Post # 1
Our daughter is 7 weeks old. A couple weeks ago we finally have been able to get her in her crib for nas rather than napping on us (yay!). However she only naps for 30minutes to an hour and will wake up and then continue to nap for an hour or more on us. I can’t figure out how to get her to take her whole nap in the crib. She sleeps for 5-6+ hours at night in her crib. I just can’t figure out what the difference is for naptime. Any help is appreciated!
Post # 3
It’s really common for newborns and young infants to only sleep one or two cycles at a time before they learn to consolidate their naps. My guess would be that she is waking up a little after 1-2 cycles and then needs your help to go back to sleep for the rest of her nap.
If you are adamant about her sleeping in her crib for naps as opposed to say a swing, bouncy chair, stroller, etc… you could try going immediately into her room when she stirs and shushing/patting her in her crib to see if she goes back to sleep. I’ve heard other, similar methods (like rubbing her tummy, quietly singing, or even softly reading to her) that have worked for other people, so you might have to try out a few different things to see what works for your baby. It’s super common for young babies to hve trouble getting back to sleep on their own, though, so don’t worry too much about it. 🙂
Post # 4
My 9 week old is the exact same. Sleeps very well in his crib at night (first stretch about 5-7 hours, then eat and sleep for another 3 or so, sometimes going back down for another 2) but when we try to put him down (in pack in play or on blanket) for naps, he wakes up almost instantly, so he ends up napping in his vibrating bouncer. It works for us now, but I know at some point we should get him used to napping properly… I think it being dark at night helps, less stimulating or something.
Post # 5
She won’t fall asleep anywhere but the crib or directly on us. Or in the carseat after we drive. So the other places won’t work. That’s the frustration because she takes a longer nap on us, but that leaves me unable to do other things around the house, and I know she needs the sleep, but just won’t stay asleep in her crib for her naps for as long as she needs.
Post # 6
It is normal for babies to rouse during their light sleep cycles. It is also no surprise that she would rather cuddle with you than sleep in the crib.
Instead of getting her out of the crib, just re-settle her. Rub her tummy, soothe her, sing to her until she falls back to sleep.
Post # 7
Try swaddling her, I also have a 7 week old and same thing happens. If I swaddle our muchkin he sleeps much better than just alone in a pack n play or the cradle
Post # 8
Hmmm, another option might be to try a baby carrier. DD still falls asleep in the baby carrier if we’re out on long hikes or long walks, and when she was little I could put her in the wrap to sleep and still get stuff done around the house.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone. We’re still pretty unsuccessful getting the naps longer. I’ve kind of given up at this point. We seem to get 1 really good nap in a day when I go out to run errands, and she falls asleep in the carseat. I’m hoping she’ll get used to napping eventually.
Post # 10
my 7 month old still doesnt nap much. she sleeps 12 hours at night, and naps 30 min at 10am and about 30 min at 3 and up till 6:30. I cant wait till she starts to crawl poor and poops herself out so I can get more done around the house lol