I believe it is allowable to say that every parent has heard those cautions about waking a sleeping baby, but is it ever better to cut a snooze short? If you have any doubts or worries about this topic, read this article and perhaps there will not be any need to worry about waking your little one from a nap.
If your child has not eaten in a few hours
You should definitely wake up your newborn to ensure he is feeding every few hours and do not feel bad about it. Regular feedings are necessary, at least until your baby has regained his birth weight. By the way, waking a newborn from long stretches in the daytime to feed signals to them to be more active in the day time, which for them to sleep longer in the nighttime. But actually, once your baby has his healthy weight and is feeding, peeing and pooping regularly, after the first few weeks, you can rest assured he can get that sleep and wake up to eat later. Newborns have no concept of day or night, that is why they can sleep for long periods at all times of the day.
When baby has slept more than you had planned
When your little one is about four or five months, he has probably established a fairly regular nap cycle, that is why it becomes possible for him to oversleep and throw off a healthy routine. To keep babies on the right pattern during the day, which helps them sleep better at night, you should stick to a daytime schedule and wake your child if needed. Perhaps you will feed kind of bad at the moment, but trust me, it will help you and your baby. The one time when it is a good idea to let your child get that extra naptime is when he is sick. Everyone needs a little extra sleep when you are fighting off an illness. All you have to do is to make sure your little one is feeding enough and that he is hydrated properly. Also, do not forget to ensure he is not running a rectal temperature of 38˚C or higher.
The time near the bedtime
To be honest, it is definitely not uncommon at all for babies to fall asleep in the early evening, especially after a busy day. Also, if the baby is very young, an evening nap might not interfere with bedtime at all, but for those over three or four months, it might actually make for a long night. You might want to try waking your little one from a late-day nap, but it is possible that it will not work, so perhaps try the next day’s nap to get a little earlier. But if naps get a little messed up on one day, it is not the end of the world. Just make sure you will do your best to put everything in place the next day. You should be aware that your little one will not have any benefit from a quick catnap in the evening before the bed. Babies, except newborns, may seem refreshed after a 10 or 20 minute nap, but they will soon become irritable because it is just not enough of rest to them. A little power nap tricks their bodies into thinking they have had a restorative nap when they have not. And in the end it will quickly lead your child to overtiredness.
To make that nighttime sleep at least a little longer
Sadly, waking a baby from a nap early does not help him to sleep more in the nighttime. Actually, it is the opposite. If baby is constantly overtired, he fights sleep because his cortisol levels are high. If your little one is rested, it will be much easier for him to get to sleep and stay asleep through the night. Splitting up sleep throughout the day with naps is key to proper development because important brain activity happens during those naps.