The better your baby naps during the day, the more smoothly your nights will go. The length of your baby’s naps will vary from 20 to 30 minutes to an hour or more, but I recommend capping naps at no more than 2 hours long. Yes — I’m telling you to wake your sweet, snuggly, sleeping baby.
When should I cap my baby’s naps?
A nap exceeds two hours.
If your baby takes multiple naps a day, I strongly suggest capping naps when they reach 2 hours so he still has time for another nap or two before bedtime.
Is a 3 hour nap too long baby?
During the day, your baby will usually have 2 or 3 sleeps. It is a good idea not to let him sleep for too long (perhaps no more than 2 hours) especially late in the day, as he may not sleep as long during the night. You may want to wake him gently when you see him stirring.
Should I let baby nap longer than 2 hours?
It’s not healthy to let your baby nap more than two or three hours at a time, as it might negatively affect their sleep at night, Dr. Lonzer says. Gently wake your baby after a couple hours if they’re prone to long naps.
Why do CAPS nap at 2 hours?
Finally, limiting naps to 2 hours will slowly help you fit in more feedings during the day so your baby can eventually lengthen the time between feedings at night.
Should babies nap after 5pm?
It is usually best not to start an evening nap after 5-6 pm and – instead, move bedtime up a little during the transition phase. Most babies are sleeping about 3 hours total during the day at this point. By 18 months children drop down to one nap. This nap often occurs mid-day and may vary in length from 1-3 hours.
Should baby go to bed early if missed nap?
If your child normally gets enough sleep, but misses a nap on occasion or has a gap of wakefulness that is too long, then you’ll want to offer a somewhat early bedtime to compensate.
Why do babies fight sleep so hard?
It’s likely that they’re feeling some separation anxiety, which can show up at bedtime as well. Often seen anywhere from 8 to 18 months, your baby may fight sleep because they don’t want you to leave.