How do I get my 11 week old to be a better napper

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Try white noise like a fan. I dot know how quiet you kept the house while she slept before but it’s good to be noisy while they sleep so try get used to noise.

She could just be going through a phase. Or a growth spurt. So maybe she needs a little more food. There could be so many reasons for that happening, just don’t give up trying different methods! Hopefully, she’ll stop on her own, it you figure something out that works. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

🙂 I totally agree about snuggling! I did that lots with my oldest when he was little. He still gets me With snuggling too. He’s almost four and this morning he convinced me a few times to not get up yet to start making his dad’s lunch/coffee/breakfast for at work to snuggle a little longer. 

I read in a book once to take the time now with your baby – dishes, cleaning, etc can wait – as your baby will only be this small today as tomorrow they will have grown. Chores will always be there. 

Maybe it’s her way of telling you to snuggle together and to take a break. So little, yet so wise ;). 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

At that age, mine loved sleeping in the Ergo and would do that for longer than any other types of naps, but took lots of 30 minute naps otherwise! I could never figure out wtf to do – like was the longer Ergo nap what she needed? Were the short naps fine? Was she sleep deprived? And I still don’t know the answer to that! But that sounds pretty normal to me! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dd was similar when she was that age (she’s 7 months now). She would only sleep if somebody was holding her. She did grow out if that, then went through a phase where I had to swaddle her and give her a paci. I held her for a few minutes and she fall asleep. Now she’s going through a “I have to nurse to sleep if mommy is around” phase. If I’m not home, she’s fine, but if I’m around she will scream until I take her and let her nurse. 

My point is, babies go through so many phases, and sometimes housework needs to take a backseat. If your lo sleeps better with you nearby, well then think of all those baby cuddles you get! And bonus, you can take a nap! have you tried side lying nursing? When my dd is having a meltdown somermines that helps and she will just fall asleep. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

awakemysoul:  Maybe try a stuffed animal or pillow with your scent. Maybe it is you she is missing during nap time and not that she is not wanting to nap. Do you have a boppy pillow? How about a swing? My oldest would only nap in his swing, once he was too big to nap on my chest.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

You could try playing around with your LO’s awake time, she might not quite be tired enough to take a decent nap so she’s falling into the overtired / undertired cycle (not tired enough to sleep for long and then overtired due to not sleeping long enough).

Sometimes babies are just catnappers and may not sleep for long periods until she consolidates her naps.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

awakemysoul:  google EASY baby schedule. At that age baby should be on a 90 min cycle. That means down for a nap 90 min after waking. 

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