Napping

Chrissy - posted on 10/22/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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It was so easy to get my first to nap, but my 6 m.o. refuses to nap unless I'm holding her or she's in the car. I've tried just letting her cry, but she makes herself sick crying so hard. I think part of it right now is her teething, but she's never been a good napper. I guess I just have to deal with her being a cat-napper. Anyone else have this problem?

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Jessica - posted on 10/23/2010

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sometimes my daughter needs to know im sleeping too that way im staying close to her and she knows she wont miss anything and im not leaving her

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Holly - posted on 11/09/2010

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My daughter is exactly the same. We are still swaddling for night time sleep and when I want her to take a longer nap in the day I swaddle her and it seems to help her sleep a little longer.

Marika - posted on 11/07/2010

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My little one is a cat napper too. My first son was a really bad sleeper (still is), so I guess I am not stressed about it this time round. I am sure they will sleep when they really need it. I think it is just us that need the "time out" more than anything else. Good luck!

Kaitlyn - posted on 11/07/2010

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My now 3 y/o son was the same way when he was an infant. Does your DD sleep well at night? My son slept 12 hours starting at 3 months but only napped while I nursed him or in the car. I did A LOT of driving with him!! Some people told me once he started crawling he would wear himself out more and probably start napping...nope! He didn't become a good napper until he was walking @ 13 months old. I think because he was/is such a good night time sleeper he just didn't need very long naps during the day. So, if your DD is sleeping really well @ night, cat naps might be all she needs.
My 6 m/o daughter is not as good of a night time sleeper as my son was and she is by far a much better napper than he ever was. Good luck!

Casey - posted on 11/05/2010

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My little angel is a horrible napper but at night she sleeps like a dream. from about 830 till 8 without a feeding. She falls asleep on her own and everything but durning naps I have to rock her to sleep and put her down very gently. Sometimes I give up and let her sleep in her swing where she takes much longer naps.

Lean - posted on 11/05/2010

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My daughter is 6 months 3 weeks and she has not been wanting to take naps too. She will nap in the car and wake up as soon at the car stops. I'm still trying to make take her naps because when she is up I can't get anything done. I am hoping it changes soon. She sleeps through the night though.

Elisha - posted on 10/31/2010

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My 6 month old was the same way within the past month though he's finially napping for an hr and half to two hrs twice a day but I got him to that point by making sure his belly was full and after I layed him down if i hear him starting to fuss I go in and give him his pacifier before he fully wakes up and usually he'll go back too sleep I also have a blanket over his window too keep it fairly dark in the room cause he will not take a nap if he see's light.

Kellie - posted on 10/31/2010

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My 6 month old son is the same. He only sleeps for 9- 10 hrs at night, waking up 2-3 times and will only nap for 10-15 minutes 2 or 3 times a day. He used to sleep better at night but for the last week he wakes up a few times crying. It gets very tiring. Im putting it done to teething.

Natasha - posted on 10/31/2010

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I have the same problem too.. Sleeps from 7 till 6.30 most nights which is great.. And about 3 x 25 min sleeps during the day. Every now and then, say once a month, he will give me a 2 hour afternoon sleep! The other bubs in my mums group nearly all sleep 2 hours twice a day as well as all night! So frustrating.. They use the "Save our Sleep" book by Tizzie Hall. I'm going to try it too!

Jennifer - posted on 10/31/2010

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At this age they can begin to keep themselves awake. Try playing with her before the time you would like her to sleep, wear her out! Ticking & deep belly laughs will bring on the yawning:) Also make sure she has a nice full belly, she may be waking up for a snack. Maybe try playing then breast or bottle then solid followed by breast or bottle to wash it down. Then a little quiet time story or rocking chair or both then nap. Also a nice walk in the crisp air should tire her out. Another thought is how much total sleep is she getting, she needs about 13-14 hrs total. If she is sleeping 12 hrs at night and three 1/2 hr naps she's getting all the sleep. If that's the case and you want a longer nap time during the day you might have to get up early & wake her up too. It's tempting to sleep in when the baby sleeps in but you can't have her sleeping from let's say 7pm-8am & expect a 2hr nap at 10 or 11 she's just not tired enough yet.

Chrissy - posted on 10/30/2010

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She does sleep pretty well at night, 9:30-6, so I'm grateful for that! I just feel bad for her because she'll sleep about 30 minutes, then be tired 2 hours later. at least I'm not alone!

Nicky - posted on 10/28/2010

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as long as they are sleeping well at night i think we just have to be thankful that we've had a good night's sleep to handle the short naps during the day, my wee girl naps 3 or 4 times a day, for 30 - 45 mins, it means she isnt up as long as other babies, but try as i might, i havent been able to change her pattern, ended up just going with it, rather than against it, much easier!

Teneille - posted on 10/27/2010

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My son the same he will sleep from 9:30 at night till 8:00 in the morning but he will only do about 45 mins max and yer he needs to have about 3 a day or sometimes 4 because he is so tired

Kateryna - posted on 10/26/2010

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I have the same problem my son will sleep have 3 30-40mins sleep if I'm lucky per day. But he does sleep well at night, so I cant complain.

Kayla - posted on 10/26/2010

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My son is the same way. the only way i can get him to sleep longer than the RARE 30 minutes is to hold him. and as soon as i put him down hes wide awake.

Chaylene - posted on 10/26/2010

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same here its all about 5-10 mins here and there there is the odd time my girl will take a hour or two but hardly ever. but yes she is 6 months and likes her cat naps...

Sarah - posted on 10/23/2010

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Ahh! Omgosh my son is the same way! He is such a cat napper! His naps are usually 30-45 mins 2-3 times a day! I know that's not enough sleep for a baby his age but he doesn't nap. I've been slowly working on switching from the swing to the crib and he sleeps much less in his crib than he did in the swing. Its frustrating but i keep trying. He just doesn't sleep long but he sleeps amazing at night 7-7 with 1 feeding so its not too much of an issue at this point.

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