Napping???

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Just wondering how much everyone's little ones are napping. My daughter (born Nov 22) rarely has a real nap, mostly just cat naps throughout the day.

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Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daugher (born 18th Nov) just cat naps also.  I make a point of putting her down to sleep 2 hours after she has woken (its usually around 9am ish) then again around midday and again around 3pm ish and at each of these times she sleeps for 30-40 mins only.  I make the room dark and put her in her grobag but it makes no difference.  Come 6pm she is shattered and has usually had her milk and is fast asleep come 6.30 p.m., but usually sleeps thru to 7 am.  My Health Visitor says that some babies are just like this, but also that it's a sign of intelligence, we'll just have to wait and see!!

Michelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daugher (born 18th Nov) just cat naps also.  I make a point of putting her down to sleep 2 hours after she has woken (its usually around 9am ish) then again around midday and again around 3pm ish and at each of these times she sleeps for 30-40 mins only.  I make the room dark and put her in her grobag but it makes no difference.  Come 6pm she is shattered and has usually had her milk and is fast asleep come 6.30 p.m., but usually sleeps thru to 7 am.  My Health Visitor says that some babies are just like this, but also that it's a sign of intelligence, we'll just have to wait and see!!

Jodie - posted on 04/16/2009

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Quoting Amanda:



I'm in the same boat.  My baby only naps after I nurse her and when I try to lay her down she always wakes up.  The thing is that she sleeps wonderfully through the night (8 straight hours since 7ish weeks!) and I'm afraid that if I change anything throughout the day that that will change at night.  Also, I've heard that you're not supposed to lay your baby in their crib for naps because to them crib means night time.  Any suggestions?






My daughter is nearly 5 months old and does practicali the same but doesnt need me 2 rock her 2 sleep at night. The thing you wrote bout puttin your baby in the crib durin the day is right, i usd 2 put my daughter in her crib durin the day 4 her naps but then at night she wouldnt be bothered bout goin 2 sleep, but now durin the day she rather sleeps on the sofa with me next to her or in her pushchair and then at night she will go 2 bed bout 7:30 and  wake up between 5 and 6am :D x-x-x

Amanda - posted on 04/16/2009

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I'm in the same boat.  My baby only naps after I nurse her and when I try to lay her down she always wakes up.  The thing is that she sleeps wonderfully through the night (8 straight hours since 7ish weeks!) and I'm afraid that if I change anything throughout the day that that will change at night.  Also, I've heard that you're not supposed to lay your baby in their crib for naps because to them crib means night time.  Any suggestions?

Cathelijn - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter was born on the 25th of November she sleeps about 1 or 1.5 hours from 10 AM then around 1 another Hour and then from about 4 PM 1 or 1,5 hours. I used to hold her a lot and then she would only take cat naps while I was holding her I now put her in her cot awake at around the same time everyday I have realized that for her it is very important to have a routine it makes her sleep a lot better at night....

Jade - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son usually wakes up around 7am, he takes a nap at 9 for an hour and a half and then one around 1 that lasts a half hour and then one around 430 that lasts for a half hour. He is awake until bedtime at 8pm. It seems like he doesn't sleep much at all.

Angelica - posted on 04/12/2009

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my daughter was born Nov. 14 and she takes one nap a day and sleeps for 2 hours. I have learned that if they play alot during the day they well take longer naps and sleep better at night too.

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My daughter was catnapping at 12 weeks - only sleeping for an hour at a time at the most, so I put her on a routine then. Within 2 days,she was sleeping 2 hours at a time.



The routine is fairly flexible: 2 hours awake, 2 hours asleep during the day. She gets up at 7am,  then goes down for her first sleep when she's showing tired signs - usually between 8:30 and 9. She has a nap at 4:30 for about 45 mins, she was doing this every day, but she now seems to be skipping this nap every 2nd day. She normally has a bedtime of 7pm, but if she's skipped her afternoon nap, I usually bring this forward half an hour, as by this time she's been awake for 3 1/2 hours.



 

Claire - posted on 04/12/2009

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My daughter born on the 17th takes about 3 naps a day, around 8:30am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm. The morning one is usually an hour, middle one used to be for around 2 hours but now it's more like 45 mins and the afternoon one is also about 1.5 hours. I agree it helps them sleep at night. Look for the tired signs then put them down and don't give in if you know they're tired. Keep going back in, calming them down and they'll eventually fall asleep. Worse comes to worse - take them for a walk, always works for my bub!

User - posted on 04/12/2009

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my son born on the 4th usually gets up around 5:30, then about 2 hours later takes an hour nap. he takes three naps usually throughout the day. each an hour long

Melanie - posted on 04/11/2009

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My guy is usually a good napper. I agree w/Shonda w/routines and letting them complain/settle down a little on own. Look for drowsy signs especially in early morning. A good morning nap helps set pace for rest of day. Good luck!

Shonda - posted on 04/11/2009

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You need to decide when you want you baby to nap. Pick a morning time and afternoon time and stick with it. If you make the same habit everyday they will cooperate. Don't be afraid to let them cry. My son usually sleeps for 1-1.5 hours for his naps. I think 3 hours of naps during the day is good so they will sleep at night. My son is still struggling with that. He thinks he's hungry at night.

Alecia - posted on 04/11/2009

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My daughter, born on the 17th of Nov, takes cat naps as well.  Maybe once a day she will nap a little over an hour.  It can be very frustrating because she gets so over tired

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