I can't get my 4 month old to take naps?

Mallory - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 months old and he refuses to take naps during the day! I try just about everything! He will nap for about 20-30 minutes and then wake up and be so grouchy! I am about at my wits end with him!

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Kelly - posted on 05/27/2009

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2 things have worked well for me:
#1, making sure her room is as dark as possible during the day, the $200 I spent on great blackout blinds was some of the best money I have spent. It gets me at least 30 minutes extra sleep in the morning too!
#2, play play play beforehand! My husband complains that when I am away during the day, our daughter only naps for 45 minutes. I'm guessing its because his focus is not entirely on her. She and I play and interact and I sing and talk to her, and she'll sleep for 3 hours!

Karina - posted on 05/26/2009

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have you tried wrapping him up(swaddle) so he feels secure and cosy? my baby didnt nap well if i didnt wrap him in a lightweight wrap. also some music or lullaby is good. my niece only has little naps during the day aswell and unfortunatley some babies are just like that. i found that if ihad the same nap time routine, he knew what to expect and it helped me get into a routine.

hope this helps....take care of yourself....

karina.

Deborah - posted on 05/26/2009

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My daughter was not a napper either. but it might be due to teething. If he is in pain, then he might not be able to sleep. Is he drooling? Does he have a low grade fever? those are symptoms of teething. Talk to your pediatrician, but motrin does wonders!!

Farah Kareena - posted on 05/25/2009

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Dear Mallory,



im having the same problem too with my 4months plus ashraff. He will expect to be entertained till he gets sleepy, which of course by that time will be very grouchy.

during that time i will make him about 2ounce of warm milk and he will sleep for a couple of hours.

tried warm milk?

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