It's tough being a new parent.
And it's even tougher when your dealing with nap struggles.
Napping can be a huge source of stress for parents at one point or another in the first year of a child’s life. One common struggle parents find themselves in is getting their child’s naps to match what many sleep experts say is normal. While 3 naps a day for 1 hour each is average for children around 3 to 7 months, your child may want to nap a little differently. Instead of looking at each individual nap, look at total nap time AND make sure at least one nap a day is at least 1 hour – preferably 2 of the 3 naps – with total nap times adding up to 2.5 to 3.5. Maybe your child takes a 1 hour, 1.5 hour and ½ hour nap. Total nap hours still at up to 3 hours and your child is napping just fine. Another indicator of appropriate naps is your child’s behavior. If night sleep is on track and your child becomes grumpier as the day goes on then you might have a nap issue that needs to be address.
Don’t drive yourself crazy over naps. If your 3 to 7 month old naps a total of 2.5 to 3.5 hours a day and seems in good spirits you’re likely are doing just fine when it comes to naps.
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