Should you follow sleepy cues, awake time or the clock for naps?

Another question! For naps, what is more important? Routine times (ex. 9, 12, 3 every day)? Timing (ex. every 3 or so hours)? Or reading signals (waiting for a yawn or rubbing of eyes)?

It all depends on your baby’s age. Check out our age by stage sleep chart here:…/common-age-by…/Generally before 5/6 months you should be watching cues and limiting awake time to ~2 hours stretching to ~3 hours at the end of the day for babies closer to 6 months. After 5/6 months most babies will have a regular wake time and can nap by the clock.


1 Comment

  1. Chelsie says:

    This partially relates to the question asked. My baby will be 4 months old next week and we have been struggling with catnaps since about 6 weeks old. She takes 4 naps a day, the first of which is 1.25-1.5 hours after waking and it usually 2 hours long. But it’s ALWAYS in my bed. After waking from that nap at about 10:30, she will only cat nap for the rest of the day. I try to lay her down 1 hr and 20 minutes (or sooner if she is fussy) for a nap and she will generally take 40 minute naps in the crib. However she has been struggling to get in that last nap if I don’t lay her in my bed again. She’s never been a baby we could get on a routine despite my efforts. Her bedtime is 7pm and she generally sleeps until about 7-7:15 am, always waking 45 minutes into nighttime to need her paci replaced and sometimes randomly throughout the night, especially if she gets out of her swaddle. My question is should I just go with the flow until she’s a little older or should I try and get her on a nap routine? She is breastfed and nurses 5x’s a day, she may need a night feed once a week, she’s also swaddle and needs her paci to sleep.

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