What Every New Parent Should Know About Nap Struggles


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.


Bottom line... 

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. 

QUESTION:   Have you had to struggle with getting your little one to take a nap?  What worked for your family?  What have you tried?   We would love to hear about it.  Please share your experience in the comment box. 

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Post By Alissa Gilbertson from IQ Baby. IQ BABY emphasizes sleep and developmental education.  If you would like to work with Elissa, Wholistic Beginnings get a discount rate.  Use code Wholisticlasses or Wholistic.


Elissa Gilbertson

My name is Elissa Gilbertson and from the time I was very young I have been drawn to children and infants. I love interacting with them and learning how they develop and the way they think. I am a DONA Postpartum Certified Doula and hold degrees in Psychology and Child Development. For over 15 years I have worked with families and children in a variety of areas including sleep learning, behavior and parent/child communication. Using my background in Child Development and Psychology, as well as my years as a PCD(DONA) I work to balance attachment and attachment parenting with a baby’s biological need for sleep. My goal is to help parents maximize parental enjoyment by minimizing stress and miscommunications. I help parents understand their child on his own level while creating a peaceful environment in which to maximize physical, mental and emotional growth. WHAT MAKES IQ BABY DIFFERENT IQ BABY empahizes education, not sleep training IQ BABY understands the role of attachmet in sleep quality IQ BABY works with your child's current developmental stage IQ BABY plans involve steps, rather than radical changes - protecting attachment. IQ BABY is about understanding your child on his level