Not Napping?

Rachel - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter Norah started sleeping through the night at 2 months. She would go to sleep around 10pm, wake up at 6, take a bottle and go back to sleep for another 2 or 3 hours. It was beautiful! She continued to sleep that way until about a month ago. She started staying up later, now her normal bed time is between 12 and 2am. She sleeps until 8 or 9 most of the time.. sometimes she wakes up at 4 and doesn't want to go back to sleep. Night sleep isn't the big problem though.. she now refuses to nap. I've tried laying her down to "let her cry".. but she doesn't cry, she just plays in her crib. I try rocking her and soothing her to sleep for a nap, and sometimes she falls asleep, but as soon as I lay her down and leave the room I hear her scratching the matress (scratching is like her favorite thing right now, she likes the sound I think) and babbling to herself. She's just about the happiest baby I've ever met and hardly ever cries, I just want to make sure she is sleeping enough. On average over the last week or two she's been taking 2 or 3 naps a day lasting a max of 30 minutes. I'm pretty sure that isn't enough. Any advice?

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Guggie - posted on 06/11/2009

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my daughter has always kept her bedtime around 11pm. she wakes at 6am for a drink and then sleeps until 8am although lately she's extended that...i don't know how much longer as i have to get going so i wake her up.



between 1 and 2 months she would stay up till midnight but she changed that around on her own.



she has an hour nap around noon and then 3 more 30 minutes naps throughout the day.



here's the thing: unless your child is acting out, i would totally go with her cues. personally i think napping is a genetic thing. none of my brothers and sisters ever napped. my mom stopped trying after 3 kids. they would lay there and stare at the ceiling, sing or play games with their hands.



meanwhile, everyone in my husband's family is a super napper. they all nap like crazy.



if she is really calm and happy, i would not fuss about it. and to be honest, i would say count your lucky stars. some babies wake up every hour!

Ashley - posted on 06/11/2009

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At 7 months she needs at least 14 hours of sleep per 24 hours. A bedtime of 12am-2am is SOOOOOOOO late for a baby that age! She may be okay now, and even for a little while longer but eventually she will really be off. That's great that she's pretty content, it sounds like that is just her nature. If you want to try a different nap/sleeping schedule my daughter is 7 months too and this schedule works great for her:

Bedtime of 6:30-6:45pm (most babies should be down within the 6pm hour...this is when their circadian rhythms kick in and signal the brain it is time for bed)
Wake up between 6-6:30am (she sleeps straight through and wakes on her own)
A nap from about 9:45-11am
Another nap from about 2:45-4pm
I put her down at the first signal she's tired (eye rubbing, not interested in playing, starting to get fussy) and she falls asleep within 15 minutes.
A nap of only 30 minutes is not quality sleep and will eventually lead to an overtired baby.

Jessica - posted on 06/11/2009

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Throughout the first few years they go through so many changes. As soon as you get used to one schedule, it gets changed. My daughter switched from 3 naps to 2 around 6mos, then to 1 around 12mos. And each change was not a smooth one. We had to adjust the amount of activities and eating until we found a balance that worked. Only suggestions, track how much she really is sleeping, and maybe more food and activities (fill her up and wear her out). Our ped said, if she wakes up crying, she most likely needs more sleep. Maybe she just needs less than others.

Rachel - posted on 06/11/2009

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Norah is 7 months old now. She doesn't cry at night when she goes to bed. She almost always just plays until she wears herself out. Sometimes she fusses a little, but not for more than 5 minutes.

Samantha - posted on 06/11/2009

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When my daughter was that young, she could take little power naps and be good to go for the rest of the day. If you really want her to nap, lay her on the floor or somewhere that you can lay with her, if she falls asleep, you can get up and do what you need to do. My son would take two naps at that age, one in the morning around 10 for an hour or two and then around 1 or 2 for another two hours. If you put her in to bed at night, does she cry?

Samantha - posted on 06/11/2009

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When my daughter was that young, she could take little power naps and be good to go for the rest of the day. If you really want her to nap, lay her on the floor or somewhere that you can lay with her, if she falls asleep, you can get up and do what you need to do. My son would take two naps at that age, one in the morning around 10 for an hour or two and then around 1 or 2 for another two hours. If you put her in to bed at night, does she cry?

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I'm not sure how old your daughter is now, but from what I understand, your child will make sure she gets enough sleep. At around 6 months they need about 10-12 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, so if she is sleeping through the night, then a large portion of that time is fulfilled. Also, at around 6 months, many children are able to stay up for 2.5 - 3 hours at a time during the day. If on average, she gets around 10-12 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, I think she's okay, but all children do vary. If you are still worried, I would call your pediatrician. Also, pay attention to any 'tired/sleepy' cues she may exhibit and put her to bed for a rest - if a child is over-tired then they become frustrated and won't fall asleep even if they want to. GOOD LUCK!

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