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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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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 5:06
  • Regarding saying Modeh Ani in the morning, note that "רבה אמונתך" is a reference to Eicha 3:23.
    – Fred
    Aug 19, 2016 at 6:35

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, 2016 at 5:03
  • @mevaqesh - Thank you, I did not know that. I'll adjust my answer.
    – Jay
    Aug 19, 2016 at 5:11
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    You are welcome. I add the disclaimer that I referenced it form memory.
    – mevaqesh
    Aug 19, 2016 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. Aug 19, 2016 at 15:57

You only say modeh ani when you wake up in the morning. Its a good sentiment to have when waking up, but you don't have to say that specific tefillah. You do, however, wash negel vasser if you sleep for more than 30 minutes. Don't know how that would fly with a baby tho.

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