how do u deal with a very playful 7 months old baby boy?

Dominick - posted on 06/21/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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all he wants to do is play all day what should i do because he's starting not to sleep?

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Christina - posted on 06/22/2009

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dont let him fool you, he still needs naps. it may just take him some time to fall asleep, he may scream, but he'll sleep, trust me, I had one of those active boys too...

Ashley - posted on 06/22/2009

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my son was taking 3 naps a day but we just cut it down to two. if your lo isn't fussy or rubbing his eyes i wouldn't worry too hard about it. you could also lay him down in his room everyday at the same time even if he doesn't fall asleep and eventually he will fall asleep and start acting tired at that time because he's gotten used to that being his quiet time. hope i helped. good luck

Ashley - posted on 06/22/2009

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my baby is very playful and on many days i find it very hard to put him down for a nap. but really if he's not fussy or showing signs of being tired then he really doesn't need to sleep. my little boy is on a routine but sometimes that routine gets a little out a whack(especially now cuz he's been sick). he wakes up around 6-7 has a bottle plays for about an hour goes for a morning nap at 8 gets up has breakfast,has a bath, plays, has lunch and has a nap around 2-3 wakes up at 4-4:30 has dinner and goes to bed at 7.

Minnie - posted on 06/22/2009

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My eight month old spends a lot of time in the mei tai (what she's in on my back in my pic). She's quiet there and gets to see everything at my level. Entertaining truly isn't needed for infants and children. That's a product of our Western culture. Infants are perfectly content in your arms or strapped to your body just watching what you do and being involved that way.

The motion of your walking lulls them to sleep when they're needing a nap.

Stephanie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I had much rather my little one play all day long and sleep all night! My little one doesn't hardly every take any naps during the day. He usually gets sleepy around 8pm or so and he goes to bed by 9pm every night and doesn't wake up until I wake him up in the morning. My little one is 6 months old and he hardly ever takes naps during the day. Every once in a while he will catch a little cat nap (about 15 mins or so), but he is so afraid he will miss something. So, I don't push the issue. We just play.

Marie - posted on 06/21/2009

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Routine is the key here. My boy, once he become more mobile, wanted to stay up all the time to play. Watch for behaviours like crankiness and eye scrubbing while your son is playing. About 10 minutes after that try to wind the play down to something quiet that eventually leads to nap time in his crib.



I got a blackout shade for baby's room so we could put him in a dark place to sleep during the day. It's SO helped! He knows it's nap time when I take him upstairs to his room, put the boppy pillow on my lap and set him down on it (lay him down to nurse) and pull a blanket over him. The eye scrubbing gets stronger and he seems especially grateful to be there. When I put him down there's little to no fussing (unless he had a really engaging morning).



Get into a set routine that leads to nap time. It'll be a lifesaver as your LO gets older. My little guy is 13 months and that routine has stuck now for the last 3 or 4 months.

Heather - posted on 06/21/2009

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my son is 10 months old, and he loves to play too, but he does get cranky at some point and want a nap. He has a pretty regular schedule of awake at 7, nap one at 9 or 10 for about an hour or so, up to play eat and such, another nap around 2 for about an hour, play, eat, dinner and such, bath at 7:30 or 8 then bed. I think the only way we got this to happen was starting him off from the day he got home with a regular bath and bed time, then later we implemented the set nap times. My advice would be to try and figure out a time he is acting tired or cranky and every day for a week or two trying to get him to go down. Weather you rock him, do the cry it out method, however you choose to start it just get him into a routine. They are very smart and resilient and will notice the pattern eventually. Do what works for you and him though, and I hope this helps some. Take care, I hope he starts going down for naps for you soon.

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