anyone have any tips for babies who like to fight off naps?

CoreyAnn - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter tries to fight off sleep and I know she's tired, I've tried everything to get her to take naps better but nothing seems to work. As soon as I see that she's starting to get tired I try to get her to take a nap, but she won't go down until 2-3 hours later, and she gets really fussy in the mean time. She used to nurse to sleep, but now she gets too full and distracted even if I'm in a quite room. I've let her cry in her crib, I've tried just putting her in her swing and "ignoring" her. I've tried white noise, but she still fights off naps for as long as she can but gets really fussy in the mean time. Some times I can get something to work once, but then it's like she catches on and won't fall asleep with that technique again. Does anyone have any tips? I would love to know them, I'm willing to give it a try, thanks!

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User - posted on 06/17/2009

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My daughter is 4 months old and I still have major issues getting her to sleep, but I do find most of the time she falls asleep after a warm relaxing bath, or i put her in her pram and push her around the house. The sure fire way to get her to sleep is to nurse her to sleep but ofcourse she gets too full so what I do is the minute she starts getting sleepy I quickly pull myself away from her and replace the nipple with her dummy/pacifier, she doesnt even know the difference!! Good luck!!

Amy - posted on 06/16/2009

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My daughter is 3 and my son 19 months they fight there sleep to so what i got to work is when i noticed them getting tired i would give them a warm bath with the johnson and johnsons bed time bath, it relaxes there body and when they get out of the bath i will turn on cartoons they will then lay down on the couch or where ever and fall asleep.

Stephanie - posted on 06/16/2009

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I use the womb sounds bear which is a miracle worker, but another thing you may want to think of is swaddling her. I have personally never used this but if she likes being held tight while she starts to nod off in your arms you may want to consider buying one and trying it.

Theresa - posted on 06/16/2009

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My son is 1 now and he was the same way before he turned 1. It sounds horriable but you just have to be them in the crib and let them cry. My son falls asleep now as soon as a put him in the crib. I used to work night work and the grandparents that were watching him were leting him sleep with them which didn't help. When you get them on a schedule it is so much easier.

Katie - posted on 06/16/2009

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my babys just started to do this. i usually have to lay in bed with him untill he is asleep also i put him in a baby carrier bag and go for a walk that works also.

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