Why wont my daughter take daytime naps

Mandy - posted on 02/06/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My Daughter (7 weeks) will not nap during the day, she sleeps pretty well at night only waking once at 430 everynight for a feeding of only an oz or two. However during the day she does not take any naps, it gets to the point where she has herself so worked up and delerious she screams for hours with no way of comforting her except to have her sitting up with me proping her to do so. Does anyone have any ideas on why this is?

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Anjali's - posted on 02/11/2013

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Make sure you burp her so gas isn't keeping her up or making her cry. Lie down next to her. Your presence might calm her down enough for her to nap.

Try rubbing her with Johnson and Johnson's Lavender bedtime lotion. Or generic Equate (does the same thing.) I always gave my kids a night bath with the lavender bath gel and then lotion them with the bedtime lotion. It helps!

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Carrie - posted on 02/07/2013

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Random thing..
I was looking up acid reflux (cause it seems like my daughter has a mild case of it) and found some info that might help you out (it can happen in older babies as well). With the crib, if you get a pregnancy pillow that helps with breast feeding, and use that to prop him up inside the crib, that might help out.

Here's the link in case they have other tips that might also help you out
http://www.circleofmoms.com/january-2009...

Ana - posted on 02/07/2013

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Distractions would be what I suggest as well. Music, something to entertain her...a swing, or something like this..

She doesn't even nap after feedings? Try a warm bottle (if she will take it) even if it's breast milk.. try a bath right before nap time, try a massage...

My daughter is 1mth old and these are some things that work for me.

Carrie - posted on 02/07/2013

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Another few things you could try Shannon - a white noise machine, and music. It'll give your boy something else to listen to in order to get into sleep mode. (I remember music being played when I was learning to nap when I was younger, ended up sleeping even though I wasn't tired. Otherwise I remember napping next to a fan lol odd how random noise makes someone tired.)

Carrie - posted on 02/07/2013

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That's how my daughter was when she was sick with a cold. It was hard to tell that she was sick but the pediatrist told us that. One thing we did to help (aside from suctioning her nose, holding her for extra time after burping her, and being very careful not to over stimulate her) was to tilt her bed at an angle. After that she would sleep just fine. I've kept her bed tilted ever since (but it's a bassonette, not sure how easy it is to tilt a crib) If you have something to put underneath the crib's mattress like thing to put it at an angle (blankets, books, etc) maybe you could try that, so that it sorta feels like you're holding him to him.

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My son is 10 months and still won't take a nap in his crib. If I hold him he will sleep for 1 1/2 to 2 hours but if I put him down he wakes up and cries. I've tried the no cry nap solution for a little while and that didn't work so I moved onto cry it out but after a month of that and no progress we are back to me holding him during his nap if anyone has a suggestion I am open to it.

Carrie - posted on 02/07/2013

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Sounds similar to my daughter. She's a month old now and does the same thing. The only thing that tends to help is burping her for like 30 min, sometimes more, holding her propped upright while doing so so the air bubbles come up easier. If I don't get all the bubbles, she will fuss and cry due to it. I have to assume its painful for them, look up on circleofmoms "burping" and I promise you'll find a few more good tips to help you out, even if she doesn't sleep due to it it should get her to not have anything to complain about at least. If it persists it might be colic/something else. but since you said holding her upright helps I think this should help some more.

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