Instead of trying to force a nap on your overstimulated, overexcited, or overenergized infant, engage them. Play with them quietly, and try for a nap again within 30 or 60 minutes. As babies grow, their nap schedule shifts and sometimes they simply need to be awake for longer periods of time.
Is it OK for babies to skip naps?
Feel free to skip it if nap #2 is late or long enough that baby can comfortably make it to bedtime. However generally for babies under 9 months, skipping nap #3 leads to “baby awake too long” or “bedtime too early” problems. So on net, a brisk walk about is generally a far better choice for a few weeks.
Why is baby suddenly not napping?
There are plenty of reasons your baby may refuse to nap. Here are some ways to explain why your baby won’t nap: Your baby isn’t tired enough. If your baby got more sleep than necessary overnight or did something ultra-stimulating right before you tried putting him down, he may not be tired enough to nap.
Why do babies sometimes skip naps?
Baby may be too tired to nap (or over-tired).
If your baby recently missed a nap, for example, or had lots of interrupted night sleep, or a too-late bedtime the night before, or was up way too early this morning, it may very well be that your baby is overly tired, and that’s why he’s not napping well.
Is 3 hours too long for a baby to nap?
It’s not healthy to let your baby nap more than two or three hours at a time, as it might negatively affect their sleep at night, Dr. Lonzer says. Gently wake your baby after a couple hours if they’re prone to long naps.
When do babies drop their naps?
In general, babies move to two naps around six months of age. However, every baby is different — it’s just as common to drop the third nap at five months as it is to drop it at nine months. Therefore, it’s important to read your own baby’s cues in determining whether she’s ready to make the transition.