Waking Babies From Naps: Is That Smart?

To a baby or a toddler, their naptime is the most precious thing, a ritual that many parents don’t dare to interrupt or else they will expect consequences. Waking up a baby from their nap is something that may not seem too smart, but on the other hand, there are many reasons why one may wake up the baby as well. Here are a few reasons.

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They Slept Past Their Schedule 

A baby should have a naptime schedule that they should follow. Sleep cycles are always important. Having a certain time where one wakes up can be a good thing. However, there are many times when the baby sleeps over their schedule. Oversleeping can ruin their bedtime schedule. 

With that said, should you wake your baby up if they’ve slept a minute past their schedule? No way. We all can wake up at different times. However, if your baby is sleeping an extra hour, perhaps it’s time for them to wake up from their nap. 

A longer nap is recommended when the baby is a little sick. If the baby is sick, a little bit more sleep can help them fight off a disease. However, the baby will need hydration and nourishment, so you should let them sleep longer, but also have time to give them their goodies. Also, make sure the baby doesn’t have a fever, or else you may want to go to the doctor. Speaking of feeding…

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  • When The Baby Hasn’t Eaten For A Few Hours 

If your baby is sleeping and it’s way past their feeding time, perhaps it’s time for the baby to wake up and have some food. It’s always important for you to feed your baby regularly. If their birth weight is a little under what is normal, it’s even more important for you to be able to feed them on a regular basis. 

Not only that, but feeding the baby on a regular basis can help the baby sleep much better at night when it’s time to do so. 

If the baby is at a good weight and is having normal bodily functions, they can sleep longer and you won’t have to feed them as much, either. 

  • When It’s Near Bedtime

A baby has a bedtime, yet many of them will fall asleep near the early evening. This can especially apply if the day has been busy. Now, if the baby is younger, then they may be able to fall asleep early evening and be out all night. However, if the baby is older, sleeping too close to bedtime may make them wake up early and cause a hassle for all involved. This is especially true if the baby is over 3 or 4 months. However, occasional napping near bedtime may not be the end of the world. 

If your baby is taking too many naps before bed, however, it is important that you wake them up and try to make them nap a little bit earlier. This can help them sleep much better at night when it’s time for them to do so. Don’t let them fall asleep too close to bedtime, and you won’t have to worry as much. 

Are Catnaps Good? 

Some parents swear by the powernap, where a baby falls asleep for 20 minutes and then wakes up. A powernap may be good for an adult who didn’t get much sleep last night and needs something to pick them up, but for a baby, they may believe they’ve slept longer than they did. A powernap may cause them to think they’ve gotten enough sleep when they haven’t. This can lead to overtiredness, which is a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. 

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Just How Much Sleep Do Babies Need, Anyway? 

Babies do need lots of sleep, which is why napping is so important. If you’re unsure how much sleep your baby needs, let’s quickly discuss how much sleep a baby will need on average. 


Newborns that are born full-term and are healthy need lots of sleep. You’ll be surprised with how long a newborn can sleep. On average, newborns sleep about 14-17 hours a day. That means some babies are only up for seven hours a day. Imagine if you only had seven hours a day to do something! Some parents may worry if their newborn is sleeping too much, but rest assured, it’s normal in most circumstances. 

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A baby will accomplish all this sleep by sleeping around 8-12 hours every night, with a few wake-ups to be fed, and the rest will be done via bedtime naps and whatnot. With that said, newborns don’t know when it’s day or night. It can be a bright summer day and a baby won’t care. They’ll sleep in, anyway. For the first month or so, having a schedule isn’t needed, so just let the baby sleep until they’ve woken up and are hungry. This can be a little frustrating when they wake up in the middle of the night, but that’s okay.

4-11 Months 

If your baby is in this range, they still need lots of sleep. Usually, they may need about 12-15 hours every day. By this age, they are starting to sleep more throughout the night, and developing their own schedule. They will get most of their sleep at night, but still sleep a little bit here and there during the daytime.

Around this time, many babies will have some separation anxiety as well as they become more aware of their surroundings. In a case like this, they may cry for your attention and it can get a little frustrating. However, you should know that babies will eventually learn to get sleep. 

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A baby’s sleep schedule is quite complex. By knowing how it works, you can be able to make the most of it and allow the baby to get the best rest they possibly can. Make sure your baby is getting enough sleep, and remember that sometimes, it’s okay to wake them from a nap. 


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