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21 February 2008 @ 05:59 pm
Tell me to stop worrying about his naps!  

DS is three months old today. I have been observing his schedule and trying to discern his routine and I think I have it down. I have been trying to observe his sleepy signals and get him down for a nap when he is tired; we change his diaper, eat, and then I attempt to put him down in his crib. He wakes up each time I put him down in his crib no matter if he was asleep or just sleepy when I put him down. Any tips for getting him to sleep in his crib at naptime?

I am so tired of thinking about this right now (I have posted about this here), but I know that patience and perseverance will help this situation eventually. I cannot seem to get any straight answers about whether or not he is still a little young to be worrying about his napping schedule or where he naps. He did so well with training him to sleep at night; I was hoping it would translate to his napping as well, but it has not yet.

Any suggestions on how I can get him to sleep in his crib during the day?

(BTW, his father puts him down to sleep most nights so he is accustomed to his father putting him down and I am wondering if that is part of his resistance to my putting him down during the day.)

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malachusmalachus on February 22nd, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Stop worrying about his naps.
Melicus officianus: me at arches 2005mellymell on February 22nd, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm probably not much help, I've been told my child sleeps like a champ and I didn't really do much to get him to do so. Our neighbor on the other hand, they've never been able to get their daughter to go down for more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time, yet she sleeps through the night for about 12 hours. She'll be a year old next month and has never really napped well.

Also, we used a pacifier, which was like instant sleep to him. Sometimes he'd fuss (and he still does this, especially now that we've taken the pacifier away), but eventually give up and fall asleep. Sometimes it takes 30 minutes or more of fussing or just general winding down for him to finally fall asleep.

I can't remember how old he was when I stopped rocking him to sleep and started getting him to go down on his own. It may have been later than 3 months. When I was rocking him, I'd get him completely out, then gently put him down in his crib (or pack-n-play). Sometimes it would take a couple of tries. But that's really not a good habit to get into either. If you can get him to go to sleep on his own at this point, it would be a good thing. But when we decided to get him to go to sleep on his own, we were definitely met with resistance. It took probably nearly a month of him crying 30 minutes or more every time we'd put him in bed, for naps or at night.

If he doesn't seem to be suffering (cranky) from his lack of sleep, it might not be a problem, he might get all he needs at night. I wouldn't think he'd just be more used to Jamie. If you're putting him to bed during the day, I'd think you'd be doing it more often than Jamie is. Jonah always took two naps everyday, one in mid-morning and another in mid-afternoon.
Melicus officianusmellymell on February 22nd, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, and about what you mentioned in the post in the parenting community (admittedly I didn't read the entire thing), you don't necessarily have to give them structure, especially if you're home with him and can respond to his needs when he needs them, rather than getting him on a set schedule of naps. Like you said you're doing here, put him down when he's tired, otherwise, you'll likely get resistance.
musicislifescl on April 6th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Stop worrying!
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