Dropping to 2 naps?

(8 Posts)
Kokosjumping Thu 20-Oct-16 16:29:26

My baby is 7 months and usually has 3 naps. However the past week or so he has consistently refused his third nap, meaning he ends up having a good 4 hours of awake time before bed.

His "schedule" , such as it is, currently goes something like this:

Awake any time between 6 and 7.15 but generally closer to 7 than 6.

First nap 2 hours after waking, usually around 9am-10am but massively varies, sometimes 90 mins, sometimes 30 mins.

Second nap 3 hours or so after first nap ends, usually starts sometime between 12 and 1. Again hugely varied, sometimes short, sometimes long. He's generally awake by 2.30 at the latest.

I start his bedtime routine at 6 and he's usually asleep by 6.30. He then has feeds at about 10.30 and 3.30 (is bottle fed) though on a good night he might skip the 10.30 feed.

But to be awake from 2/2.30-6 seems like a crazy amount of awake time doesn't it?! And isn't 7 months quite young to transition to only one nap?

RNBrie Thu 20-Oct-16 16:34:30

As far as I know, it's quite normal to drop the afternoon nap by 7 months. So I'd expect him to have a morning nap of about an hour and then a longer lunch time nap. 12-2.30 is perfect. Then he should be able to manage till lunchtime.

My 4 month old only has 20 mins or so at 4pm which I expect her to drop sooner rather than later!

RNBrie Thu 20-Oct-16 16:35:10

Manage till lunchtime? I meant bed time! Sorry smile

Kokosjumping Thu 20-Oct-16 16:35:41

I'd love it if he'd do 12-2.30 but it is very very unusual for him to do longer than 90 mins

Tumtitum Thu 20-Oct-16 16:36:00

If he's happy and sleeps well at night I'd leave it! I think it's variable when they drop naps. DD is 8 months and is skipping between two and three naps at the moment. She always resists the third but some days like today she woke at 2 from her second nap and she goes to bed at 7.30 so would be way too long ! Although I am considering a move to a 6.30 bedtime... Anyway, some people follow a 2/3/4 schedule where the numbers are the hours of awake time between naps, sounds like your little one is doing that kind of routine!!

Kokosjumping Thu 20-Oct-16 16:40:41

I just worry he's getting overtired. Plus people keep saying he should be sleeping through by now.

Tumtitum Thu 20-Oct-16 17:03:30

Bollocks to sleeping through! The only babies I know (except one!) who sleep through at this age are rigorously sleep trained

spacefrog35 Thu 20-Oct-16 17:08:19

Ignore the 'sleeping through' thing unless it's a problem for you then it's not a problem for him!

My DD is the same age & her naps are all over the shop at the mo as well although she resolutely refuses to nap for longer than 45 mins sad

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