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#1 of 5 Old 10-04-2009, 09:08 AM - Thread Starter
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DS has rarely napped longer than forty mins no matter what I do. This hasn't been an issue since I've ensured he takes lots of naps. However now at nine months he's just not tired enough to take three- I really have to force it. On the otherhand, 2 forty minute naps a day is not a lot and he does get a little overtired.

What should I do? Drop to two? Hope they get longer in length? Do you think one hour twenty in naps is okay?


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Well, depends on the kid of course (and you would know best what your LO needs). But I think if he is getting plenty of sleep at night then he wouldn't need so much during the day. That amount of napping would be fine for my LO if she was sleeping 12+ hours a night. Can you move bedtime up a bit earlier?

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Is he happy? If he needs more sleep, he'll let you know! My DD dropped all sleeps but 1 at 3 1/2 months, but was totally happy. Untill she started crawling, and teething at 8 - 9 months, and dropped the last sleepand was miserable. S at that point we expermented, and got her to start taking two naps, as she seemed to need it.
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I don't think this is enough for any baby really, I would pick up a copy of No Cry Nap Solution and try to give a few of her great suggestions a try. Also remember that it might be a temporary thing not taking 3 naps due to development or teething.

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my DD is 7 months old and her naps are 40 minutes long too - she takes one mid-morning and the other when I walk to get DS from school around 3pm (sometimes that one is only half an hour) and that's it til bedtime around 8pm. I can't get her to nap any longer either - she naps the same in the cot or in the buggy! I'd like some tips too!
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