Hi all, FTM here. My LO is about to turn 3 months on the 17th & I cannot get her past the 1 hour mark for her afternoon naps. As soon as she wakes up from her sleep cycle she cries until I get her out of her crib. She is really good (knock on wood) at self soothing overnight, but cant seem to do it during nap time. Any moms have any tips for getting past this? Thanks!!
Re: FTM troubles with naptime.
He was (and is!) a good nighttime sleeper as well.
I tried so many things - longer waketimes, shorter waketimes, napping with him, naps in different places. The only thing that sort of worked was the "wake to sleep" method (google it if you aren't familiar). The idea is that you rouse them a little before they reach the dreaded sleep cycle transition, and then they sleep through it.
It's so time consuming though; I only could stand to do it for two of DS's naps each day and I had to just let him take short naps the other two times.
The idea is that you do this for a few days to a week and then the problem should be fixed. Well, that didn't work for us - he just kept waking up if I didn't do wake to sleep. Eventually I just gave up, and a few weeks later he suddenly started taking multiple full-length naps every day!
It will get better, but it would be nice if there was some magical timeline.
Some babies are just short nappers. I learned a while ago to stop stressing about her naps. This nap schedule works for her so we just go with it. Good luck.
It's just how she is.
I pretty much let her dictate how long nap time lasts. I gauge when she needs another nap by either tiredness cues or time passed (at 3 months, I'd put her down for another nap after 90 minutes of awake time).
At 7 months old, she still takes 3 naps a day most days. oooh children
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