Babies: 6 - 9 Months

3 naps to two

When did your LO go from 3 naps to two and how did you do it? Mine has been taking only 50 minute naps in the am (vs 1 hr 15- 1 1/2) early afternoon and then a long late afternoon one that Im having to wake her from for her to go to bed at a reasonable time. I think tomorrow Im going to try having her go down later were at 2 h 45 min now in hopes that she will only take 2 longer ones. How did you transition
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Re: 3 naps to two

  • We're still taking 3... sorry - our awake time is about 2 hours inbetween each nap. 

    Try spacing out the naps a bit longer and then put to bed half an hour to an hour early. Good luck!

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  • From about 4-6 months Oliver took 3 naps per day. Morning was a 2 hour nap, and afternoon naps were each one hour. Around 6 months he started to not need that last nap and would take forever to fall asleep during it, then just STTN and wake up ready for the day at 4:30 am . Uhmn.. yeah.. that was a sign to me that he didn't need the last nap anymore.

    For the past 2 weeks he's been taking 2 naps, each for two hours, every day. I don't have him on a schedule or anything. This is just his natural rhythm and what works best for him.

    I hope you find what works best for your baby! Good luck, mama. 

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    He was solidly on 2 naps at 8 months.  It took several weeks of figuring out whether to squeeze in a 3rd nap or do a super early bedtime.  He was asleep for the night at 6:30pm for a couple weeks and as his awake time tolerance stretched out to 3-3.5 hours bedtime moved back to 7pm.  Now he takes 2 naps a day that range from 1-2 hours each.


  • Right before my little guy turned 6 months he started not sleeping for his last nap... he would sleep like 20-30 mins if that.  Now he gets up at 7, naps 9-10 sometimes 10:30 then nap at 1 and he sleeps at least until 2:15 sometimes until 3.  I think he stopped needing that nap also because I started putting him to bed earlier.  It took about a week and a half to transition him into taking two longer naps (the three he used to take were 30 mins to 1 hr tops)... he seems to do much better with the two longer naps.  Good luck on dropping the nap!


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  • He dropped the 3rd nap about a week or two ago. 
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  • I'm not sure that I completely understand your post, but most babies have 2 1.5 (or so) hour naps - one in the morning and one in the early afternoon) along with a short catnap in the late afternoon.

    Babies need to increase their awake time developmentally and will begin to lengthen the 2 earlier naps before dropping the cat nap. It may take a few days or a week or more to figure it out, but I would be doubtful that your 6 month old is ready to drop to 3 naps.


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  • Our guys are still on 3 naps per day. They just generally do not do well with being awake too long. (Past 2 - 2.5 hours)


    We just follow their cues. They will let me know when they are ready to shift. 

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