Nap times

Amy - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hey, I am looking for some idea's on how to get an almost 8 month old to take a nap in his crib. He was doing really well, and then we moved and he refuses to take a nap unless my husband or I hold him. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This really takes time for myself out of my day as well as accomplishing general stuff. He does really well at night, sleeps through the night and puts himself to sleep, just naps are a problem. I welcome all advice!

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Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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try a new place or even just let him cry himself to sleep. I have done both and they both work.

Stephanie - posted on 01/13/2010

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what's the difference between his crib then and now? different lighting conditions? different bedding? how long since the move?

It's normal for children to go out of whack when they experience a big change like a move. and it could take a while to settle back into his normal routine. :)

you can help by keeping things as normal as possible. Follow the same routines, put him down for his nap just like always and walk away. Do what you normally do when he naps, so he hears those sounds going on in the house. He'll learn that this place is home, and we do the same things here as anywhere else. :)

oh, does he take 1 nap or 2? if he takes 2, perhaps he's ready to give up the morning nap. but I'd guess at 8 mos. he's already done that. :) if not, substitute the morning nap for some quiet play or book reading for a week or so. :)

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Amy - posted on 01/14/2010

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Thanks for all the advice. I will start that on Sunday and see how it all goes...

Wish me luck!

Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi Amy :) I had trouble with William taking his naps during the day, so I eventually had to make him cry it out a little bit. It was kind of tough, but I didn't know what else to do. What I did is, when he woke up after 30 min-45 min. I would make him lay back down put his pacey in his mouth and comfort him with works, tell him "night night" and then leave the room for a minute or so then go back in, but I stood just around the corner where I could either see him or hear him. He would cry for about 15-20 mins. before he would go back to sleep.



If you don't like that idea, I have also tried this other option: When he would wake up, he stands up in his crib, I would make sure he wasn't hurt or sick etc. and lay him back down, of course he didn't like that and would cry, so I would give him his pacey and comfort him by softly talking to him and patting is back or chest gently. He likes to roll on to his tummy, which is I let him, but I don't let him get on his knees to get up, so I lay him back down on his back and repeat the process. I've been doing that second option the most (I only tried to 'cry it out' method a couple times, I feel too guilty) and after a couple weeks it has worked. He sleeps in his crib for about an 1 1/2 to 2 hours.



Anyways, I hope that makes sense and it is helpful. The second option is what has worked for me.



Good luck :)

Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Stephanie, Thanks for the advice. There isn't a difference with his crib, same lighting, same bedding. We moved at the end of Oct. I guess I thought he would be ok with the move by now. He does still take 2 but the morning one is like 30 minutes.

Kayla - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have never been able to get my 21 month old to take a nap in his crib. He sleep all night without a problem in it however. When it is nap time i put him in my bed and he sleeps for 1-3 hours. Thats what works for me and he still sleeps in his crib at night.

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