waking in the middle of a nap

Donna - posted on 05/24/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 13 month old daughter will wake up after 30 give or take of napping still very tired. She desperately wants to be held the entire nap time. We have tried to cry it out but she gets hysterical and when I get her after 20 minutes or so it takes forever to calm her down and she is still exhausted! I know that she has been overly spoiled, I would nurse her to sleep when she was younger and let her sleep in my glider. I have broke her of both those habits but we still have this problem. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

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Zelma - posted on 05/24/2009

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I don't have the same situation as you, but if it were me, when she wakes up I would wait at least 5 mins just to make sure she's fully awake and calling. Then I would enter the room but instead of picking her up, I would lay her down again and stroke her back or belly and talk to her very soothingly that it's naptime and she should sleep. At first, keep at it until she calms down and falls asleep (it takes time!!) Do that less and less each time, but always talk to her. It's amazing how much they understand what you're saying, especially as they get older and you're saying the same things over and over.



Music has always worked for my boy, so the rare times that he has woken up crying I turn on the lullabies and stroke him back to sleep. Hope it helps!!!

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