My 7 month old won't take naps!

Kacie - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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He will take a morning and afternoon nap each about 20-30 minutes....and that's it. He's not crabby throughout the day...but I would think he needs more sleep than that. He is sleeping through the night from 7:30 pm to about 6 or 7:00 am. As soon as I got towards his room for nap time, he clings to me and starts to cry. I will usually lay him in his crib and he will cry for about 10-15 minutes before falling asleep...and then wakes up about 20 -30 minutes later. Any advice??

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Anna - posted on 02/19/2009

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well, mine would do the exact same thing and what I did was ... mine wakes up about 6.30 am and he lounges on my bed watching pbs with daddy till he his cranky again bout an hour later and then his dad gives him a bottle and he goes back to sleep for and hour. Then between 9 and 10 am I'll feed him breakfast ( cereal) and then we will play and entertain ourselves till 12 when I feed him lunch and after he eats lunch I would give him a bottle and he passes right out and he will sleep for usually about an hour to an hour and a half or more Then between 3 and 4 I'll give him some yogurt ( dr recommended) and his bottle. Then he plays and at 6 I'll feed him dinner, at 7 I'll bathe him and at 8 he gets another bottle and goes to bed for the night. I try to skip the mid morning nap so he can have one long afternoon nap. That's what worked for me....

Kathi - posted on 02/19/2009

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My 7 month old will sleep through the night no problems and he'll take naps @ daycare no problem = however I was having the hardest time putting him down for his naps @ home on the weekends so I tried as best as possible to replicate daycare - which includes darkness and music. Maybe (hopefully!) that will work for you! :-)

Kathi - posted on 02/19/2009

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My 7 month old will sleep through the night no problems and he'll take naps @ daycare no problem = however I was having the hardest time putting him down for his naps @ home on the weekends so I tried as best as possible to replicate daycare - which includes darkness and music. Maybe (hopefully!) that will work for you! :-)

Kelly - posted on 02/18/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. But now, she takes two naps a day, both are 2 hours long. How I did it was lay her down the same time every day. So she lays down at 10am and sleeps till Noon and then again at 2pm till 4pm. I was consistant with putting her down and getting her up at the same time every day. At the beginning, she would wake back up after 30 minutes but I wouldn't go in after her. If she cried, then I would let her cry. She needed to learn how to soothe herself back to sleep. Eventually, she did learn to soothe herself and fall back to sleep. Now, my daughter is rubbing her eyes or yawning at the same time everyday. Once in awhile, she will still wake up during her nap, but does go back to sleep without me going in to check on her. I don't let her get overtired. When they get overtired, then the baby doesn't want to fall asleep, but just cry.  I stick to the routine and try not to get off of it either. Babies need a routine with everything - including nap time.



It does take a few days to get them in routine. And you will have to listen to your baby cry. But trust me, your baby will learn to sleep for longer periods of time. But you can't just go in and pick them up. This is what they want, to be in mom's arms. My daughter sleeps 10 hours at night, sleeping through the whole night and takes two naps a day. She isn't cranky and is a happy baby. I think getting the naps in and sleeping all night, makes for a happy baby.



My daughter is still working on falling asleep without crying, but she has it down to 5 -10 minutes of crying before she falls sleep. Another tip, before laying your baby down, do something right beforehand, such as singing or reading to your baby, changing diaper, or playing soothing sounds. Again, it goes with doing it in the same routine every time you put your baby down for nap. Eventually your baby will see, hear, or feel what you do and realize it's nap time.



I hope this helps. :)

Sarah - posted on 02/17/2009

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I would totally recommend the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. Very helpful in understanding how much sleep your little one needs and when they need it. My guess would be he is overtired. And not to offend at all, but IMHO, babies need WAY more sleep than 8 hours a day. WE need 8 hours a day, kids need way more. Our pediatrician says 11.5-12 hours at night and 3ish hours during the day (in two or three naps) at 7 months old. Our 21 month old still sleeps around 13 or 14 hours a day.

Justine - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son normally sleeps through the night and he's almost 7 months. He doesn't take long naps unless I lay him and force him to take one. He normally sleeps 20 minutes at a time. The doctor told me its perfectly normal, as long as they are sleeping at least 8 hours a day... including overnight... they are perfectly healthy.

Orangegloves - posted on 02/17/2009

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I was told they need around 15 hours of sleep a day. Mine sleeps around 11/12 hours at night, and then anything from an hour to 3 hours in the day depending on what she's done. On a boring day where nothing new happens she ardly sleeps at all, but on a day where she meets new people and goes to new places, she naps more and sleeps longer that night.

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