Help -Screaming baby - Daytime Naps

Natalie - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Help! I don't seem to be able to get my 4 month old to go down for daytime naps. Each time I put him down he screams for one hour and then sleeps for 45 mins. I put him down for a nap at the same times each day and I have tried closing blinds, gently rocking him, reading a book in a rocking chair to get him to be calm before putting him down, but nothing seems to work! I've been letting him cry for a little while and then after 10 to 15 mins he calms down and then starts up again five minutes later. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Iysha - posted on 10/12/2009

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Quoting Jo:

he might be a little overtired when you put him down. generally he should go down no later than 2 hours from when he last woke. just a suggestion but try doing the same thing in the same order for 2 weeks. this may make a difference as he will learn the cues for sleep. also is his room dark enough?



I agree with Jo about your son maybe being over tired. I read in Healthy Sleep Habbits: Happy Child and it does say that babies shouldn't be awake for more than 2 hours at 4 months. That doesn't mean wait 2 hours then put your baby to bed, it means 2 hours including the time it takes to put your baby to sleep.



 



When my daughteris over tired she is a pain to get to go to sleep. Nobody who watches her believes me that she needs frequent naps. lol. They just let her play. Babies need to be PUT to sleep, not just be allowed to make their own decision on when it is time to sleep. lol

Iysha - posted on 10/12/2009

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I put my 3 month old to sleep for naps by getting her into a swaddle and bouncing a little while making real long "Shush" noises (I try to get louder than her screams, and offer her a pacifier, and she is usually screaming too, but just for like a minute then she's out. I watched a video about it at the hospital I delivered at since I was stuck there for almost 2 weeks before I delivered. If you have a screaming baby, you swaddle, offer a pacifier, jiggle, and finally shush. you do one, if it doesn't work add the second, third and so on. I have to do all five with my little girl sometimes and other times she's fine with a swaddle and a shush.



After he is asleep/nearly asleep, gently set him down for his nap.

Debbie - posted on 10/12/2009

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my 3 month old son has to be full n he likes to fall asleep on his belly while i pat him on the back as if i were burping him. Even though they say its not safe to put a baby to sleep their belly i make sure to pay attention and once he's knocked out i turn him over n he'll keep sleeping.

Jo - posted on 10/11/2009

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he might be a little overtired when you put him down. generally he should go down no later than 2 hours from when he last woke. just a suggestion but try doing the same thing in the same order for 2 weeks. this may make a difference as he will learn the cues for sleep. also is his room dark enough?

Christine - posted on 10/07/2009

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i have to lay down for a bit with my son, once he falls asleep i can go. thats all that works for me.

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