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Naps can be a parent’s best friend or worst nightmare.  We love to have time to ourselves, but what happens when your baby starts refusing naps?  Or your baby decided she doesn’t need to sleep as long as normal?  What do you do?  Sometimes I just wish my daughter could tell me, “I’m tired.”  It would make things so much easier.  Sometimes I feel as though it’s an endless guessing game!

I’ve talked to lots of mommas, and it seems guiding babies through nap transitions can be a tough job.  When’s the right time?  What’s best for my baby?  There’s so much information out there with countless opinions.  If you’re anything like me, I often get overwhelmed by all the information!


There are some general guidelines that seem to help.  However, keep in mind that all babies are different.

You know you’re baby best.

According to The Baby Sleep Site,

From 1-4 months, your baby should be taking 4-5 naps per day.

From 3-4 months, your baby will settle on 4 naps per day.

From 5-8 months, your baby will typically take 3 naps per day.

From 9-18 months, your baby will take 2 naps per day (some transition to 1 nap earlier than 18 months).

From 18 months – 4 years, your child will take 1 nap (although this varies greatly from child to child).


I hope this has taken some of the guess work out for you!