My 2 month old sleeps GREAT at night but is fussy during the day...any help?

Teresa - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My two month old is sleeping 6-7 hours at night but now seems really fussy during the day and doesn't usually nap for more than 30 minutes to one hour. Do you have suggestions for how to keep her happy while she's awake? We have a floor play mat, bouncy seat and swing...they work sometimes, but only for maybe 10 minutes at a time. It's almost like she's tired and wants to nap but is too distracted by everything she's starting to be able to see...then gets cranky because she's tired. Know what I mean?

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Jen - posted on 11/20/2008

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That's exactly how my son is. He is 12 wks old and recently doing the same as your child. I have just had to take the time and rock his little butt to sleep so he gets a good nap in and is less cranky, it seems to work so far. He still gets a little cranky and bored fast but much much better than before he napped.

Regina - posted on 11/20/2008

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My kids are older now, but I my daughter was difficult to get to take naps during the day. Like your baby, she would get so tired, but not want to nap. Unlike your baby, she didn't sleep much through the night either, so you should be thankful for that. At 2-3 months old, they really start noticing the world around them and won't go down for a nap if there are too many distractions. The only thing that ended up working for my daughter was to put her in her crib, darken the room and let her cry for a while until she fell asleep. I know, it's really hard to let them cry, but after a few times, she knew I wasn't going to pick her up and entertain her, so she just started going right down for naps. Thank God I didn't have this problem with my sons because there were two of them at the same time. Good luck.

Megan - posted on 08/14/2014

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My son is 8 1/2 weeks old and we have been battling for naps since week 3. My only saving grace most days is swaddling him. But we still have days where nothing works. I feel bad for our sitter who is with him from 7am-5pm. He will be a perfect angel until about 10am and all hell breaks loose until about 6-7 pm when he winds down...

Kathy - posted on 11/20/2008

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Deja vu! My daughter was exactly the same. Night was fine, but naps were almost non-existant. First three months I tried anything for sleep or entertainment--swing, bouncer, walks, floor mat, rocking/feeding to sleep. Around 4 months, we started to have 'planned' quiet times in her room--eventually these transfered into 2 one hour naps. Now that she is 4 1/2, I see that her outgoing, curious, energetic, intelligent personality was there in that baby that just couldn't stand to 'miss' anything my sleeping during the day. Its stressful for a time, but I'm convinced its a sign of a pretty amazing personality in the bud.

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Jennifer - posted on 11/20/2008

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Oh...and the vibrating bouncer knocks them out too..its like the car vibrations!

Jennifer - posted on 11/20/2008

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I highly recommend the book Baby Wise. you can get it at the budget book stores too. It help set up good sleep schedules for babies. My son is 2 1/2 now and we rarely fight bed time. He sleeps from 8pm -6ish and takes good 2 hour naps. Hope you look it up!! Good luck.

Teresa - posted on 11/20/2008

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Kathy - that's encouraging! I might try the quiet time in her room. I currently try napping her downstairs in her pack-n-play. Maybe now that she can notice things and be more stimulated, it's too distracting. Good idea! Jen and Alix, thanks for your replies too. Nice to know I'm not in this alone.

Alix - posted on 11/20/2008

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my son is similar. he is 4weeks old n is seeing shapes so is facinated by everything lol i usueaal put him in the cradle n put his mobile on with the music n he seems happy n sometimes falls asleep. if that doesnt work i put him in the carrier n do my thing while he sleeps. i asked my gf y he does it n she told me that its coz they like hearing n feeling ur heartbeat n smelling ur scent n it settles them in2 a good slumber. hope that helps

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