(Closed) How do you get your baby to nap?!

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper
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julies1949 There is also nothing wrong with letting them sleep on their stomach if you are supervising them the whole time.  At least that is what my pediatrician told me. So I will often stay next to my daughter till she is in a deep sleep and then flip her over.

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper

@artbee: How long are you letting her stay in any one thing? If you’re immediately picking her up each time she gets fussy, she isn’t getting a chance to fall asleep. Some babies need some time to settle down, but usually some motion will help. Do you have a rocking chair that you’ve tried too?

Mine always fell asleep in the swing, and many times I just left them there. Car trips also made them conk out, but it was usually right before we got to where we had to be, so it would sometimes be a misery. We would take turns sitting in the car if they were sleeping rather than disrupt them by getting them up and having them cry.

Most of it is trial and error with babies, but if they are well fed, warm and burped, they will usually fall asleep. It’s working at night for you, so you know she can do it. Mine used to take 2 naps a day, but maybe yours only needs one. Try keeping her awake for longer periods until she gets tired enough to go to sleep on her own.

Good luck. I know how hard it can be sometimes.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Also, sometimes letting her sleep in the car seat really really REALLY helped. I think it was the position she was in, upright instead of laying down flat. Maybe it helped with her digestion.

Post # 21
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 

@eeniebeans:I agree that it is safer letting them sleep on their stomachs if you are supervising them the whole time. But, that’s not what you said. You said you check on her very frequently.

“Are you letiing her sleep on her stomach?  That is the only way my baby really sleeps.  I check on her very frequently– but at least she sleeps.”

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My son did that – just know it got better after 6-8 months of age. We eventually let him cry it out, but he usually sleeps pretty well now.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Just wanted to add that my son didn’t start taking longer naps till he was older- he was still only napping about 20-30 minutes at a time until he was about 4.5 months old. Now he’s 7 months, and he’ll typically take two 90 minute naps per day.

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
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@artbee:  I have a couple thoughts:

First, the recommended amount of sleep per day for babies her age is 16 hours.  Some babies sleep more, some babies sleep less, but if she is already sleeping 12 hours at night, she only needs 4 hours of sleep a day to be “average.”  Also, the average awake time between naps is about 2 hours.

Secondly, around 3 months we started having a lot of issues with Addie waking up after only one sleep cycle.  If her catnaps are around 30 minutes a piece, this might be Rose’s problem, too.  There’s a lot of different strategies you can try, if that might be her issue.

Finally, if she gets overtired, it may be more difficult for her to get to sleep and stay asleep.  You might try putting her down for a nap a little before she would normally go down, and see if she sleeps better. 

Good luck!  I hope you figure it out.  A cranky, tired baby is no fun to be around.

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@artbee: That dang reflux! I’m so glad they were able to pinpoint it. As another mom who has been there it’s no fun, but luckily easily treatable! I think we put a rolled up towel on one end of the mattess to help her tummy. Little tricks, but they help a lot!

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
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@artbee:  Well the good news is that you have a diagnosis and a game plan!  That’s a great start, and hopefully she’ll be feeling better in no time!

Post # 28
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@artbee: To elevate the head of the bed, place something under the headboard not the mattress. Elevating the mattress alone can leave a space between the mattress and the crib.

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