Nap nightmare......

Rita - posted on 09/11/2016 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby is 13 weeks old and was a good sleeper both day and night, however over last couple of weeks he will only take 30 or 45 minute naps, he wake up very fussy and by the end of the day is so overtired, I have tried my best to help him get a better day time sleep, I watch for his sleep cues, I do not keep him up for more than the recommended wake times for his age, I nap him in his cot, I purchased black out blinds, I have swaddled him etc etc.... I am gettig really anxious about this, as I feel I am letting him down and am a bad mom, as he is so upset and exhausted by the end of the day. Also I have been house bound as when I do go out with him, he will not nap at all!!!!!!! This is making me feel so isolated and down, my mother and friends have offered to babysit and I did take them up on the offer but when he would come home is eyes would be swollen and red from tiredness as he would have not slept for them at all, so I now keep him at home as I know he will get at least some sleep if even for 45minutes here and there, but this is not good for him as he needs to experience the world and socialise, people have said that it gets easier at three month mark but I feel like it's the opposite and I feel I am really starting to struggle, I am a first time mom, and want to enjoy my precious little baby but lately all I feel is anxious,......

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Sarah - posted on 09/11/2016

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This can happen during growth spurts and during teething. Catnapping is not that unusual. When you go out, doesn't he fall asleep in the car? What his is night sleep like? How many hours of sleep is he getting over the period of 24 hours?

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Rita - posted on 09/11/2016

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Hi Sarah,
thanks for the post, again i will get about 30/45 mins when out with pram or in car, sometimes less if I stop moving...when he is out he likes to take it all in, so doesn't sleep in case he misses something.. His nighttime sleep is good, he will go to bed at around 6/6.30 pm he can't stay up any longer as is tired after the day he will sleep till 10pm, then he will have a feed (this takes up to an hour) and he will go back down and sleep again till 5.30am, I will give him a feed and he will most often than not go back for another 45 mins then is up for the day. I know this is good, but I read that if babies are continuously overtired durin the day, it can start affecting their nighttime sleep which Im worried may happen

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