(Closed) Napping

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Babies go through phases. It’s just important to make sure they sleep, irrespective of what you need to do to get them to sleep. Like my LO slept a lot of naps in the bouncer and it worked for us. When babies get overtired, it can take a few days to get back on track.

In the end, many nap issues resolve when they get older!

ETA: lots of babies only sleep 40 mins at a time because that’s how long a sleep cycle is and they’re unable to settle themselves after the first cycle. This is also something they will grow out of but it might not happen until they turn 7-8 months.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

You poor thing! I feel your pain. I think all moms have been there a time or two. My 3 year old still has days, especially when sick, that days and nights are all mixed up and sleep is like a bad word. Even on her good days, sleeping through the night can be hit or miss.

One thing that always helped with my girls is a warm bath with lavender. It always relaxed them enough for me to rock them straight to sleep. Again, how long they stayed asleep could be hit or miss. But I promise you many babies and their mamas go through this. There’s really not any one thing you can do that I know of to force her to sleep and stay asleep. It really is about waiting it out and getting through it until she gets the hang of it. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Well if you find a magic sleep cure please let me know. Like I said my youngest is 3 and a half and sleep is STILL our biggest issue. Good Luck

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My son is 5 weeks old and takes 20 minute naps maximum. He’s been like this since birth. He does go 5 hours at night though…

I feel your pain! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

mrscross1020 :  In the same boat. I have been hearing that babies go through phases for months now and also hearing that it will change. Still waiting for that to happen.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

Have you tried rocking while standing up with a white noise machine going? Worked like a charm for my stinker. I could usually put him in a swing or just get comfy on the couch and watch tv with him on me, once I rocked him for a while. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

Are you breastfeeding? I nursed mine to sleep for all naps and bedtimes til 8 months when it stopped working. Boobie milk is baby sleep dust!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My son is 9 months. Since around one month, he has been the king of catnaps. Some days, he will only take 3 twenty minute naps, but does sleep 10-12 hours a night. Some kids just aren’t daytime nappers! It would be nice to have a break during the day, but the plus side is that I can take him out any time without worrying about messing with his sleep schedule because he is pleasant after a short car snooze.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Have you got a nice tight swaddle on him? That’s the best way to get my 3.5 month old to sleep! That and a nice fast speed on the swing makes him conk out for two glorious hours. Don’t feel bad that he’s not on a schedule yet. 6 weeks is still too young for that! Mine just started setting his own schedule a few weeks ago. Do what you can to get sleep at this point! 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

There is no magic formula for sleep.  But I know when they are overtired, it is too late.  My kids would only nap on me.  So when tiny, I would nurse and rock, and then carry them around.  I would also go for walks with them in a baby wearer.  From about 4 months, they would lie down in bed with me and nurse, but I need to stay with them or they wake up. So I would try rocking and swaying 45-60 mins after they have woken up.  6 weeks they should probably be having 4-5 naps a day still.  The happiest baby On The block has the 5Ss.  I don’t remember them all, but that helped us too.

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