Naptime Nightmares

Megan - posted on 10/27/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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We are struggling w/getting our son to go down for naps. Heading to bed at night is a snap - but naps, he will cry and wail. Unfortunately, because he was a preemie, we held him and rocked him a lot as he went down for all naps. Shame on us, we created this monster, I know but we are trying to break it! Now our son is standing, throws his binky out of the crib and just cries and sobs, and gets so worked up. Any thoughts?

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Megan - posted on 10/28/2008

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Thanks everyone for your help! Our son was born 15 weeks early, so he has been on a hospital schedule and the ONLY blessing coming out of the situation was that he was on a feeding schedule every 4 hours when he came home from the hospital. Of course we were particular proned to holding him all the time becuase we were so grateful he was home.



He has always done two naps, but we are finding the morning nap shortening up quite a bit. Maybe he is outgrowing it. Thank you for the suggestions - I really really appreciate it. We are going to have to try the letting him cry it out.

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Hi Megan. I read somewhere that some babies are like that because that's how their parents are, so if you don't require much sleep your children usually don't either, you might have been that way as a bub. Just reassure him that you're still around by coming into the room and calming him down. I know alot of mums that had this issue, my cousin's daughter didn't even have naps either. Some quiet time is all he may need. You have a gorgeous son keep up the great work :-)

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Megan, I read a book on sleep habits and depending his age, you should schedule his naps... My daughter by the time she was 8 months had two naps, she is now 16 months and she is still in two naps. However she was on a very tight schedule since she was 3 months. By 12 months most kids are only on one nap.

As Leslie said, if he is not hungry, or in pain, you should let him cry, it might be really hard the first days, or week, but he will eventually get it and start developing a nap habit. ( i used to leave the house, as guys are not as sensitive to the babies cry, or I would go to my basement with the monitor on, but only showing the lights so I couldnt hear the noise, that way it wasnt so hard on me)

If he throws his blanket I would let him cry for like 10 minutes, come in, and explain to him that if he throws it again he wont be getting it back. If he does just stick to what you say and he will eventually fall asleep without his blanket...

Hope it helps :)

Leslieseitz - posted on 10/27/2008

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I had a friend with this problem, and she set time periods that she would put her daughter down and let her cry, then after a period of time go back in and reassure but walk out for a long time, and so on........you get the picture. Eventually, her daughter learned that she needed to lay down and take a nap. It is hard to hear them cry, but if you know they are not sick, hungry, or in pain, then you may want to let them wind down. Good luck..

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