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How Long Baby's Should Nap & Things to Remember?

Lipy
0 to 1 years

Created by Lipy*
Updated on Jun 13, 2019

How Long Babys Should Nap Things to Remember
Reviewed by Expert panel

A newborn baby’s sleep pattern can confuse any mother, but this is nothing unusual. It is tough, no doubt, but there is a relief when the child gradually starts to grow older. A quick guide that will tell you how to get a baby nap at different age stages, how careful you should be & many more things related to baby napping

Baby Napping

Often mothers complain of babies having erratic nap patterns. There is nothing unusual in this. Babies take time to develop a sleep pattern or schedule, especially the newborns. The first two months are the toughest. During this period, the baby sleeps and wakes round-the-clock. With time, nap times become longer and predictable. This, of course, helps the mother plan her day’s activities better.

How to Get Baby to Nap 4 Months to 1 Year? 

After the erratic sleep patterns of the newborn period when the baby was still getting used to the how and the when to sleep, comes the next phase. Close to the fourth month, the baby gradually develops an identifiable sleep pattern. If the baby hasn’t, then observe when and how s/he falls asleep as cue. Babies most likely nap at least twice a day — once in the morning and once in the early afternoon. There are others, who need a late afternoon nap. Some babies nap a total of three or more hours during the day, others upto 5 hours or more.

How to Get Baby to Nap One Year & Above?

This is a change-over year. Now the baby will gradually drop his or her morning nap. Mostly, s/he will only nap in the afternoon, often for a period of two to three hours. If this is the pattern, then consider scaling up the baby's naptime during the day and bedtime at night by a half hour to help the baby adjust and get enough rest. Even when they grow older, children continue taking afternoon naps.

The key for every parent to remember is that every baby is different. Hence, nap schedules can differ considerably. So, stay in tune with your baby to help set a good sleep pattern for her/him. 

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Apr 13, 2016

Helpful tips. Thanks

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| Apr 14, 2016

My baby sleeps but gets up even by a small sound what do to?

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| Apr 14, 2016

Every baby has a different sleep pattern. Some babies are less affected by noise, some are easily affected. The best is to create an environment to make less noise. In any case, a little noise is ok. Eventually, the baby will get used to the intermittent noise also and sleep through it as well.

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| Apr 15, 2016

@Priyanka……………If the baby's hunger is not satisfied fully, thy may b interrupted evn by little noise ( acc to my exp)

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| Apr 15, 2016

@Priyanka……………If the baby's hunger is not satisfied fully, thy may b interrupted evn by little noise ( acc to my exp)

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| Apr 19, 2016

Thanks

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| Apr 19, 2016

Its true but my 6 mo ths old son sleep as n when he requires is that ok

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| Apr 19, 2016

Yes, it is absolutely fine. Let the baby sleep as and when he feels comfortable. It helps the baby's growth.

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| Jun 15, 2016

Thank you

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| Jun 15, 2016

My 6 months old baby is awake through out the night and starts sleeping by 5am.. How could I change this habit? I've to rejoin office from my maternity leave..

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| Jun 22, 2016

my 7 m ols babu does not sleep the whole day. from day 1 she keeps on crying. i thought after joining office her habits might change. but not here. she has grown more ziddi. please advise

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| Jul 14, 2016

my baby awake through out the night and sleep 3am. and sleep day time. how can i change timings

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| Jul 19, 2016

my baby is 13months old and had a good sleeping schedule. but from last month she sleeps by 11:30 pm but wake up early morning by 2:30am and wants to play. then she sleeps back by 5 or 6 am. during the day she takes a nap of 2 to 3 he's. BT what should be done about the sleep pattern at night. any suggestions...

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| Jul 24, 2016

My baby is 6 months plus she still wakes up 3-4 times in the night. When will she start sleeping through the night?

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| Sep 30, 2016

I can see usually people complaining of baby not sleeping at night my baby is 2 mo and sleeps through night hardly waking up once in mid . is it fine or should we check with pediatric?

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| May 21, 2017

Hi.. My baby sleeps well but sometimes she suddenly starts crying in her mid sleep. I am very much confused on this act of her. Any suggestions?

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| May 26, 2017

hi Tasneem I am a mother too and my baby does the same ..don't allow her to sleep in morning ..then only she will start sleeping at night ..

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| May 30, 2017

my baby is 11 months but hardly sleeps during day time...... if he sleeps then for only 20to30 minutes ...I need suggestions to make him sleep longer.

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| May 30, 2017

My baby just entered in his 4th mth,but from 3rd month only he has developed good sleep pattern. Sleeps between 9-10 pm ,wakes up once and then early morning. His he almost completes his 10-12hrs of nice night sleep from 9-8am. Day time from 10. 30 -3pm and then he plays all the time having short naps in between.

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| Jun 30, 2017

My baby does not sleep at all at night pls suggest she is one and half month old

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| Aug 24, 2017

My baby is 1 year and 2 montha old. She generally wake-up at 8 or 8. 30 in the morning and then again go to sleep at 10. 30 or 11 o'clock. And gets up at 12 or 12. 30 noon. And then again go to sleep at 3. 30 or 4 wakes up at 6 or 6. 30 pm. And she finally goes to bed at 11. 30 in the night. Ia thia routine normal for one year old baby or my sleeps a lot. Or ahould i change the routine. ?

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| Nov 16, 2018

Hi, the blog is very informative and insightful. I agree with all the facts which has been told in this blog. I must say there is a case of sleep deprivation has to be faced. I got used to this rituals and I must say the love bond between mom and baby starts from there when we actually having a baby. I used to wrap up my baby with soft organic cotton muslin swaddle from softsensbaby. com which has truly satisfied my baby with its softness of cloth. And my baby used to enjoy and used to have a deep sleep inside it.

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| Nov 28, 2018

my baby couldn't sleep constantly at night & he slept only once time in whole day rather he playing & playing... what can i do

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| Jul 15, 2019

hi..... my baby is 4months old and he put his thumb in his mouth all most all the time plz tell me what can i do

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