Need help on nap routine

Pradnya - posted on 09/29/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi moms ,

My 7 months old is nursed to sleep and there is no other way in which I can put my princess to sleep . Sometimes she is rocked to sleep . Is it ok to do so ? She takes 1 one HR nap and 1 or sometimes 2 15mins nap . How to set routine for her naps and on an average how much should she sleep during day . She sleeps At 10 pm or sometimes 11 ish at night and gets u around 8 am .... With 3-4 times of night nursing ...is that ok ?

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Lori - posted on 09/29/2013

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It sounds like she's getting enough sleep total. My girls were always "terrible" nappers. They'd do much shorter naps than other babies. I've always been jealous of moms who's kids will nap 2 to 3 hours at a time. But not every baby does this. And ultimately it's the total amount of sleep that they get in a 24 hour period that is important.
I nursed my both of mine to sleep for both nap and bedtime, until they got old enough that they didn't fall asleep nursing anymore. For my first - this was a few months before she turned 2. For my 2nd this was around 2 1/2 yrs old. I see no reason not to nurse your LO to sleep. It's a gift to breastfeeding moms to have such an easy way to get our LO's to sleep. If the routine works for you, then it's a great routine. YES it is OK to nurse your baby to sleep. Don't let anyone tell you that doing so is wrong or that it will cause sleep problems later. That's just rubbish. My 5 yr old sleeps just fine, and so does my almost 3 yr old.

The link I've provided here will take you to a sleep chart. It gives averages for how much sleep a baby needs.

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-much-sle...

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Allison - posted on 10/09/2013

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My baby is 2 years old and he still has to be nursed to sleep every nap time. I have tried my hardest to change it because I would like him to fall asleep himself, but then I realised he didn't nurse to fall asleep at bedtime, he just had some then would lie down in his cot and babble for a while then go to sleep. So I continue to do it for nap times because if I didn't I would have a grumpy baby and I would be stressed out too!!
His routine is bed at 7.30pm after bath and story and in the morning he gets a nap at about 11 for an hour or two, depending how early her woke up. He used to have afternoon naps but gave them up at about a year and a half years old. I say if it works for you keep doing what you're doing and you will be so much lessed stressed. :)

Pradnya - posted on 10/07/2013

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Hey thanks for replying . And thanks for ur suggestions but my baby is sometimes cranky and I feel a nap may help but it is such a fight to put her to sleep during day that I end up gettingexausted and baby sleeps only for sometime most of the days if u have any tips pl do share . Thanks again Tk Cr

Molissa - posted on 10/06/2013

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I am no expert, but I think that if nursing/ rocking her to sleep is working for you, keep doing it. I read a lot of articles saying not to because they can't learn to self soothe, etc... However, if she is napping for 1-2 hours, I think that is great!

Personally, I think that if you are happy and she is happy, it will all be fine. Clearly she will eventually not be nursing and rocking to sleep.... so what's the big deal for now? Enjoy the little one in your arms! ;)

Good luck!

Pradnya - posted on 09/30/2013

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Hey thanks a lot . I had so many books telling me what I was doing was not the correct way but this works for me . U have been a great help . Tk Cr god bless u n ur little ones
Pradnya

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