February 2013 Moms

STMs - Do the naps ever get better?!

I feel like many of us are struggling with naptime issues and I would say for me it is the single most frustrating thing about DS. If he didn't have to take naps, we would have no problems! I'm worried for when he starts daycare in September that he won't nap while he's there!

Night sleep gets better with age it seems but what about day sleep? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

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Re: STMs - Do the naps ever get better?!

  • Yes, they do! Honestly, daycare was what helped my DD nap better. I find the more stimulation she got, the better she slept. That, and my DCP was a baby rearing ninja!

    That said, DS (and, now, DD) is staying with my mom during the day. We are finding he really needs a quiet, dark place to sleep (he is not a "nap everywhere" kid). I am going to work on getting him to be a better napper this summer after school gets out.

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  • Not a STM, but how often are you putting him down? I read that babies at this age can only be awake for about 2 hours at a time, and that is about right for my DD, sometimes a little longer in the evenings. She naps swaddled between 2 rice socks in the arms reach or her crib. I may start trying the sleep sack this week, but am keeping the rice socks until she can easily roll back once she rolls onto her belly, right now she can't. At night she is beside me and for naps I can see her on the monitor otherwise I might not put something in there with her. 

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    Not a STM, but how often are you putting him down? I read that babies at this age can only be awake for about 2 hours at a time, and that is about right for my DD, sometimes a little longer in the evenings. She naps swaddled between 2 rice socks in the arms reach or her crib. I may start trying the sleep sack this week, but am keeping the rice socks until she can easily roll back once she rolls onto her belly, right now she can't. At night she is beside me and for naps I can see her on the monitor otherwise I might not put something in there with her. 

    He naps 4 times a day. He has no trouble falling asleep for naps - it's getting him to stay asleep. He typically takes 3 short naps and one long, but the long one is the kicker. He will wake several times crying and I have to soothe him again and again! It's just strange because he can self soothe at night. 

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  • Yes, it does! My three older kids all still nap and all I have to do is tell them to get into bed and say "get some rest" before shutting the door and they are down for about three hours in the afternoon. Honestly, my kids' naps have all stunk until they hit the age that they start combining them into one long afternoon nap (sometime after the age of one). Then it's usually easy peasy.
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  • DD1's naps SUCKED until about 6 months when we implemented a more rigid routine and cut down to 2 naps a day. Once she was taking 2 naps they both stretched out in length, between 1 to 2.5 hrs each.

    So yes, I think it does get better.
  • Thanks so much ladies - this is very reassuring!! I figured when the number of naps went down things would hopefully be better!

    DS has actually been taking a long nap this morning which he never does - but it's in the swing. He fell asleep when I went to the bathroom and I didn't have the heart to move him to his crib... 

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  • I'm not a STM but after a lot of hard work (daily!!) and persistence, naps ARE getting better!! Hang in there! 
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  • image WinterBenson:
    I'm not a STM but after a lot of hard work (daily!!) and persistence, naps ARE getting better!! Hang in there! 

    I hear ya on the hard work! Thank you for the support!!! :-) 

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  • Oh yes!  It will get much better!  I even have a kid we called "No Nap Nate" and it still got better as he got older (and then worse when he hit 2, as now he doesn't often nap! Eek!)  And the best news is that they usually sleep 1000X better at daycare.  Daycare teachers are magical people who can get any kid to sleep. I think when they are a little older it's kind of "peer pressure" - everyone else is asleep, so they might as well go down too. 

     

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  • DD1 never took naps longer then 45min. Right around age 1 they turned into normal 2 plus hour naps. Ahe dropped her naps at 4, two weeks after DD2 was born, but she was a great napper for a few years.
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    Don't worry about daycare. Babies seem to have a completely different set of rules there, and not much you can do to prepare for the unknown. They are also pretty darn pro at getting babies to do just about anything.
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  • image pitterpatter129:
    ; And the best news is that they usually sleep 1000X better at daycare.nbsp; Daycare teachers are magical people who cannbsp;get any kid to sleep.nbsp;I think when they are a little older it's kind of "peer pressure" everyone else is asleep, so they might as well go down too.nbsp; nbsp;


    Parents were always amazed that I could convince 10 toddlers to all nap for 2 hours at the same time. No idea how sleep works in an infant room or at an in home, but in my toddler room all of the kids almost always napped!
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