Post # 1
My Daughter is 9 weeks and hates napping! She will sleep great during the night but during the day when I put her in the bouncer or swing she will start to shut her eyes but only sleeps for about 5-10 mins at a time. I know she is getting over tired because our nights are just impossible! Anyone have any tips or can tell me how long their baby sleeps during the day to get a point of reference?
She is napping now after an hour struggle she is swaddled in her crib.
Post # 3
She wants to be held. Trust me. I have a daughter of my own and have been a nanny for four years through 5 babies(I work with 3 families per week). Babies under 6 months are used to hearing their mom’s heartbeat and feeling their warmth. My moms always ask “How come she sleeps for 3 hours for you and only 30 minutes for me?” Try using a sling or bjorn as well. No shame in holding a baby for 3 hours! Cherish this time because soon it will be the opposite, no time to cuddle because they are on the move! GL
Post # 4
I had to swaddle and rock my son to sleep for every nap until he was 9 months… I know it’s late, but we had so much trouble with getting to sleep through the night, I waited until he nailed the nights before going for naps. Now I cover him tightly with a blanket, rock him and put him in his crib before he’s asleep and it works..
Took me a long time to figure out what he actually needed to take good naps though, and until he was “nap trained”, he couldn’t nap over 40 minutes, now, he goes for 1h30…
At 9 weeks, try a good swaddle and keep her on you until she falls asleep. You can put her in her crib after.
Post # 5
Oh, and all babies are different… I’m suggesting what worked with my son, but maybe she’s looking for something else… you’ll have to try for a while and see if it works and if not, try something else… Also, what works now might not last and maybe something doesn’t work now, but it doesn’t mean it will never work so be ready to try again in a few months what failed now.
Post # 6
@mommytobee: 9 months is not late! Its sad that Western culture pushes us to push our kids off on their own so fast. Your doing great mom!
Post # 7
Agree with baletrina. Try a carrier.
The only way my 9 week old baby sleeps during the day is when I put him in my Moby Wrap and go about my day. He can sleep for around 3 hours at a time when I put him in. If I put him down in his crib, swing or pack n’ play, he’ll wake up within minutes.
Interestingly, he’s fine sleeping on his own in his crib at night for the most part.
Post # 8
My son wouldn’t let me put him down for the first 2 months of his life…I had to pee with him on my lap (tmi). Now I usually feed him and he falls asleep for an hour or two, but I Have to be either holding him or laying beside him. I know other people will say the opposite, but I would try holding her while she sleeps.
Looking back now a sling or carrier would have been a life saver. I recently bought one and it’s amazing and gives my arms a break.