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I started saying Modeh Ani with my daughter every morning which is great. She's a baby and she takes a few naps a day.

Should I say it Every time she wakes up or just in the morning?

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    Rebecca, a belated welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for posting so many interesting questions! Please note that "Like any library, Mi Yodeya offers tons of great information, but does not offer personalized, professional advice, and does not take the place of seeking such advice from your rabbi." So, questions along the lines of "Should I ..." are not ones Mi Yodeya can answer for you. I recommend editing this post to be asking for general information. – Isaac Moses Aug 25 '16 at 17:20
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I don't know for sure, but I am fairly sure we say Modeh Ani whenever we awake, not just in the morning. And we always wash our hands. At least that's how I was taught.

We should always thank Hashem whenever he restores our soul.

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    The Arukh HaShulhan writes that it is not customary to wash hands upon awaking after naps. – mevaqesh Aug 19 '16 at 5:01
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    I don't think that the practice of Modeh Ani was originally meant for naps. However, it is not a halakhic requirement, with technical parameters, but a mere custom. You can say it whenever you find it meaningful. – mevaqesh Aug 19 '16 at 5:02
  • @mevaqesh - I always have washed my hands after naps but maybe that's just an act of Chassidus...I never knew it said that in the Aruch HaShulchan. – ezra Aug 19 '16 at 5:06
  • Regarding saying Modeh Ani in the morning, note that "רבה אמונתך" is a reference to Eicha 3:23. – Fred Aug 19 '16 at 6:35
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As far as I know, the minhag is only to say modeh ani upon waking in the morning, not after subsequent naps.

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    If the afternoon nap is long, we wash our hands without a bracha The Arukh HaShulhan writes that it is not customary to wash hands upon awaking after naps – mevaqesh Aug 19 '16 at 5:03
  • @mevaqesh - Thank you, I did not know that. I'll adjust my answer. – Jay Aug 19 '16 at 5:11
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    You are welcome. I add the disclaimer that I referenced it form memory. – mevaqesh Aug 19 '16 at 5:12
  • What I'm getting is that there's nothing wrong with saying it every time so we're going to go ahead and keep it up! I want our baby to hear as much Hebrew as possible and repeating regular blessings daily establishes a strong connection to Ha Shem. – Rebecca Burns Aug 19 '16 at 15:57

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