3 month old won't nap

Erynn - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have tried everything I can think of; cradle swing, normal swing, bassinet, crib, floor on a blanket, in the car, and in my bed. He'll sleep for 2 or 3 minutes and then wake-up. He sleeps well at night from 6-6 or 7. Does anyone have any suggsetions?

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Erynn - posted on 11/16/2009

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He won't go to sleep that way. If I just leave hom in bed, he screams until he throws up. He does that in the car as well, and I know it is not because he needed to burp. I don't know what to do. It breaks my heart when he's so obviously exhausted but won't go to sleep.

Aleisha - posted on 11/16/2009

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I would establish routine. At 2-3 months old I started putting my son in his crib for naps and bed time. You can generally tell when your baby is tired (i.e. increased fussiness etc.) and that is the time to lay them down. I put Joe in his crib even if he was fussing/crying. After about 10 minutes or so if he was still crying, I would go in, NOT take him out of the crib but rub his forehead or tummy, console him a minute and then leave the room. he would cry maybe another 5-10 minutes and then fall asleep. After a few days to a week of that now I have no problems. he is 10 months old now and at 10am he goes down for morning nap and generally sleeps till noon. Then at 2 or 3 o'clock he goes down for afternoon nap and sleeps about an hour sometimes two. And at 7-8pm he goes to bed. He now associates the crib with sleep so I generally don't have any problems at all. Hope this helped....Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2009

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I agree with Erin, Its very uncommon, they should be taking at least 2 or 3 naps a day at 3 months old. I also use a fan pointed away for noise and darken the room. My youngest is now 3 and still takes a nap during the day and still uses a fan as well. Now that your baby seems to be used to it you may just have to let them cry and then keep going in every 10 minutes and reassure them they are fine and you are there etc but do not pick them up and hold them each time. Its hard but it will work eventually and then you will be so relieved once they finally take naps...keeps you sane and then you can get things done or just take time for yourself.

Brandy - posted on 11/16/2009

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I don't think that is uncommon...I also have a 3 mo old that does not nap during the day but sleeps great at night. I can sometime get him to nap for a few minutes but that is about it...the only thing that works for me if I am desperate is I wrap him in a miracle blanket and walk around rocking him till he falls asleep then I can sit down for awhile while he sleeps but that still does not last too long. Good luck!

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Nicholas - posted on 12/03/2013

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I know this post is old, but our LO does the same thing. I'm curious since it is an old post when your little one grew out of this?

Ava - posted on 11/16/2009

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That's how my daughter was around that age. There aren't really any 'suggestions' we can give you for that, that's just how they are. My daughter hated swaddling. I'd tone down the lights but leave them on enough that she wasn't isolated/frightened, and give her a bottle that was warm to the touch (later on, adding rice cereal helped make it even heavier on her tummy). Used to knock her right out.

Erin - posted on 11/16/2009

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i think that is very uncommon, infants that age should be sleeping 18 hours a day at least. i agree with moms saying to have the room very dark and using a white noise machine, if you dont have one use a radio station that is just static, my son wouldnt sleep without noise, he needed that to fall asleep and 2 years later still does, now i use a fan ( not turned towards him ). good luck to you, naps in the day keep moms sane!!

Cheryl - posted on 11/16/2009

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Can you block out all light and do what you do at night to put baby to sleep.Leave him for 15 mins without checking .... Dark and quiet will seem like night time. Do this after feeding so there will be no tummy rumbling to disturb from sleep. Good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 11/16/2009

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What kind of noise do you have in your house when you are trying to get him to sleep? I used classical music no lyrics something soothing, I have also used a white noise machine. Make sure he has eaten, burped and is changed, put him in his pj's make the room dark

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