Naps

Angela - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Naps
I read in “Healthy Sleep Habits” that children get the best rest when they are not moving. Well… my son wasn’t taking naps so when he was about a month old I started putting him in the swing for naps. Since then I have tried to put him down in his crib for naps and he tends to cry. Yesterday he cried for 30 min before falling asleep… then he only slept for 30 min. The second nap he cried for 1 hr so we skipped this nap. I had to go to town so he slept in the car and then when he went down for bed he only showed a minor protest. He sleeps very well in his crib at night. He goes down about 7pm and I wake him up at 10pm to feed him and then he sleeps until 7am the next morning. When I put him in the swing for naps he doesn’t cry and on the occasion when he does it is only for 5 min. So what should I do… should I stop using the swing all together or is there a way to ease him into taking naps in his crib. Any thoughts?

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Cecily - posted on 05/24/2010

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I agree with Nicole. my son doesn't really nap either, he is too big for a swing. he doesn't even sleep in the car in his carseat! I was worried but the doc told me that all babies are different. some need more sleep, some need less sleep. as long as baby is happy and thriving, everything is ok!

Nicole - posted on 05/24/2010

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I'm wondering if it's the age our babies are at, because my little girl doesn't care much for naps either. If she's in the stroller, in the care, or in her swing, she still sleeps only 20-30 min. I put her in the crib as often as possible, but I am very grateful she sleeps through the night. She actually falls asleep around 7pm and doesn't wake up until 5am when we start getting ready for the day around here. I am a little concerned she is not getting a good long nap in during the day, but I know that will eventually come. She's still the boss, and her body tells her what she needs. I think it's just going to take time until she isn't so stimulated by this big huge new world. :)

Catherine - posted on 05/23/2010

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In the end you need to do what works best for you and your baby, you need to make sure they are getting enough sleep, no matter how that happens. If rocking or walking or putting him in his swing is what works for you and your bub then keep at it, if not there is heaps of info on self settling.

Valerie - posted on 05/22/2010

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I think you should do whatever works best for your baby. I haven't read that book, but it's probably more of a guideline rather than instructions. Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 05/22/2010

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My daughter is the same way...I usually nurse her to sleep for her naps but there are days when she just wont fall asleep nursing so i do put her in her swing shortly after when she starts getting really crabby and she falls asleep almost instantly! I also read that they sleep better when not moving...but you do what you have to to get naps in...don't ditch the swing...not just yet at least...if it helps him fall asleep then so be it...when he gets a lil older he will be able to differentiate between nap time and play time and will 10 times easier to put down for a nap!
Good Luck

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