Why does my 4 month old act like he's tired but doesn't go to sleep? & a whole bunch of questions... HELP!!

Tabytha - posted on 02/18/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So there are times when my son is rubbing his eyes, putting his hands over his face to block the light and slowly closes his eyes for a brief second and then opens them. At times he has puffy red eyes.. but he doesn't go to sleep.. Noah only naps for an hour/ hour and 1/2 at most. Then he'll wake up on his own all crabby because he didn't get enough sleep. Why does my son act like he's tired but doesn't nap? How do I help him take longer naps? How long should a baby be sleeping each nap? When he's awake after short naps, should I play with him or should I leave him alone so he can go back to sleep?(Even though he doesn't) He's usually up for a while after the super short naps

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Elfrieda - posted on 02/26/2013

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Sound like he's over-tired. When babies are over-tired, it's like they CAN'T fall asleep without major effort on our part.

My 3 month old was taking 45 minute naps several times a day, and waking up 2 or 3 times in the night and I was absolutely wiped out. I got the advice to leave her when she wakes up after 45 minutes, and decided that I would let her fuss for up to 20 minutes. Well, the first day I did this I put her down for a nap 1 hour after she'd woken for the morning, at her very first indication that she might be tired. After 45 minutes she woke up, but I gritted my teeth and didn't go in, and she went to sleep or another 45 minutes!

I did this again and again throughout the day, and it worked almost all the time. That night she only woke up once! It's been a week now, so I think this is the new normal. I like the new normal.

So I thought I'd let you know what worked for us. Mind you, she was able to fall asleep by herself if I put her down drowsy but awake, so I think that was the first step.

Christina - posted on 02/25/2013

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My daughter is the same way. She is 6 months old and she stays awake until she can't fight it anymore. I feed her, I rock her, I sing to her and she just stares at me in wonderment! I chalked it up to her just not wanting to miss out on anything! She's an observer, she's always watching what everyone is doing. Does your son do that? He may just want to be a part of whatever is going on in the house and not want to miss out on any fun!

Kimberly - posted on 02/18/2013

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Every baby is different. I have a 5 month old who naps often but I also watch my sisters 41/2month old who does the same thing some times when he's on the verge of wakin I pat I'm on the back to help him get back to sleep. Try putting him n a room with the shades closed n tuning a fan or something for white noise that might help him stay asleep longer my 5 month old takes 2 hour nap about every 6 hours n on the playing with him when he wakes. Baby's will usually let u know n some way.....I hope any of this is helpful

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