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Nap troubles :(



I am new to this forum and I am looking to get some advice with a nap issue I am having. My DD is 8 week and she used to nap like a champ. I tried putting her on a schedule last week and I think I may have messed with her sleep patterns or maybe she has just become a terrible napper who knows? Regardless I am having some troubles. When she show signs of being tired I will put her down ether in her swing or carrier (I tried the crib, but that is a hole other can of worms, she sleeps in it just fine at night with no help but not for naps) she will fall asleep and like clockwork she will wake every 20-30mins and I will try and get her to go back to sleep but again 20-30mins later she is awake, and the funny thing is she is yawn and rubbing her eye in between so she is tired. I wish I could get her to take longer naps as I know she would benefit from them as she is fussy during the day and extremely fussy toward bedtime. She only stays awake for about 1-2 hours in between these cat naps, so she is not staying awake to long she is just not getting enough sleep for her naps. At night she will sleep 8-10 hours so she is getting her sleep in the evening, and I have no troubles getting her to go to bed, it’s just the silly naps. Has anyone else experienced this and what did you do that worked? Do any of you seasoned moms have suggestions or advice? Please help me for I am at my wits end.
Mar 04, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

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my thoughts

There could be a couple of things going on here:

1. Scheduling - Yes, interruptions in scheduling really can throw her off, but (in my experience) as young as she is she should be back on track within a few days if you resume the previous pattern. She is on a schedule--hers. Some kids really thrive with a parent-established schedule (like my son) but others don't take to it at all (like my daughter). Have you tried to see what her schedule was triggered by before? (e.g. having a bath or going for a walk usually start a napping cycle, etc)

2. Colic? The fussiness you're describing could be colic. Colic is basically gas and uncomfortable tummy that usually starts up around 1 month or older and can last for a few months. It's common that it gets worse around the late afternoon and into the evening. This happens to a lot of babies, and while there are remedies out there (like "gripe water" which is available at most grocery, mass retail, and drugstores) usually it's something they have to outgrow in time. Here's a good link from WebMD with helpful info.

3. Stress? Has your family life (work, ambient activities and noises, emotional stressors, etc) possibly changed/increased? Babies easily pick up on tensions around the house.

4. Sensitivities? How have you been feeding her? If she's on the breast exclusively, then that should be fine, but if you're supplementing/entirely on formula, you might want to consider switching brands. Check with your doc if she might be lactose intolerant and need to go to soy (but don't self-diagnose - babies should only go on soy if a doc recommends). Have you started with solids yet? Generally she's a little too young for that and it's possible that this could cause her some discomfort.

While you can and should check with your doctor or public health nurse if you are truly concerned, take comfort in her excellent night sleeping. This is not only quite unusual for such a young baby but also means she's getting at least some decent rest. Babies of course still need the daytime napping, but it would be much more concerning if her night sleeps were also interrupted.

There are a lot of smart moms on this forum, so I'm sure you'll get lots of good advice. Good luck, keep us posted, and we really hope your little darling improves soon! It's a tough stage, but they are so worth the effort :)
Mar 05, 2013 @ 09:32 am
Ali de Bold

My experience

At that age my boy wasn't really on a consistent napping schedule yet. In fact he was never a big napper at all until about 5-6 months old and then he started doing two naps a day. The kind of things I've found to make nap time difficult is:

* If he's hungry, diaper wet or has gas. I always made sure he had a full belly and a dry bum.

* If he recently slept and isn't truly tired. In that case I made sure I played with him and entertained him so that when it was time for him to nap he was actually tired.

You will find that the schedule changes many times at this stage. She is going through a lot of changes and what works last week may not work this week. I found walks to be the magic touch for my boy if he was fussy or needed a nap but wouldn't take one. Bundle her up in the stroller and go for a nice 20 min walk. That did the trick for me every time.

Good luck!
Mar 05, 2013 @ 10:49 am

Napping Schedule.

My daughter didn't get into a napping schedule until she was about 6 months old. There were some days in between that she would nap reguarly, but that was just a coincidence.

The best thing that worked for my daughter napping was a warm bottle, and full stomach. I also found that she received "white noise" stimulation very well. I had a little recorder in her bedroom that I would turn on when I laid her down for a nap. It really soothed her.

Hopefully you'll be able to find something that helps!

Mar 05, 2013 @ 11:16 am

Napping Blues

I can totally relate and great advice in the comments above. At around 4 months my little guy was showing signs that he was ready for a nap routine (getting drowsy at the same time each day). Well since we put him on the schedule it has been a roller coaster. To initially get him to sleep I find what works best is that we keep a routine - same book and song before every nap and then a little white noise and he goes down very quickly. Some times he will only sleep 45 minutes, other times hell go 2 hours. So our real struggle is getting him to nap longer (which appears to be a very common issue i.e. 45 min intruder). To extend the naps I have the best luck by coaxing him back to sleep after he wakes up (he will usually sleep another hour after that, but sometimes it does not work and I just have to let him wake up and play). I think being flexible is important, but also being consistent. We are about to hit 6 months and I am seeing some results.
Mar 07, 2014 @ 04:59 pm


Some kids are different keep the same routine everyday and also some kids only need a power nap during the day. My son got into a napping routine at about 8 months he only slept in a very dark room and it took time to figure out what made him nap and stay asleepfor more than 30 minutes
Apr 21, 2014 @ 11:38 am


Just a quick update, as my son got older he napped much better. Sometimes you just have to give it time.
Sep 03, 2014 @ 12:04 pm


Oh I can totally sympathize! My youngest is 8 months and he is the worst to get to sleep. Sadly, I think its a phase they go through. I have had 4 children and they all seem to have hit an age that just made them not want to sleep.

The nice thing is , is that they do grow out of it. I think the more important thing is keeping your sanity! If shes sleeping that many hours through the night, she just might not need as much sleep in the day as you would like.

I know we are given manuals and flyers on how many hours our babies need, but they are individuals too so dont take that too literal.

My oldest (7 yo)hated napping and it was a terrible fight, so I gave up and we never really made her sleep unless she was tired but was always decent about bedtime.
My second (5yo) loved his nap until he was about 4.5 and has always been good about bedtime.
My third hates naps (3yo), but he took them till about 2 but then fought them so hard that I gave up and now he just has a regular bedtime
The fourth one ( 8mnths) is finally getting into a routine. Hes up for about 3-5 hours then sleeps for about 2 hours then he sleeps about 8-10 hours at night.

If you need to talk, just let me know. I totally can relate to those feelings of not knowing what to do. Sometimes all we need as mommys is to have someone to bawl too for a bit :)))
Sep 03, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

Try This

Switch the way she sleeps. Meaning if she is head to toe, switch her toe to head. I tried it and my son slept proper with naps and through the night.
Sep 03, 2014 @ 01:24 pm


Try more activities that tire her out throughout the morning. Keeping her very active helps.
Sep 03, 2014 @ 01:25 pm
Radar Lover


Every child is different. You can do your best to work in a schedule but even the simplest changes can affect their routine. Like the time changes and the weather.

Your little one is 8 weeks? You may just be experiencing a growth spurt. Give it a little time. I am sure she will be back to a similar schedule soon.

Sep 03, 2014 @ 06:29 pm

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