Ive started the naps plan just yesterday. Before I was putting my son down every 2- 2.5 hrs. But he was usually fussy by then and always slept only 40 minutes sometimes 30. So far yesterday after day one of the naps plan he had two naps that were 40 minutes and one that was an hour. Also last night he was up twice and usually it’s my h more frequent. I feel that it is working however my question to you is, I find that he doesn’t fall asleep easily at he 90 minute mark but I don’t think he’s ready for 3 hour stretch either. He’s 6 months old but gets VERY fussy by 2.5 hours. Any suggestions? We usually try to have him asleep by 7:30 and he always gets up somewhere between 6-7 am. Susan
Ok, the book and the 90-minute cycle don’t speak specifically to this issue, but it never hurts to make the attempt at the nap after 90 minutes of waking. There are several things that might be interfering with his sleep at that point. The timing of initiating the nap is especially critical, if we wait 10 – 15 minutes, he may pass out of the window of sleepiness. This seems a possibility since as you describe he’s looking fussy and/or sleepy at the 2.5hr mark.
At his age, his wakeful periods are likely to be a mix of 1.5hr and 3hr across the daytime. The book goes into more detail about when these changes can be expected to take place.
Also, I know it has been a few days (!) since your question, it isn’t unusual for short naps to be the first response, but hopefully these settled into longer naps in the meantime