Making nap time longer

Ashley - posted on 02/28/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




My 8 week old struggles taking daytime naps. He is sleeping about 9 hours during the night with no problem. He's on a 3 hour feeding schedule during the day. After eating we keep him awake for 1.5 - 2 hours and by then he's falling asleep. After laying him down he will last only 30 minutes. We will try to soothe him with patting him or with his pacifier, if he falls back asleep it only lasts for about 10 minutes. He is swaddled and white noise is going. Any advice?


Tyrae - posted on 02/28/2011




My daugther does the same thing and she sleep awesome at night. She just doesn't seem to need to sleep too long during the day.


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Stifler's - posted on 03/01/2011




If he's not crying for most of the day then I'd say it's okay for him to be awake a bit. My baby only lasted about 45 minutes without crying his head off after a feed so we knew it was nap time and rocked him to sleep. He never slept a long time either.

Louise - posted on 03/01/2011




Is this baby breast fed? If he is formula fed he should be eatting every 4 hours and having two long naps a day morning and afternoon ish! Your child does not seem to be doing anything by the book if he is sleeping for 9 hours at night already. I think you have been very lucky. Most baby books state that a baby this young should be getting about 13 hours sleep a day, but if your child is not grumpy from lack of sleep then he just does not need the sleep. Try turning the white noise box off as he has to learn to sleep without it at some point. I also found that at 8 weeks during the day my daughter slept longer in her vibrating chair so if she woke up after only a short time I transfered her to her seat and she would fall back to sleep.

I don't understand why you are keeping your baby awake let him find his own sleep pattern and you may have more luck. At 8 weeks babies are normally asleep more than they are awake so let him do what comes naturally to him.

Carolyn - posted on 02/28/2011




1.5- 2 hours of waking time between naps seems like a long time ( to me anyways) he may be getting over tired and this can typically cause difficulty sleeping. watch him closely for a few days for his sleep cues and when you see them come on, put him down.

with my son i have always found if i push too long past his sleep cues, his naps have always been shorter. When he starts to yawn and rub his eyes, its time to start settling and hit the sac within 10 minutes.

also try to avoid over stimulating within a half hour of the time you want to put him down. this can also mess with naps and sleep. So if you notice within an hour he is begining sleep cues, after 40 minutes, slow down the activity sit quietly . talk to him softly etc for the last 30 minutes and put him down.

im also guesing it takes about 20 minutes to feed and then you have 1.5 - 2 hours on top of that. just seems like a long time for an 8 weeks old to be awake. could be because it wasnt till about 5 months that my little guy would last that long between naps LOL. Hes almost 9 months and we are just getting him to 3 hours between sleeps without him turning into a monster haha

Kaitlyn - posted on 02/28/2011




Some babies just don't need long naps, especially if they are sleeping so well at night. My son, who is now 3 y/o, did not really nap as an infant. He did about what your son is doing. He was a phenomenal night time sleeper however. He started sleeping 12 hours a night at 3 months. Your son might be on the same path because most people I know who have children did not get 9 hours at 8 weeks. Once my son started walking at 13 months is when he got into a more regular nap schedule w/ longer naps. By then he was doing 2 naps/day @ about 2 hours each. I know that is not very reassuring, but it really could be much worse.
He may have issues putting himself back to sleep too. Or, maybe you are waiting too long before you put him down. I know w/ my DD (10 months) who is a great sleeper all the time, if I put her down too long after she is showing me she is ready, then she will not take her usual 2 hour nap. Maybe try putting him down 15 minutes earlier than you usually would, or before he starts falling asleep, and it may last longer. There are a number of great baby sleep books out there as well. Good Luck!

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