs.
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Thanks - wow we're not getting much sleep at all for now but good to be prepared when he is older :D
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There's a trick that I read online about get longer naps. When my son was about 6 months, and during the noon-ish nap, he would wake up after 45mins everyday. So at 40 mins, I would go in the bedroom and wait till I see him start moving like he's about to wake up but eyes still closed, then I would rub his back and make shh sound to make him fall back to sleep. I did this for about 5 days until he stopped waking up after 45mins. He slept for 2 consecutive hours after that.
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gotta massage them and get them relaxed then they sleep longer
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springdays wrote:
Sep 28th, 2017 12:32 pm
Thanks - wow we're not getting much sleep at all for now but good to be prepared when he is older :D
The key is to make sure they don't nap too late in the afternoon/evening in which case they'll wake all night keeping you up in the process.
Use the guidelines of those above to "schedule" the times during the day you want your kid to sleep, such that their night time sleep period coincides with the time you go to bed as well.
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yes each kid is different...my daughter napped/slept way less than my son...he loves to sleep...even at age 4.5
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So it seems just see what they like? :D Interesting that babies sleep differently - thanks.
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yeah after some time u will notice pattern and will be able to see their 'schedule'.
Newborns sleep a lot more though
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Newborns sleep a lot, but it's very broken up...my first baby I felt like a zombie for the first 6 weeks, then I started getting 6 hours at night, then 8 hours... with my second (now 6 months) I didn't notice the extreme exhaustion I did with my first...probably due to years of lack of sleep and I'm now used to it. Both my daughters started giving me 6 hrs at night by 6 weeks.

Napping is different than the night sleep...each baby is so different. My newest baby didn't start having a schedule (I use that loosely) until about a month ago. She would sleep 8-9 hours at night, then have these little 20-30 min naps during the day...I felt like I was going crazy. Now she's on 3 good naps a day, she has a small one in the am, about 2 hrs in the afternoon and about 3 hours in the evening.

Relief will come, the newborn stage is a hazy time for parents.
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My daughter is 4 months old now and she starts getting fussy for a nap every 1-2 hours and naps for anywhere between 30 mins-2 hours each time. She ends up taking 3/4 naps a day depending on how long her naps are. No matter what time she wakes up at from her last nap, she needs to fall asleep for her night stretch by 8 pm or I'm in for a world of screaming as she will just fight sleep. She developed this schedule by 2.5 months, before that she would just sleep whenever without any set times.
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My kid is about a year an a half and he sleeps once or twice a day for 30 minutes. He's done that for almost a year. He'll sleep longer if he's in a moving car or someone is holding him, but we don't want to get into that habit.

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