Nap Time

Ashley - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




Ok so my daughter is 8 months and of course sleeps better during her nap when im next to her but it seems lately every attempt putting her in her crib she wakes right back up. So after like the second time of doing this, I Ieave her in there to hopefully put herself to sleep but she just crys and crys until I come and get her. Any suggestions ???? Help!


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Melissa - posted on 12/04/2009




You need to put her into bed @ a regular time every day if you can and just let her cry herself to sleep .It take a week .It only gets harder .We did this for my daughter when she was 7 days old when she stopped crying I would be standing 2 the door to make sure she was still breathing .But it gets better -The key is persistence.My kids new 2pm every day was sleep time .My Sarah once decided she was not going to sleep so she spent 2 hrs in her cot having quality time with herself.I never had a problem .Be strong and loving but remember you are a parent 1st and a friend 2nd .


Renae - posted on 12/04/2009




I'm going to make this post as short as possible. If you would like more information on cry interpretation or anything else I say you are most welcome to private message me.

I am going to guess that you help your daughter get to sleep and are with her while she goes to sleep, correct? The only way to fix this is for her to go to sleep in her crib by herself.

You have several options as to how you can do this. The quickest way is to use a crying method (of which there are several and you need to choose the right one for you and your baby), if you are able to do it slowly over a few weeks then there are "no-cry" options as well. If you do use a crying method you need to know how to interpret your babies cries so that you know if she is in distress #I say never leave a baby in distress# and you know when to go into her. You mentioned she cries and cries, it is normal for it to take 20 minutes to 1 hour for her to fall asleep for the first couple of days, crying methods usually take 3-6 days to work.

Other options you have are "gradual withdrawal" (google it or private message me) or Tracey Hogg's "pick up / put down" method. Both of these are "no-cry" methods.

Lots of people swear by the book Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall, her method involves a little bit of crying (the amount depends on the age of the baby). There is also "No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley.

Hope this helps.

Lisa - posted on 12/03/2009




I got 8 months daughter too I am having trouble put her sleep in her own bed too. Her sleep will I am side her too. I all time I put her in her own bed will her sleep but I will I put her in her bed her wake up too and I need put her in bed with me

Stefie - posted on 12/01/2009




I feel your pain. I have the same problem and my little girl is already 15 months old. We have tried going through the crying thing for weeks and weeks. Part of the problem is that my family is two hours away and we go and visit quite often. It is so hard.

Brittany - posted on 12/01/2009




Let her cry. Eventually she will get the idea that it is time to just go to sleep and she will start to do it on her own. Put her to bed for a nap at the same time everyday and soon it will become routine, just hang in there!

Ara - posted on 11/18/2009




It's hard to let them cry, but after you do and they establish a routine and know that it's time to take a nap, it's so much better for you and for her. I give her a bottle right before, lay her down, cover her up with a light blanket, give her a soft cuddly silky blanket to pet, put her pacifier in and tell her "Happy Nap" and then she usually falls right asleep. I guess you just have to find what works for you.

Kacie - posted on 11/18/2009




it is so hard to just let them cry. I to just do it for a week and my son finally got over it and slept on his own. At first i would go in after 10 15 mins and pick him up give him a hug and tll him its ok and i love him, then lay him back down. walk away and do that over and over til he was tiered of crying and fell asleep. It took a good week and i was totally stressed, i thought it would never end and i would be doing it till he was in high school. but that thought was motivation to get it done when i did. now he is a year and a half and gets excited about nap and bed time. he loves his crib and has all of his special blankets and as he calls them babies (little stuffed bears) in with him. i dont let him have them during awake time so that he looks forward to them at nap. it seemed to help. i hope everything works out and this helps. good luck

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