(Closed) Baby naps 20 minutes only?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Where did your baby sleep during the first 3 months?
    In crib/bassinet : (5 votes)
    56 %
    In swing/car seat/bouncer : (2 votes)
    22 %
    In bed with me or DH : (2 votes)
    22 %
    Somewhere else : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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 # 5
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @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 # 7
    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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!


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