How to help 4 month old to take longer than 30min naps?

Mei - posted on 03/11/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old takes 4 naps during the day, but only catnap for 30min. I do have to rock him to nap or sometimes hold him till he's drowsy, then he'll fall asleep on his own in the swing.When he wakes up after 30min, I try to rock him back to sleep, sometimes he would go back to sleep, but sometimes he won't. And sometimes he wakes up crying till his next feeding which is another hour away. What should I do? Would CIO help? And if he wakes up after 30min nap not crying, but if I don't pick him up soon, he will start crying...so should I just let him cry himself back to nap? And if I want to start the ferber method, do I start with bedtime sleep first or do both bedtime sleep and nap CIO all at once?

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Barb - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi. I have a 6 month old that takes 30 mins naps all day long.  She does take one 2 hr nap in the afternoon.  I noticed you said something about putting him in his swing.  That might be the problem.  My daughter naps in her playpen for the 30 min naps but we put her in her crib for the 2 hr nap.  That might help.  We have let her CIO to go to sleep and also to fall back to sleep.  Just depends on the day...sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt!! GOOD LUCK!!  :)

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Patty - posted on 03/11/2009

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I only have one child so by far im not an expert but i was told by my pediatrician that under the age of 6mo they are not to cio, its not a manipulation at that age.  Could the milk or formula not be agreeing with him.  Have you ever tried soft music or a white noise, sometimes a fussing baby needs something else to focus on... I wish you tons of luck, eventually they DO sleep, i promise ya!

Annie - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi



My son used to sleep like this too, have you thought that LO may be thirsty.  I BF my son so was feeding on demand but with you saying there was over an hour to next feed do you feed every 4 hours?  If so could you imagine going 4 hours without a drink? I know i certainly don't.



Also have you tried putting LO down 10 mins earlier than you already do.  I find the more tired my son is when i put him down the less he sleeps.  I dont know how it works but it certainly does.



I know its not what you want to hear but some babies do just cat nap, how does your LO sleep at night?



Hope this helps a bit xxx

Leslie - posted on 03/11/2009

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must get the book "healthy sleep habits, happy child". It changed my life and will help anyone having baby or child sleep issues!

Christina - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Barb:



cry it out






o ok. i wish my child would cry it out. she just gets louder and louder.

Kristy - posted on 03/11/2009

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Perhaps putting a white noise maker or even a fan in your child's room and putting them to nap in there rather than the swing will help you out. My 19 mo old has to have a fan or noise sounds in order to drown out the rest of the world for him to sleep. Good luck.

Danielle - posted on 03/11/2009

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I was having issues with naptime and bedtime at one point and was told to check out "The No-cry Sleep Solution". I swear by it.  The best thing about it is that they acknowledge that there is no one method that works for every child...they make several suggestions for what you can try until you find what works best for your child.  For instance, instead of heading straight to sleep or even rocking we start a routine by a certain time...go to a room where there is softer lighting, somewhere quieter/calmer, read a couple of stories, and then lay down with hugs and kisses :) Granted my kids are older but the book covers ages from 4 months to several years.  It's worth a try.

SARAH - posted on 03/11/2009

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give him some rice cerial  before you put him down that way he will sleep longer and not wake up hungry

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