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Old Feb 6th, 2013, 06:48 AM   1
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Set nap time???


Right now I just let the babies sleep during the day when they feel like it. If they are awake after feeding I play with them. Sometimes they fall asleep while I burp them so I let them sleep. There is no rhyme or reason to their naps. We do have a bed time routine and they only wake once at night to eat. Just wondering if and when I should try for set nap time during the day. What are the benefits?



 
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Old Feb 6th, 2013, 07:41 AM   2
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Nope, we still don't do set nap times! We are mostly baby led and I know generally how long his awake period is and therefore when he needs a nap... currently it's 3-4 hours but we're in a weird transition period between dropping to one nap I think so that's fairly inaccurate right now lol. After 6 months we did start helping to encourage a nap by going to a darker room with white noise since he no longer just fell asleep anywhere. His naps generally fell around the same time everyday, but I didn't try for a certain time iykwim.

The way I see it, if they wake at 8am one day they may need a nap by 9 or 10 but what if they wake early one day at 6am? you can't make them stay up 4 hours to stretch til nap time at 10 so personally I just don't see set times working, it would stress me out too much. I know with my baby there is no way he's sleeping if he's not tired and I don't want to deal with a grumpy baby trying to stretch out his awake time so baby led works for us!

Routines work for some people too though, hopefully they'll chime in!

Your babies are adorable!!



 
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Old Feb 6th, 2013, 07:44 AM   3
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I didn't do set nap times until dd was about 8 months old and she dropped to two naps. Before then, I would just make sure she slept after a certain amount of wake time (I think at two months she lasted an hour and a half between naps).

Your babies are so young, their naps will be changing a lot so it would be hard, and probably counterproductive, to do set times at this age.



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Old Feb 6th, 2013, 07:55 AM   4
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At 2 months, Robyn just fell asleep whenever she was tired! You couldn't make her sleep if she didn't want to, or wake her if she was tired, so no point even trying for a routine.

By 3 months, it was fairly predictable she could stay awake for 90 minutes. Now she's starting to lengthen that to 2 hours. So I just put her down whenever she seems tired/has been awake long enough.



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Old Feb 6th, 2013, 09:03 AM   5
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We never did/do set nap times, it was just setting us all up for failure to be honest. One day she can be up from 10-4pm with no naps and another day she'll have 2 naps in that time. I just follow her lead and see what she feels like doing that day.



 
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Old Feb 6th, 2013, 10:25 AM   6
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Nope, we still don't do set nap times! We are mostly baby led and I know generally how long his awake period is and therefore when he needs a nap... currently it's 3-4 hours but we're in a weird transition period between dropping to one nap I think so that's fairly inaccurate right now lol. After 6 months we did start helping to encourage a nap by going to a darker room with white noise since he no longer just fell asleep anywhere. His naps generally fell around the same time everyday, but I didn't try for a certain time iykwim.

The way I see it, if they wake at 8am one day they may need a nap by 9 or 10 but what if they wake early one day at 6am? you can't make them stay up 4 hours to stretch til nap time at 10 so personally I just don't see set times working, it would stress me out too much. I know with my baby there is no way he's sleeping if he's not tired and I don't want to deal with a grumpy baby trying to stretch out his awake time so baby led works for us!

Routines work for some people too though, hopefully they'll chime in!

Your babies are adorable!!
sorry Dont mean to hijack thread but just wanted to see how ur transition is going and how long it's taking? I've been wondering on and off for the last two months if my baby is trying to drop to one nap (early I know but she dropped to two early too)

some days I'm convinced she's ready for just one then other days I'm sure she needs two still......it's driving me a little nuts, like u I've always tried to follow lo, but it can get tiring not knowing whether bedtime will be 6 or 8 as lo needs to be awake for a certain amount of time before she will sleep!



 
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