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NAP TIME- 14 WEEK OLD

Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Sooooo after reading a bazillion articles on how to recognize sleep/ tired signs I am more confused than ever! Some people say any nap under 45mins actually does not count and makes a baby more tired??!! Others say if your baby wakes too early try putting them to bed later or in some cases that back fires. EVERYTHING seems to contradict itself and being a first time mother it can get confusing.

My baby sleeps from 7pm to 6:30am most nights with 1 feed anytime between 12am-4am. When he wakes at 6:30ish he is Mr.Chatterbox and talks forever until he gets whingy then I go in and offer his morning feed. He seems to get grumpy pretty quick (within 30mins) so i put him down for a nap and he usually sleeps for 45mins. He seems happy and alert when he wakes after this nap but seems to get bored or grumpy after another 15-30minutes. I keep THINKING he is BORED so I move him to another room, show him a new toy or take him for a walk. He lasts a little while then grizzles and wants to be picked up. i am wondering if these are actually TIRED SIGNS not him being bored??? If this is the case he keeps doing it all day long- how many naps does a baby at 14weeks old need? Yesterday he slept from 11:30-1:30pm (this is the longest nap he has ever had!) then 30 mins later when we were driving to go shopping he kept falling asleep and was a bit grumpy? I assumed after that long nap i could take him anywhere and he would be a happy little baby.

*ANY TIPS* on getting a baby to nap during the day and/ or recognizing tired signs would be appreciated:)

He has just been in his cot for 1 hour and the first 20 minutes he talked to himself then finally slept- now he is awake after only a 40 minute nap!

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Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2010

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I forgot to add- when I put him down for his day naps he breathes alot quicker and starts to kick and flail his arms around. He will go from relaxed to 'hypo' so quickly. When this happens i sometimes sit beside his cot and sing to him or stroke his head to mellow him out so he is relaxed. Once in a while it works but most times by me being there he starts his 'pick me up' cry and he usually stops when I leave the room. He seems to always want to go-go-go! Lately he is drooling tons and wanting to bite everything and wants me to pick him up all the time. Possibly starting teething? I am hoping the pick me up all the time thing is just a phase! He used to love his bouncer and now as soon as I put him in it he cried unless I distract him and sit with him. It is like he is afraid i am leaving him.

Justina - posted on 01/04/2010

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When I had my daughter she took at least 2 naps aday sometimes they are just fussy and need to be held other times they are tired and just fight sleep. Don't read books follow your gut feeling.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2010

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I forgot to add- when I put him down for his day naps he breathes alot quicker and starts to kick and flail his arms around. He will go from relaxed to 'hypo' so quickly. When this happens i sometimes sit beside his cot and sing to him or stroke his head to mellow him out so he is relaxed. Once in a while it works but most times by me being there he starts his 'pick me up' cry and he usually stops when I leave the room. He seems to always want to go-go-go! Lately he is drooling tons and wanting to bite everything and wants me to pick him up all the time. Possibly starting teething? I am hoping the pick me up all the time thing is just a phase! He used to love his bouncer and now as soon as I put him in it he cried unless I distract him and sit with him. It is like he is afraid i am leaving him.

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