Does your baby nap alone?

Sarah - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if any of you co-sleeping mommies have kids who will nap on their own? My little guy is 5 months old and though he always starts out in his own bed at night, (let's me read a bit without waking him) he always ends up in bed with me at some point in the night. I noticed he naps longer if I lie down with him too, but because he is my 4th kiddo I would REALLY like to use that time he is sleeping to get the stuff done that needs to get done. My DH works long hours and is rarely home to help. As nice as it is to have a long afternoon nap with a warm cuddly baby, my 4 year old thinks otherwise as well as the laundry and my horse who needs training. (she's my stress reliever!) How do you ladies work out nap time?

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Lisa - posted on 05/12/2009

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I have to work during the day so I have an Au Pair who now takes care of my baby. For about 6 months he would not nap on his own, he only wanted to be held. So either she or I would hold him while he napped, depending on who was watching him. Right around 6 months we started to put him down by himself, starting first on the floor while someone laid down next to him. Then we moved to the crib. As soon as he cried we would pick him up again and snuggle him back to sleep. I noticed that when we slept at night he would always hold on to my arm, so I gave him a stuffed elephant to sleep with and sure enough he rolled over and grabbed on to him. Now at 11 months he takes both naps in his crib, and also sleeps there for the few hours before we go to bed. When it's time for us to go to sleep I go and get him and then we all get into the family bed. It was a gradual process to get him to nap on his own because I don't believe in CIO or any "sleep training" methods; I would only place him there if he was comfortable. Now it's fine and he enjoys sleeping in both places. On the weekends I still try to take at least one nap while holding him because we both love it, and it gives us some good mom-son bonding time :-) I figure I only have a limited time that he will WANT to snuggle with me, so the chores and everything else can wait.

Geralyn - posted on 05/02/2009

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Hi Sarah. We have used a swing - the rocking helps him to stay asleep. He usually falls asleep in our arms (or in the car) and then we just transfer him. He's just getting to the point where he's getting too big for it. (oh no!!! what are we gonna do??? lol)

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Megan - posted on 05/13/2009

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My husband stays home with our son and when it is nap time he will lay down with Jacob. Jacob will sometimes nap on hisown but my husband or i have to lay down with him until he is asleep but he will only take a 20 min nap then. If we take a nap with him 5*9+-he will sleep for 2 hours or longer if we let him.

Heather - posted on 05/12/2009

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My little one often falls asleep in my arms then stays asleep when I transfer him to the crib or another safe area to sleep. He naps alone fine during the day but really likes sleeping with me and my husband during the night. We plan on 'graduating' him to his crib for nighttime sleep eventually but right now really enjoy him being in bed with us.

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2009

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I love the idea of leaving a shirt with my smell on it! That might work. Thanks!

Lucienne - posted on 05/06/2009

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My little one is the same, he loves me to be in bed with him while he naps. Sometimes i stay with him, othertimes i make sure i have some clothes that smell like me and i place them next to him while he is sleeping... i know its a long shot for you but i works for me.

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