Reader Nap Questions for Babies

Here are questions readers have had about nap time for baby.

Falling Asleep Problems

Hamilton’s Blog said…

I just have to say a big Thank you to your blog. It has really helped me try and get this program implemented with our 10 week son Benton.
The problem that I am having this week (2nd week of doing this program) is that he DOES NOT “go down” for naps. Meaning that he will scream for over 45 minutes for at least 4 of his naps a day. I go in and try to put my hands on his belly and tell him it is ok, sometimes i even pick him up, but it seems to only make it worse. How long is too long for him to scream and when do i give up and just get him up for the next 3 hour schedule? He just seems SO upset with all of this.
This morning, i had company over so, i put him in his swing to say my goodbye’s and he was OUT when i came back to get him out to put him in his crib. Should I have left him there to sleep for his nap? Because now he is just yelling from his crib from the moment I put him in it. We have not used the swing because of trying to get him to self-soothe for the past two weeks either.
I am at a loss. Will you please offer some advice to this weary mom of trying to become “babywise” because I am really frustrated.
Good new is that he does sleep about 7 hours now at night, but that means I am up rocking him around 4:30 to get him to sleep a little longer…at least until 6:00. He was only sleeping around 4 hours or so.
HELP…ok….i will stop. PLease if you have any time, i would greatly appricate your expertise in this training.
Thanks so much!
Jennie in Indiana
p.s. I don’t know much about blogs and trying to find myself aroudn them…so if you need to e-mail me directly…my home e-mail is [email protected] Thanks again for any advice and time you give to this! 🙂

Plowmanators said…

Part of it is going to be you figuring him out. See these posts for help:

Baby Sleep Cues and How to Get it Right for Your Baby

The Ultimate Cry It Out Bootcamp

What to Do When Baby Wakes Early From Naps or Won’t Fall Asleep For Nap

I would have left him in his swing once he fell asleep in it. Keep working at it! You will get it.

2 thoughts on “Reader Nap Questions for Babies”

  1. Hi Jennie! I would also make a note of the time you put him down, as in, from the beginning of a feed until baby in crib, how many minutes elapse? I believe for a baby his age, anywhere from 35-70 minutes is normal. Perhaps try five or ten minutes earlier than you were? I think Val (Babywise mom) usually recommends that as a first port of call as well!

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