napping longer

Valerie - posted on 09/17/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi all,
My LO is not napping more than 30 minutes at a time. it's getting frustrating.I try the Pantley method and so far no improvement for 10 days. Does any one have little tricks of the trade they can share.

He sleep pretty well at night and I dont want to disturb that but the only way I can get him to sleep longer is in my arms. My son is almost 4 months old and used to sleep longer until he hit around 3 months.

Any insight would be appreciated

Thanks

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Cecilia - posted on 09/17/2013

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Then I would suggest removing 2 of the naps then he will sleep longer for the ones he has. As I said, typically, a nap after breakfast and a nap after lunch is how it normally goes. So 3 hours after he wakes lay him down (around 10). He will probably only take a 30 minute nap and wake at 10:30ish. I would then suggest around 2 or 3 lay him down again. This is where you'll get a longer break. He will be tired and ready to go to sleep for you.

Valerie - posted on 09/17/2013

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Actually, every 90 minutes to 2 hours, he shows signs of sleepiness. I'm trying to change his habit of doing 90 minutes awake 30 minutes napping. The 30 minutes napping is only if I put him down in his crib or swing. If he's in my arms, he naps for 90 minutes straight, passing through all the stages of sleep. If he only gets the 30 minutes sleep, he gets crankier after 60 minutes of awake time.

As for the night, he sleeps at 9 pm and wakes up at around 6-7 am (1 or 2 breastfeeding) and we try to keep him asleep until 8 by rocking him but as soon as we put him down, in 5 minutes he wakes up.

Cecilia - posted on 09/17/2013

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Is he cranky during the day for you? How long is he sleeping at night? When is his nap time? I ask because he might not need much more sleep than he is getting.


Some babies at this age will take two 20 minute naps and sleep 9 hours at night. If he is sleeping 11 hours at night for you it could be perfectly normal. The "average" her her age group is 14 hours of sleep. Believe me, not all babies even come close to that average, some go way over it.

If he is waking at 7am and napping at 2pm, it means he is waiting until he can't stay up any longer. "Typically" at this age they nap after breakfast and after lunchtime.

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