Episode 102: How To Manipulate Your Baby's Nap Schedule - Online Sleep Coaching for Babies

Episode 102: How To Manipulate Your Baby’s Nap Schedule


Apr 9, 2020

Trapped at home with a nap schedule for your baby and toddler?? Yep, been there! A few years ago my oldest was on a 1 nap schedule and my youngest was rocking 2 naps. That meant that we had maybe 1.5 hours between naps, and then an awkward gap at the end of the day when no one wanted to hang out…and gym classes weren’t meeting. So, I took matters into my own hands! I manipulated our nap schedule so that I could get out and enjoy a yoga class!

In this episode I teach you:

  • How to know if this is a right fit for your baby
  • What I did to manipulate my daughter’s nap schedule
  • How much sleep a 6-12 month baby needs each day
  • What bending the rules and enjoying a great sleeper is like!


  • 7am: Up for the day
  • 9:20am: Baby in crib for Nap 1 (8 month old)
  • 9:30am: Get toddler ready to go, pack bottle, snack and diaper bag
  • 10:00am: Wake baby up from nap (total of 30 minutes)
  • 10:15am: Arrive at gym childcare
  • 12:15pm: Quick lunch at home after gym
  • 12:45pm: Toddler down for Nap (2hr)
  • 1:30pm: Baby in crib for Nap 2 (8 month old)
  • 3-3:30pm: Baby up from nap
  • 6:30pm: Bedtime routine
  • 7:00pm: Both in bed for the night

Yes, this meant that my youngest didn’t get the exact amount of daytime sleep that day. For her, I made sure to jump right back into the nap schedule the next day and didn’t wake her up. It worked for us!! This is a strategy that I can’t guarantee, but you’re welcome to try! Especially if your mental health simply cannot handle being at home all day, everyday.

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