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Old 04-28-2010, 08:30 PM   #1
 
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Default Any advice on how to encourage longer naps?

I have a 3 month old and she used to be a wonderful napper, but the last couple weeks she dozes for 15 minutes here, 10 there, half an hour, an hour etc. It goes all day and into the evening until she goes down around 8 or 9 for (usually) the night.

Is she just getting so much sleep at night that she's not tired during the day? She seems and looks tired but she can't stay asleep. I would like to get her at least one good long nap each day, she's not getting good sleep this way I'm sure as she never gets into a deep sleep. I know she's young and maybe this is a phase..but any advice?
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:57 PM   #2
 
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Babies normally sleep in 90 minute cycles. It sound like your is waking before she enters REM. Does she wake up screaming or just fussing? If you let her be, maybe she'll sooth herself back to sleep?? At 3 months, my kids would take 3 naps (2-3 hours each) and only be awake for 90 minutes between naps. That said, they were up nursing, every 3-4 hours at night too.
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Babies normally sleep in 90 minute cycles. It sound like your is waking before she enters REM. Does she wake up screaming or just fussing? If you let her be, maybe she'll sooth herself back to sleep?? At 3 months, my kids would take 3 naps (2-3 hours each) and only be awake for 90 minutes between naps. That said, they were up nursing, every 3-4 hours at night too.
It's usually crying pretty hard when it was a short nap. If she does sleep for a couple hours she usually wakes up very calm and just looks around without making a peep..I sometimes don't know she's awake! I try to get her to sleep within 2 hours of waking up. I know she's tired but she just won't stay asleep
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:46 AM   #4
 
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2 hours for her to be up might be too long, she could be overtired. Maybe try after 90 mins.

Neither of my kids were good nappers until they were 5 or 6 months old. Then they slept like clockwork for 1 1/2 - 2 hours each time.

When they woke up early from a nap, they would be fussy and crying. When they had enough sleep they would wake up quiet and happy, so it really sounds like your dd isn't getting enough naptime.
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Do you put her to sleep on her back? She's probably startling herself awake. Try propping her more on her side and supporting her with a wedge or rolled receiving blankets.
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Do you put her to sleep on her back? She's probably startling herself awake. Try propping her more on her side and supporting her with a wedge or rolled receiving blankets.
She sleeps in her swing or in her bouncy chair. If I lay her on her back she wakes up almost as soon as I put her down. Usually she spits up or chokes/coughs while on her back so she'll wake up..bad reflux.

Now today she took a 2 hour nap this morning, and she's been sleeping a half hour now. Both after being awake about 2 hours. I usually start to soothe her to sleep after 90 minutes or so. This is after sleeping from 8 last night till 6:45 this morning. So maybe it just depends on the day as far as how well she'll sleep.

That's a whole other issue, she can't sleep while laying down, won't sleep in her crib or on her back anywhere. I'm not too worried about it at this point, but she will outgrow her swing/bouncy seat soon enough. I guess eventually she'll just have to get used to sleeping on her back. I've talked to many parents who say that their little ones slept pretty much anywhere but their crib so I'm not too worried..yet
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I think that using a fan or some other white noise generator helped my kids sleep. It helps block out household noises, and white noise can be soothing to little babies because it's similar to the sounds they heard in utero. My kids both still have a fan in their room that we turn on at bedtime.
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I think that using a fan or some other white noise generator helped my kids sleep. It helps block out household noises, and white noise can be soothing to little babies because it's similar to the sounds they heard in utero. My kids both still have a fan in their room that we turn on at bedtime.
I thought about trying this. I've slept with a fan for years so I know how soothing it is.
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I cosign the recommendation for white noise - we use a fan in the summer and a humidifier in the winter. You also may want to try putting her on her side or tummy to sleep.

My baby is 4.5 months old and is just now starting to sleep for longer stretches if I put him down. He'd always sleep great when I wore him but would wake up after 40-45 minutes if I put him down. Just in the past couple days has he sometimes been going longer in bed. If I know that I want/need him to get a good nap in (like if we've got a lot going on later in the day) I will wear him through his entire nap to make sure he gets a good one. That way if he starts to stir I can bounce/sway him before he fully wakes up.
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Do you just have the fan pointing at the wall or the ceiling or something? I like it to blow on me when I'm sleeping but I don't want to have a draft blowing on her...right?
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I do have the fan pointing away from the children. Otherwise I fear it would be too drafty.
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Are things going better the last few days?

It could be a phase. I find that when babies start to make a lot of changes in development, they have trouble sleeping. It's almost as if they're so busy playing, learning & practicing their new skills, that they're too distracted to sleep.

I agree with the white noise & the fan.

Another idea is elevating the crib mattress by putting a rolled up blanket under one side. Because of her reflux, she's probably more comfortable when she's at an incline (which is why she sleeps better in the bouncy seat or swing).
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Are things going better the last few days?

It could be a phase. I find that when babies start to make a lot of changes in development, they have trouble sleeping. It's almost as if they're so busy playing, learning & practicing their new skills, that they're too distracted to sleep.

I agree with the white noise & the fan.

Another idea is elevating the crib mattress by putting a rolled up blanket under one side. Because of her reflux, she's probably more comfortable when she's at an incline (which is why she sleeps better in the bouncy seat or swing).
It's still pretty random. I've been telling the hubby to try to get her to sleep about an hour after her first bottle in the morning, I did that last week because she seemed tired and she'd take a nap for a couple hours. But of course he didn't..we're off from work every other week (alternating weeks) with her and I think he's just not as aware as I am as far as when she's tired etc. I think I know her cries better, he's getting there though!

I tried to get her to sleep in her crib with a towel at one end but she just kinda rolled off to the side so that wasn't good. As soon as I lay her on her back her little eyes pop right open! So I just let her sleep in her bouncy chair/swing..it's not hurting her.
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