Post # 1
Help! DS is nearly 2 months old and will only sleep 20 minutes in his bassinet. You can literally set a clock by it–19-21 minutes every. single. time. He is in there during the day and then sleeps with me at night (because there is no way I’m sleeping in 20 minute increments at night.) If I thought it was all the sleep he needed, it’d be fine, but if you hold him through a nap in the daytime, he will sleep 1.5-2.5 hours. He seems generally happy, but we’re also trying to get him to sleep in the bassinet at night (long-term goal), so we’ll need to move past the 20-minute mark (when we put him down in the bassinet at night, we still get the 20 minute threshold).
We have tried: swaddling with hands in, swaddling with hands out, no swaddling, elevating the head of the bassinet, being in the same room, being in a different room, using white noise, being quiet when he naps, being loud when he naps, putting him down when sleepy but awake, putting him down when fully asleep,…
Most of these methods work either way to get him into sleep, but none seem to help him stay asleep.
Help! Any suggestions? If not, can anyone commiserate?
Post # 3
My son was like that for a while so I feel for you!
Is he only taking one 20 minute nap a day, or is he taking several?
Most 2 month olds don’t like swaddling anymore. My son (my daughters as well) would also sleep all day if you held them. Maybe he’s getting a chill and it’s waking him up?
What I wound up doing with my son (and it worked) was draping a thin blanket over almost the whole top of the bassinet to keep any drafts out. I also put 2 thin blankets on him as opposed to one thicker blanket. I also tucked the blankets around him.
My son eventually moved up to one big 2 hour nap once a day. That was so nice!
Post # 4
@country chic: Thanks for the suggestion! I can try that. He takes several 20-minute naps, maybe 3 or 4 in a day.
Post # 5
@Jess1483: If he’s taking several naps only lasting 20 minutes, then his little body is obviously not moving to the next sleep stage in order for him to get a deeper, longer sleep. It could be something, like a draft like I suggested, waking him up. It could be just his body is still immature and hasn’t figured out his sleep cycle yet.
Do you feed him before you put him down? Maybe gas could be the culprit?
2 months is still really young, so I know it’s a pain for you, but he will eventually start to take longer naps. I think my son was around 4 or 5 months before we got on a good, consistant nap schedule.
To answer your poll, my kids all slept in a bassinet next to my bed until they were too big for it, probably around 3 months of age. Then I moved them to the crib in their bedrooms.
Post # 6
I think sometimes it is gas, because he burps or spits up after I put him down, but other times, there appears to be no reason, and as soon as I pick him up, he seems perfectly happy.
We have his 2-month appointment next week and I’ll run it past the doc, but want to keep trying things in the meantime.
Post # 7
My 4 month old won’t sleep long if you put him down on his own. During the day I put him in my carrier and he’ll sleep in there for 2 – 3 hous about 3 times a day. Have you tried a carrier? Some babies just want physical contact all the time. Using a carrier will free up your hands to do stuff!