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DD is 6.5 months old and has been taking a mostly consistent morning nap for at least four months, roughly two hours after she wakes up in the morning. But her afternoon nap can be anywhere from two hours to five hours after her morning nap and lasts anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours, and she often wants to nurse for the entire duration. Her bedtime isn't consistent and she usually semi-wakes up and has to be nursed two or three times after she falls asleep before I come to bed. She also wakes at night at least once a week and is up for at least an hour then. Her sleep also doesn't seem restful as she tosses and turns quite a lot. What we do during the day doesn't seem to make too much of a difference to her sleeping, unless we go someplace or she meets new people.<br><br>
Can I look forward to a time when she'll take roughly the same afternoon nap every day? I thrive with schedules and I'm becoming a little batty after the past two weeks of really wacky sleeping. She's always slept less than normal and I'm not complaining about that. I'm just craving a little bit of consistency in the afternoons.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can I look forward to a time when she'll take roughly the same afternoon nap every day? I thrive with schedules and I'm becoming a little batty after the past two weeks of really wacky sleeping. She's always slept less than normal and I'm not complaining about that. I'm just craving a little bit of consistency in the afternoons.</div>
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I'm still waiting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My DS will be 3 next month.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm still waiting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My DS will be 3 next month.</div>
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LOL, I know that feeling, my DD1 has never slept at the same time and she's 4.5y. DD2 is 10m and all over the place but mainly because she is DC#2 so it's not like the house is exactly quiet.
 

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I have been reading The No-cry Sleep Solution, and it mentioned that babies circadian rhythms begin to regulate at around 40 weeks. Pantley says that this is hardly a guarantee that your child will begin sleeping on a more regular schedule, but that really you shouldn't expect them to sleep regularly at all before that time.<br><br>
My DS will be 40 weeks next week. Here's to hoping.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Well, DS has kept himself fairly consistent since about 3 weeks old (though not a schedule that's especially good for me! Just predictable). OTOH DH is 33 and hasn't developed a consistent schedule.
 

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None of my four has ever had a predictable nap time. Instead their naps co-incided with events like being in the sling walking to school.
 

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For us it was at about 2 years old that dd got into some sort of routine, though the times of each even could vary by as much as 2-3 hours. For example, it was at about that age that she started taking a nap at some point in the afternoon, and it was usually (but not always) at least 30 minutes, most of the time an hour long.
 

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My dd turned a year earlier this month. Since she was about 10 months she's been fairly consistent in her nap/bedtime/wake-up schedule. She goes down for a nap around 11:30am, sleeps for 2-3 hrs, goes to bed around 8-9pm and wakes up around 8-9am. I wouldn't set a clock by her or anything, but it's pretty regular. She also wakes up very frequently during the night, so I guess we all have our trade-offs! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
But as we all know, every child is different!
 

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never in my life have I had a consistant sleeping schedule, nor have my kids...<br><br>
So maybe next year 28 years old is the magic year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Ugh, DD changed her sleeping schedule again. Every night for about the past week, she's woken up at about three am. Last night I didn't even budge, just let her roll around for a bit before she wanted to nurse again. I should have gotten up and taken her to the potty because her diaper was sopping and we woke up in a lake.<br><br>
As far as the consistent afternoon nap, at least she does take an afternoon nap every day. This means I can snooze with her, which given the night waking, I'm happy to do.
 

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naptimes have evolved the way they usually do (from 3 naps to 2 and now he takes one). Besides that though the general nap times, wake up and bedtimes started to take shape around 4 mos.<br><br>
I read somewhere that babies can't stay awake longer than 2 hours. So that was helpful. We always got up at 7. Then he would go down at 9 (ish) .. and then the second nap was around 1 or 2. I structured our day around his naps so that they were kept reasonably consistent. Bedtime is always 7pm.<br><br>
At your sons age he took 2 naps. He followed the 2/3/4 thing that I read in some blog. First nap 2 hours after waking.. 2nd nap 3 hours after waking from that and bedtime 4 hours after waking from second nap.<br><br>
I'm actually not a scheduled person myself at all so it was a struggle for me at first to keep things together. But it was easier in the end than dealing with a fussy baby all day. In the end I think the predictability is good for both of us.<br><br>
ETA: DS gets the most sleep if he goes to bed at 7. If he takes a late nap then he's up until 9pm and is sort of off form all evening. So if his afternoon nap gets disrupted then I just put him down at 6 for the night. As in - I don't 'let' him take a nap at 5pm. Because it just messes up his whole night.<br><br>
He has always woken a million times a night and that settled down after 12 mos.
 

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I think it mostly depends on the baby. There are things you can do to encourage a routine, but some defy all attempts at scheduling.
 
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