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16/05/2013 at 12:26
Baby is now about 6.5 months old and her napping is just getting worse. I read in the books about 1-2 hours naps and want to cry!
She has 3x naps per day of a MAX of 30 mins. She just will not sleep any more. Sometimes its only 20 mins!
Due to this she has to go to bed for 6pm which means her bedtime bottle is early, hence night time wakings etc etc. Also I know she is still tired when she wakes up but I cannot get her back to sleep as I guess she feels a bit refreshed.
She also wont nap in her cot its in the buggy. I think school run times not helped this as 2 of her naps quite often are on the school run.
Anyone else had this. Any tips or do I just ride it out and hope the naps get longer?
I guess eventually she will drop them at least, thank god!
16/05/2013 at 13:22
Is SHe mobile? I only ask as little man didn't do decent day time napping until he was mobile and then it finally started happening for us. As for length of nap I really think that varies baby to baby, so little man has on average 2 naps a day one long one short (you can't predict which will be the long and which will be the short) however a friends little one has 3 short naps aday the total time they both nap isn't that different but they just have different rhythums
16/05/2013 at 13:24
meant to add the thing that helps with us is catching just as he gets tired and getting him down for the nap, we also have a na routine (if we are home) of sleeping bag song and down in cot.
16/05/2013 at 13:37
C was really bad for napping at about that age too, she didn't want to miss anything and we were out and about with E at groups so much. She's much better since I went back to work and she gets a regular routine - but that probably won't help you.
Some things I found which helped where to try and get at least one decent nap in at home each day and put the pram somewhere quiet (she woudln't nap in cot either). I used to try and get her down before she got over tired and make sure she was warm and cosy as then she slept longer, so we always had a cosy toes on the pram (still do).
I seem to remember things settled down a lot once we got further into weaning too, I think having a set feeding routine helped her to sleep better.
Hope this helps
16/05/2013 at 14:06
Sounds like S who is the same age. She's slept for about 20 mins so far today and is now shattered. By the time she's now asleep I'll have to wake her for the school run. I share your pain. x
16/05/2013 at 14:11
Is your older one at school all day? N used to only do 3x30 mins a day and in the end for the afternoon nap so around 12:30 after lunch I would lie down with him in my bed. For some reason having me there helped, he would stir at 30 mins, see I was there and go back to sleep! We did a week or so like this then I started putting him down in his cot and it worked. Obviously every baby is different but if it's possible for you it could work.
16/05/2013 at 14:12
Yes, mine was like this. I decided that she liked the movement and noise in the buggy so I just used to put her in it and push it in the garden. If we came back from being out I'd take her straight into the back garden so she could carry on the nap. Once I'd worked this out she did sleep for longer.
Then at about 6 months or so I made a concerted effort to get her in her cot for longer. I would put her in the cot and then tried sitting in the room with her (this is only practical if you only have one child at home). When she started to wake up I would shush her back to sleep. Eventually she managed to start sleeping for longer in her cot without me doing that.
But is is frustrating and having to fit around school runs doesn't help either.
16/05/2013 at 14:57
I only did two 30 minute naps until she started walking at 15 months then started doing 2 hours like a switch had been flicked. I used to despair when it seemed EVERY other baby was sleeping for hours! I have no suggestions but feel your pain.
16/05/2013 at 16:12
Thanks for replies all. She isnt mobile yet no. Little Welsh One glad Im not alone, but sorry your baby the same!
Might try adding the cosy toes back to buggy for warmth thanks. And also shhhing her when she wakes - well trying to!
16/05/2013 at 18:10
Isla was the same at 6 months, 3 naps of 30-45 mins. At just over seven months she started sleeping for longer periods anything from 1.5-2 hours at a time. then we switched to 2 naps a day. It did coincide with when she started crawling x
17/05/2013 at 15:18
Piper is like this. She naps about 3 times a day for a max of half an hour each time. If I let her sleep any earlier than 8pm she wakes all night and up for the day at stupid o'clock so consequently we try to string her out of an evening and have to cope with her being demon baby.
I feel your pain!
17/05/2013 at 16:22
Ahh Nixxy sorry to hear same boat for you. So frustrating hey! Least they will drop naps eventually.
17/05/2013 at 19:49
I was strict on routine from about 10weeks I think, and began teaching him to self settle at 12weeks. I think by 16weeks he got it and it improved from there. We: introduced a nap routine (same thing each time, into sleeping bag, fan on, light show on, dummy in - we still do this for each sleep now) and it was vital we timed his awake time right otherwise he'd be fighting us due to over/under tiredness. I never ever left him to cry, it just wasn't for me. Instead I shhh'd and patted/stroked while he was in the cot (he was far too big to rock and I didn't want that to become a habit either) I remember spending a lot of time working on it, but I'm so glad I did! Now I just put him down and he nods off straight away. He's having x2 naps (morning and afternoon) totalling around 2.5/3hrs and sleeping around12hrs at night too. He also has a comforter which hes really taken to and he can now put his own dummy in. I did so much reading in the early days about naps and sleep and its become ingrained! I think they do learn it themselves eventually so don't despair
17/05/2013 at 19:52
Also, 30min napping is down to overtiredness, so have you tried trying to get her to sleep earlier? x
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