So…

I’m new to the whole infant napping thing, so I have a question or two about the process. Is it ever ok (or a good idea) to wake the sleeping infant? Say, after said baby has been asleep for 2 and a half hours and this is his second nap of the morning AND he slept from 9:30pm until 5:30am?

And yeah, Nathan is nearly 12 weeks old and he’s finally learning how to nap. I think it is because he knows that my mom is coming tomorrow and she has been telling me for nearly 12 weeks that he would be a napper if only I were just a little bit better at this mom-gig.

He’ll probably instantly be “on a schedule” once Mom gets here, too, right?

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2 Responses to So…

  1. Tony says:

    Waking up sleeping babies is one of the greatest rewards of this parenting job.

    I’m a big fan of micromanaging sleep. So, for instance, if I want it to be awake and happy at 5:00pm and asleep at 7:30 then I know that I want it to wake up from nap at 4:00 or so. Therefore I’ll put it down for nap around 2:00 or 2:30. Since I want it to go to sleep at 2:00 I’ll know that I want to wake it up at 11:00 or so. Therefore it needs to go down for first nap around 9:00 or 9:30. If I want it to go down for nap that early then I know I want it to wake up around 7:30. I prefer if it wakes up on its own in the morning, but if I want it to be awake at 7:30 then I might put it down for bed a little early the night before…

    Back when I was a stay-at-home Dad I remember planning several days in advance just to get timing right for a party or big event.

    I am a sleep dictator.

  2. Julie says:

    Well, just to muddy the waters, I had the opposite experience to Tony’s. Every time I tried to “engineer” my kids’ sleep schedules, I ended up screwing it up. It never worked for me to put them down later on the theory that they’d get up later.

    I agree with Tony on the essential point, though. If you need to wake him up, wake him up. If he’s like my kids, it might make him cranky, but kids are flexible and he’ll get over it.

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