My daughter wont sleep in her crib for naps

Krista - posted on 07/29/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I Cant get my 4 month old daughter Jenna to take naps in her crib during the day! She only sleeps in a baby swing and will not sleep anywhere else. Please help me with some advise!!

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Jackie - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son is 5 months old and would only take naps if I would bounce him in his bouncy seat. Well not only was that tiring on my leg, but he started only sleeping for like a half hour in it and then wake up cranky. My husband said it was time for tough love with the crib. We started putting him in there for naps. He cried for probably 15 minutes the first time (which seemed like eternity) but now if he cries at all...he only cries for maybe 5 minutes and he's out. Plus, he sleeps for at least twice as long as he used to. Loving the naps in the crib because I don't have to tiptoe around him, he sleeps longer, and I don't have to worry that it's not good for him being cramped in his bouncer. Let her cry it out! Good luck!

User - posted on 08/03/2009

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I'm so glad I'm not the only one going through this! My son will sleep 11-12 hours at night in his crib, no problem. But, at naptime he will only sleep in the crib for 20-30 min. I've tried the routine and letting him cry but after an hour (will increasing intervals to comfort him)he's still screaming and the rest of the day is blown when he does not get his naps. Super frustrating.

Beth - posted on 08/02/2009

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I had exactly the same problem, Oliver would only sleep in his pram or on me for naps, but slept in his cot happily at night. He'd just scream and scream if i tried to get him in his cot during the day. I found a solution was a shorter version of his nighttime routine, which we do every naptime. I read him a story and give him a feed if it's due then put him in his sleeping bag. Then I put on some lullabies and give him his dummy and sit by his cot until he falls asleep, takes about 20 mins usually but he'll sleep there for up to 2 hours at a time and doesn't cry. Made life so much easier this week, I can get on with jobs around the house while he sleeps in his cot

Lisa - posted on 08/01/2009

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My son was the same the swing was the only place but now he is too big! I did the controlled crying thing just put him down, let him cry 'til he fell asleep a bit hard at first but you get used to it, he now sleeps an hour in the morning 2 at lunch and another hour late afternoon, it probably took about a week. It never worked with my daughter i ended up letting her sleep on my bed during the day, it was the only way to get her to sleep longer than 30 mintues!

Katarina - posted on 07/31/2009

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My babyboy (almost 5months) sleeps outside in his pram everyday, 2-3hours. Sometimes an evening-nap around 6 o clock. I don´t think that the swing is the best place for a nap, it might not be good for the back.

Krista - posted on 07/30/2009

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I feel so bad just letting her cry but im afraid she is going to have back problems and some major body cramps. Thank yoy for your help!!

Ashley - posted on 07/29/2009

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My daughter wont sleep more than like 10 min. in her crib at nap time so I started laying her on mine and my husbands bed and shes out for about 2 hours

Amber - posted on 07/29/2009

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Haha...welcome to the club. My son wony sleep longer than 30 minutes for naps in his crib, but sleeps 11 hours straight at night in it. I talked to a friend who said she put her son on a routine for naps and had to let him cry it out until he finally got use to it. Now he sleeps 2 hours in the morning and a hour nap early and late afternoon. Ive started this the last 2 days and today was better than yesterday. Wish i could help more.

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2009

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OMG!! My baby to, he thinks the crib during the day is play time! The swing is a lifesaver during the afternoon hours. Hope someone responds to this with tips..

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