How to implement Controlled Crying for Daytime Naps

Aisha - posted on 04/23/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My husband and I have started controlled crying with our LO and we are on Night 4 and have had great success so far- but just in the nights :( ... Saying the Daytime Naps are hard is an understatement and I have actually resorted to my old method of just bringing him back to bed with me (I work from home so naps are integral to getting stuff done). Today was especially bad (and this doesn't happen often) he was especially moany and clingy and even though he woke up at 6am. He didn't want to nap until 11.30 and then he only slept for 45 mins and not again till 7.30.



I know I'm rambling ( ;) ), but just wanted to add that he prior to CC training dropped his morning nap and only napped from 12-3pm and then slept by 8 sometimes 9, sometimes 9.30. With CC he is now in bed by 8 and sleeps until 12. Gets a bottle (my son eats like a trooper) goes back down where he settles in less than 3 mins now (took at least 30 mins before). Will wake up at 4ish wanting to come to bed with us, at which time I lie awake and do CC. Then he is up at 6 sometimes 7.



If any Mom out there can give me some advice or help or guidance I would be so grateful.



Thanks millions xo

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Krista - posted on 04/23/2012

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Your son is not quite 1 year old, right? Some kids just aren't good nappers. And it's very possible that he's not napping well because he's a bit screwed up from the change in his bedtime sleep habits. That is probably why he's moany and clingy too. The change might be worrying him, so he's clinging to what he knows...you.

Give him some time, and try to be patient. Just when you think your child is napping and sleeping beautifully, they'll cut a tooth, or hit a growth spurt, or get sick, or SOMETHING will happen to throw a wrench in the whole thing again.

Medic - posted on 04/23/2012

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I have never done controlled crying but I can tell you as soon as you get things to where they work for everyone and you NEED them to nap they throw a curve ball and it never ends. We have found with our 2 year old that there is a magic window of like 15 min and if we lay her down right she will go right to sleep...and if we miss it we are doomed to hell. Since she was little when the schedule would change (aka...she threw a curve) we would do our little routine for bed and lay her down and the first night pat her back, then slowly move away from the crib every night till we were out the door and that worked. With naps we did the same but I noticed if she eats a good lunch right before she sleeps much better so needless to say lunch has always been her biggest meal . Good luck to you...

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Krista - posted on 04/24/2012

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You don't mean that he cries for 40 minutes at a time, right? Because if so, that's not controlled crying...

For naps, it's hard to say. Do you have his room nice and dark? Is there a little routine that you can do, similar to bedtime, to give him clues that it's time for naps? With my son, I will read him a couple of stories, and then if he's really not sleepy, I'll rock him for about 10-15 minutes. It goes a long way towards helping him nap.

Perhaps if you give us more details as to his naptime and bedtime routine, we can see if there's something you could be doing differently.

Aisha - posted on 04/23/2012

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Hey Krista, thanks for your encouragement. You're right Kris is not yet one but would love it if he could nap (for both our sanities). Have you tried CC, any advice for naps in the day? He ends of crying for an hour or more during the day :(. At night it only takes 40 mins which is when we first started

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