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Naps STINK!!

Postby Carrie » Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:07 am

So my girl is 5 months old and she naps horribly. She takes 4 naps a day and they are 20-30 minutes long. She acts tired when she wakes for about 2 of those naps....more so the last 2.

I have a 2 year old and you would think I would remember when he went to 3 naps and then 2. Actually, I think it being like 9/10 months when he went to 2 naps.

When did your LO start dropping naps and did they become longer??
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Postby Kisty214 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:56 am

ds1 got himself on a routine at about 5months where he'd take a nap around noon then again around 5/6pm....ds2 has never been a napper, and would take 5/10minute naps every few hours, but around 5/6months he got on ds1's schedule and he now goes down around noon and then again around 3/4pm....ds1 now only takes one nap and that's around noon
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Postby meg1492 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:06 am

How long is she awake before you put her down? until DS was about 11 months old he still went down for naps every 90 minutes. And they would be at least an hour long.
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Postby anxious-annie » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:34 am

Yeah I don't keep track of DDs naps as much as her awake time. She's now awake for about 2 hrs before I put her down for a nap and the length of nap is completely dependent on her...but they are usually around an hour or so. 4-5 one hour naps at 5 mos. old is not unusual.

Could you try stretching out the amount of awake time between naps and see if she'll sleep longer? Or, if she's really grumpy, maybe it's the opposite problem and she's awake too long before going down?
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Postby Carrie » Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:14 pm

She is awake roughly 2 hours in between naps. Today she is over-tired!!!! I just hope she starts sleeping longer because she is just too sleepy. Her poor eyes are red and she is rubbing them so much. I know this will pass but it is sad when I know shes sleepy :(
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Postby meg1492 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:39 pm

try putting her down at the 90 minute mark. Making a baby overtired actually has the opposite affect that you would think and they don't sleep as well or for as long. (Not that I think you are making her overtired on purpose!)

If 90 minutes doesn't help, try 75 minutes. Some babies just need more sleep. :)
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Postby Egray » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:02 pm

Oh don't feel bad. My girls didn't get on a good nap schedule until they were around 6 or 7 months. By that time they were doing 3 naps and they were shorter (under a hour) at around 10 months they dropped to 2 naps 2 hours each and at 15 months they dropped to one nap 2 1/2 hours long. It will all fall into place. I rememeber at that age all they did was sleep! Seemed like more sleeping than awake time!
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Postby Carrie » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:03 pm

I totally agree that making her stay awake too long does the opposite so I try to get her to sleep as son as she shows signs of being tired. The problem is that she wakes after 20-30 minutes. It's all good....this too shall pass :D
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Postby kc12345 » Sun May 01, 2011 9:17 am

I remember posting this when DD was that age and responding to many posting like this one! I would say, try shorter intervals but just hang in there, some babies need to mature physically before their body will let them move to the next sleep cycle during the day. DD didn't take longer naps until she was 6 months old, and then magically, she just started doing it, but I definitely watched her sleep signals and put her down ASAP when she seemed tired. Don't worry about a schedule, just watch for sleepiness. She did 2 definite naps and a 3rd hit or miss nap but didn't drop that one for sure until maybe 8-9ish? months and that was b/c she was fighting me crazy during it, so I just got rid of it and put her to bed for hte night earlier. Good luck... this too shall pass!!
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