Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Stephanie says

    Thanks for this article. We’ve been struggling with our 6.5 month old for the last few weeks. After about 4 months old he started taking mostly 30-40 minute naps. He used to take long naps – but he was always in the carrier when he was little. It was once we started trying to get him to nap on his own. Now he still takes short naps and if he’s up early enough will still need 4 naps to get us through the day. But he always fights the last nap – whether it is the 3rd or 4th one. I’ve been trying for a couple weeks to change our schedule and lengthen naps but he isn’t having it. He just started crawling and I know it’s a big development time right now for him. I know we’ve developed some sleep associations now just because I’ve been trying to get him to sleep. We always shoot for bedtime by 7:00, but on days he skips his last nap, we do it closer to 6. He’s happy generally and doesn’t get fussy unless he’s hungry. Should we keep working on lengthening naps, or would we benefit from trying for two naps. The morning nap gap is the hardest part of the day, but he doesn’t seem to want to sleep after 3:00pm ?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! 6 months can be really hard just because babies are in such a transition stage. We do usually recommend keeping as many naps as you can, especially if baby is taking shorter naps no matter what you do. A lot of babies only start to lengthen their naps out on their own around 6 months-old anyway. We have an article about short naps that might help you here:

      I’m not a sleep consultant, but we do usually recommend working on dropping any sleep associations first, and just move bedtime up if you need to and it’s no disrupting the rest of his day. Some babies just need early bedtimes during transitions, and you can always scootch it back to 7 later once his naps lengthen out. I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have any other questions!

  2. Katie says

    Hi! My almost 5 month old just started taking a longer first nap, 1.5 hours. He was previously taking 3-4 25-45 min naps/day. Trouble is since he has been taking the longer first one, we cannot put him down again for his next naps! Yesterday he went down 4 hours after his first nap (despite multiple attempts) and slept for 34 min. He has also been difficult to put down at night, and wakes up a lot throughout the night. He is been waking for the day around 8 am. Are these signs he only needs 2 naps? How long awake between 1st and 2nd nap do you recommend? And then before bed? Thanks so much!

    • Neosha says

      @Katie – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. It’s great to hear that our little guy’s first nap is going well – it’s a pretty important one! We generally expect to see a 5 month old taking 3-4 naps per day for a total of 3-4 hours per day along with 11-12 hours of sleep at night, though this varies baby to baby. From what you described, you may want to consider revisiting his entire day schedule to be sure you’re asking him to sleep at the right times. If you haven’t taken a look at our sample schedules, you can check out the one for his age group here: If you find you need or would like a bit more support, please consider connecting with one of our expert sleep consultants for more guidance. Thanks again for reading, Katie!

  3. Miranda Hardy Ellis says

    I have a 6 month baby who will only take two naps. The first nap 2-3 hrs and the second at least an hour. He sleeps 11-12 hours at night. He’s awake between naps for 3 hour stretches. Is that bad for him to be awake that long? He seems happy and well rested. He will fight me if I try to make him take that third nap

    • Danielle says

      Hi Miranda,
      Thanks for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! Although the majority of 6 month-olds need three naps, we have definitely bumped into babies this age who do fine on 2 solid naps a day. If your son is sleeping well at night, getting enough cumulative day sleep, and making it to bedtime without signs of overtiredness, then your schedule as-is is fine. I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have any other questions!