Kathleen - posted on 04/13/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
So lately my 3 month old just will not nap well. Usually (not always) in the morning she'll go down for a good nap for my husband in the swing. He gets up with her around 5 am so I can sleep a little bit, they play a bit and she gets a diaper change, and then she's down by 7. I can't count on this though and I'd like to start having her just get up from her bedtime sleep at 7.
We are weaning her from her pacifier because it's become a problem for all of us in sleeping - she'll wake up and need it and if it falls out we need to pop it back in. I did this one time 15 times in an hour before she finally let it fall. And then she woke up again an hour and a half later. We just are doing it cold turkey, and so far it's not so bad although I'm at my wit's end in getting her to go to sleep!
But how can I get a good routine going in the daytime for naps: I know she needs so much more sleep than she's getting, it's worrisome. Today she took three morning naps of 30 minutes each. I have yet to get her to sleep this afternoon. I am so worried about this and feel like such a bad mom! I know she's still just learning about the world and how to fall asleep by herself and I don't mind having to rock her or anything like that, but I want her to sleep in her crib for at least 2 hours because I know she needs it. When she DOES get a good nap it's amazing.
Plus, it feels like all day I'm trying to get her to sleep - rocking her, putting her down, putting her in the swing, feeding her, etc. But it seems I rarely get to play with her except right in the morning before the whole nap saga starts. My poor tired baby!