Nap time issues

Mandie - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 months old, He sleeps through the night in his own crib. He has done this since he was brought home. I am having a problem with him laying down for a nap during the day. I have tried the routin that he has for bed nothing works. Everytime he gets put down within minutes he wakes up. I think he he can tell the difference between day and night and thinks he is suppose to be up during the day! If anyone has any ideas on how to help him sleep during the day please let me know!

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Elyssa - posted on 10/27/2009

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Lately since my baby has gotten older, he want's to stay up longer. And since we moved he's gotten of his perfect schedule of going to bed at 8pm woke up at 9, nap time at 11 and 2. It was awesome. But now The only way I have been able to put him back on a schedule is by waking him up at 7am, then he goes down for nap around 11 or 12 for an hour, and another nap at 2. Then I put his pj's on him at 7, turn on the humidifier because when he's stuffy he wakes up more. Then I nurse him, and he usually goes now at 8. Hope this helps ;)

Kelly - posted on 10/26/2009

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I like the idea of the black-out curtains (that was my first thought too), or the opposite could also help. My youngest never seemed to like being in the dark when she was tiny, so we got in the habit of leaving a lamp on in her room, or her closet light, all the time, day and night. We still do this, and she is almost four. Maybe that seems extreme to some, and probably is a waste of electricity, but it seemed to help her go down to sleep both day and night, so we went with it. Of course it helps that she has her own room, might not work so well if sharing a room with a sibling or sleeping in parents' room :)

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my kids went down w/ no problems, but i would try a black out shade. i think if i'm correct babiesrus or somewhere like that makes them. or just put a towel over the window and see if that helps.or some curtains that way it's not totally dark. i hope it would work. depends on how desperate you are!

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Kelina - posted on 10/30/2009

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I used to have the same problem..my son is now 6 months and still not a great sleeper during the day but will sleep through the night fine. I used to be very strict about only sleeping him on his back (SIDS etc), but I found that he's just not a back sleeper so I started to put him on his stomach. I figured I could go in and check on him as often as I liked during the day but still have some freedom to do housework and eat! He used to wake up within minutes on his back but now he will generally go about 45min and if I settle him by patting him when he first stirs he generally goes back to sleep for another 45min-1hr. My problem now is trying to get him to sleep without rocking him!!! (but it sounds like i'm not alone in that boat, which makes me feel better!) So maybe change the position he sleeps in, it worked for me. Hope this helps.

Eva - posted on 10/27/2009

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Sometimes when my baby doesnt sleep during the day.. i try putting her in my bed next to me... and i play with her hair... and sing for her.. sometimes it works!

But what i realised the older they get.. the less they sleep! And we have to figure what to do for them all day long lool

Michelle - posted on 10/26/2009

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I HAD THE SAME ISSUE FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF MONTHS WITH TARAYA. NOW SHE SLEEPS THROUGH THE NIGHT BUT STAYS UP ALL DAY LONG. SHE TAKES WHAT I CALL A POWER NAP DURING THE DAY. ALL BABIES ARE DIFFERENT. MY BABY LIKES TO PLAY ALL DAY TILL SHE TIRES HERSELF OUT. NOW I FIGURED WHEN SHE IS SLEEPY SHE WILL GO TO SLEEP. THE OLDER THEY GET THE LONGER THEY WANT TO STAY UP. JUST SLEEP WHEN YOU CAN SO YOU CAN BE ENERGIZED TO STAY UP AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT I DO. LOL!

Cory - posted on 10/25/2009

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have you tried letting her cry? I would let her lay there for just a few minutes see if she falls asleep. i know people have different opinions on this, however it did not hurt my daughter she is 14 months old and she know when she is in her bed she goes to sleep. I never leave her in bed crying for more than 15 minutes, that being said i think she knows how long she has to keep going to get out. so its kinda a situation thing. You know them best if you know they are tired, they need to lay there a bit longer. just make sure its not too long. i really cant stand to hear my baby cry, im not mean, i just know she needs the rest.

Amber - posted on 10/25/2009

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My daughter is the same way, she will sleep maybe for 20 mins during the day and sleeps all night long. i have not found anything that works yet except a car ride but as soon as we get out shes awake. if you find something please let me know!

Irene - posted on 10/25/2009

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i have a couple ideas for u if u turn him upside down a couple times it helps for him to get his days and nights organized i had to do that to my daughter and it worked and for the other idea wrap him up tight and that should do it to my daughter is 4 months and getting big i have to get blackets big enough to grow wither to be able to wrap her up now but that also works!

Mandie - posted on 10/25/2009

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I have to rock my son too, I also hold him as much as I can while he sleep. Thats my problem I have house work and a 4 year old that needs my time too! I can't hold him all the time But thats what I end up doing.. He gets to cranky with no rest! Thanls for your time though!

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My son is four months old and I usually have to rock him to sleep. I can only put him down when he is really out of it, otherwise he will wake up. I try to hold him when I can when he naps but that obviously can't be done all the time!

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