How to break baby from power napping?

Ashley - posted on 12/13/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is over 2 months now, and he recently started taking power naps that maybe last 30 minutes. He used to nap for 2-3 hours, but now he will eat, power nap, up, cry, and repeat. To top it off he wants to be held all the time. We do not have in him to daycare and the only "good" sleep he gets is when he is home in the morning with my husband, but once my husband brings him to me at work around 1:30. Everyone at the office wants to hold him or come talk to him, so I do not know if this is the cause of my problem. When we are home he wants to be held and I can not get anything done; sometimes he will sit in his bouncer. I have tried letting him cry himself to sleep, but that doesn't work. Any suggestions?

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Tara - posted on 07/09/2012

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She sleeps from 9pm to about 7am with little spurts between 9 to 945 of waking up...She usually takes a nap 2 to 2.5 hours of being awake...but she still only takes 30 minutes. Occasionally we can get an hour or 1.5 out of her but it just depends on the day I guess. I try to get her to wind down and take a nap at her first yawn...(Sorry it took me forever to respond, we've all been sick the last couple of days.)

Rebekah - posted on 07/05/2012

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Tara, how long does she sleep at night? Could she just be overly tired? I've found that if my kids are awake too long, they get overly tired and do not sleep well. Right now, as long as I get my son (8 months) down for his nap after 2-2.5hrs of awake time he'll sleep for 2 hours-- otherwise he's awake in less than an hour. You'd think keeping him up longer would help him to sleep longer, but I've found just the opposite to be true. The best naps he takes sometimes are when he's been awake for less than 2 hours.

Tara - posted on 07/05/2012

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Any luck? Our daughter is now close to 9 months and STILL power naps!! She is in daycare and also does it there, occasionally she does like a 1 or a 1.5 hour nap there, but not at home...we've tried to copy what they do so she has the same schedule and situation..but no luck...She power naps up for 2 -3 hours plays,eats then another power nap, repeat...all the way up until 9-9:30 at night...then she goes down wakes up every 10 minutes for about 30 minutes and then she is normally out for the night with an occasional wake up...Thoughts anyone?

Ashley - posted on 12/14/2011

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I do not nurse..I have tried letting him fall back asleep and sometimes he does, but most of the time he wants to be held.

Rebekah - posted on 12/14/2011

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I always nurse to sleep, but if my son wakes after only 30-45 minutes (and he does often) I let him try to fall back to sleep on his own. I usually give him 10 minutes before I check on him and he almost always falls back to sleep in that amount of time. If not, I just nurse him again and then lay him down. Not sure at all if that helps, but that's what I do when my son tries to power nap.

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