Any advice on how to get my baby to take longer naps?

Leslie - posted on 09/14/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Lately my baby has not been taking long naps and she tends to be really fussy during the day. You can look in her eyes and tell that she is sleepy because they are red and tired but she refuses to take long naps. She just turned 6 months so I don't know if she is fussing because she is teething or is she going through a phase. Need some advice????

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Karina - posted on 09/16/2010

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My baby would go through the exact same thing. But she's teething so when I started giving her teething pills, she would calm down and be able to go to sleep. But she won't stay asleep unless she's on her side or on her stomach so she'll wake up if I would try to turn her onto her back. I just put her down and she'll make herself comfortable. I have her on a schedule so she'll usually take three long naps a day that last about an hour to 3 hours.

Melissa - posted on 09/16/2010

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I go anywere from 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs between naps...You sound like you can tell when she getstierd....maybe she will be a long napper once she gets used to it aswell. We are currently doing 2 long naps and 2 short 30 min naps...so far he is doing great with this schedule. I am still able to take him places and he will take his short naps then...usually at 1 and 6 are the short naps. Then bed at 8:30 or 9. His long naps are 1.5 after he wakes in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon. We are hoping to get him on a 2 long nap schedule soon! Good Luck!

Leslie - posted on 09/16/2010

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To Alysia I have also noticed that Aiyanna sleeps better on her stomach I tried that a couple of days ago and she slept until almost 3 in the morning. I just have to learn how not to go to her every time she makes a sound or she starts crying. Does anyone have a set time that they put there child to sleep?

Melissa - posted on 09/15/2010

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google baby sleep patterns for more info on babies waking after 30 mins! It was very helpfull for me!

Melissa - posted on 09/15/2010

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Our LO does this aswell! At this age, actually starting around 4mths babies start to develop adult sleeping habits and often wake after 30-45 mins, also called cat naps, and often might need to learn how to fall back asleep. So we had to start ignoring him, if we went to him and comforted him or anything that would stimulate him and make it harder for him to fall back asleep. At first he would cry for a minute or two and I would maybe atleast go give him his pasifier quickly, but now he still wakes after exactly 30 mins but he is learning how to fall back asleep on his own. It doesnt always happen but most of the time within 15 mins of him talking to himself and just relaxing he is back asleep and then sleeps for one to two hours! He is far less fuusy and is getting the recommended amount of sleep for his age, 14-15hrs...and it is helping at night too. He used to wake up severel times and have a hard time going back to sleep without me waking and having to put his pasi in what seemed like a million times! but he is now using what he has learned from his naps and is self soothing himself back to sleep!

So from my experience try ignoring her and training her to fall asleep on her own! It is hard at first but should work quickly! Everyone in my house is sleeping better now!!!!!!

Alysia - posted on 09/15/2010

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Mine usually does the same thing.. But when I do finally get my daughter to sleep I usually put her on her stomach even though your not suppose to but my daughter sleeps better on her stomach than she does on her back.

Jaiy - posted on 09/14/2010

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In the last week, my Emory has started doing the same thing. She only sleeps for 30 minute naps and I know she needs more than that. I think part of it may be a combination of teething and pains from growth spurts. I've heard that can cause leg pains. I remember my son doing this same thing every now and then when he was a baby. So, hopefully, it will pass.

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