My almost 4 month-old daugther no longer will nap!

Melissa - posted on 02/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I don't nurse her to sleep, because I want her to know how fall asleep on her own. I'm not quite at my wit's end, but I'm out of ideas. Any suggestions? Oh, and I burp her, she's not gassy as far as I can tell...she might be teething (nothing showing yet), so I've also given her teething tablets.

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Aimee - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son went through a no nap pahse from about 4 to 5.5 months or so.  Our ped just said, "I am sorry.  Some kids don't like to sleep."  I guess I was like that as a baby.  But he did grow out of the phase, and for months afterwards he actually took very long naps AND started sleeping better at night.  It was like he was a newborn again, sleeping more than he was awake.  He also did start teething at four months, but teeth were never able to poke through until after his first birthday.  He is 2.5 now and still teething.  Teething is a struggle.  Tylenol was the only thing that helped our son through it.  So your baby might be teething even if you can't see anything.  Watch for drool, lots and lots of drool, and the desire to chew on things.

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Samantha - posted on 12/30/2009

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my little boy is just past 3 months old and he is teething we tryd everything then one day my husband put some jam on hiss dummy and he went start back to sleep try that

Ashley - posted on 02/04/2009

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My baby is doing the same thing! She's almost 5 months old, and it's like her sleep is not needed anymore...but MINE IS! LOL I hope she gets through this phase soon. I miss my sleep...and I look like death warmed over!

Joanna - posted on 02/04/2009

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hey i had this problem when Mason turned 5 months old!! I found that if i really wore him out during the day ...lots of tummy time, and if she gets fussy, let her cry it out a little. Crying is good for the lungs, and it helped me with Nap time alot. What i started doing too was putting cereal in his formula when he got really fussy. A full belly makes for a wonderful nap time! I hope it works!!!

You can also try music... i dont know if its a big thing in your life, but my son loves music and we play a crib box every time he goes to sleep, seems to help alot too

good luck!! shes so cute

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i read that you are giving her teething tablets right?  did you check to make sure there is no caffiene in them?  that might be keeping her awake.  i never thought to check that but when her father looked at the ones we had he said the one ingredient listed had caffiene.   which seem to be keeping our daughter awake.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2009

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mine only takes 1/2 hour naps.  he takes 4 a day.  but sleeps through the night (most nights).  maybe try swaddling her.  or try to go in every 5 min or so when she's crying to tell her you love her, maybe she'll learn on her own.  maybe also try a nap "routine" similar to your bedtime routine. good luck!!

Carrie - posted on 02/03/2009

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She's probably teething- check her gums...at least she's not waking up all night like mine did! This too will pass!

Tanny - posted on 02/03/2009

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I'm having the same situation...She's been napping for 30-45 mins. for the past two days.Prior to that she napped from 1-2 hrs. When awake she is alert and doesn't have a temp. She's also eating more...i'm thinking a growth spurt.



Melissa could your baby be teething?

Melissa - posted on 02/03/2009

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She'll go down, she just won't stay down. She sometimes wakes up wailing, sometimes it starts as fussing that crescendos...She acts like she doesn't want to nap, but she's obviously tired. Did you have trouble transitioning back to naps in her bed?

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how does she act when she doesn't nap? maybe until this phase is done, nurse her to ssleep or rock her.. my daughter and I used to nap together on the couch

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