Nap time tips?

Sarah - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My baby is 4 months old and has slept through the night since early on. Right now she sleeps from 8 to about 730-8 only waking once to eat. However when it comes to naps, she only sleeps in my arms or in her swing and wakes within 5 minutes of me putting her down. Any tips?

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Brandy - posted on 08/28/2009

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I know it is difficult walking away from your baby while they're awake and they're suppose to be napping. If she isn't screaming, just walk away and allow her to put herself to sleep. She needs to learn that she can not always depend on mommy and I know you think that harsh. You want to always be there for her, but trust me, it is healthy. If she fusses, then let her fuss, but if she cries for more than a few minutes, you can try different methods of soothing her. One great way is to find a special blanket or playing soothing music for her. Babies are much more likely to fall asleep in a familiar setting. Routine is the key. Find a routine that works and stick to it. If you find something that works, give it a few days for her to become familiarized with it. I would suggest not holding her at all when she is tired, this usually leads babies to be completely dependent on mothers to put them to sleep. When you notice signs of her feeling fatigued, lay her in her crib, put on some soothing music, and leave the room. If you hear her cry, let her cry for a few minutes, if it doesn't subside, walk back in and try talking to her. Babies just need to know that mommy is always near, even if they can't see her. If she continues to cry, pick her up and walk around with her, rubbing her back. Talking or singing to her really helps. The sound of mommy's voice is very soothing to infants. Which, brings me to my next tip. You can try recording yourself talking or singing and when you lay her in her crib, play the recording for her. I did this with my daughter and it worked miracles! Other than that, experimenting is the key. Try different things until you find something that works! Good luck!

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