5mth old DS was always a good sleeper, til recently. The last few weeks he has been refusing to nap during the day. He is a dream baby at night time, goes to bed at 6-6:30pm, and usually only wakes once before he is up at 6am ish.
Nap time is becoming hell though. I can't put him down on his own any more, he will only go to sleep if he is being held or someone is lying next to him. We usually snuggle in bed or on the couch til he falls asleep then transfer him to bed. Then after around 10-15mins he(sometimes longer, but not often) one of two things happens.
1- He starts chatting away to himself, and turning onto his tummy and kicking against the wall of the wall. If I ignore this, he does it for 10+ mins then starts crying. If I go to him, he grins and is happy and awake.
2- He wakes up screaming and crying. If we go in to him, he also grins and giggles and looks like he is ready to get up again. If we leave him, he ends up at option 1 anyway.
Either way, he has a terrible sleep and is always yawning soon after he wakes. If we cuddle with him and don't put him down on his own, he will sleep for ages (at times up to 2-3 hours) but he wriggles in his sleep and he gets really sweaty. Plus its not fun for the person holding him.
For the last few days I have been trying to create stronger sleep associations and have been giving him a particular stuffed toy and playing a particular song at sleep time. It works a dream at night but does nothing during the day. I have no issue with cuddling him to sleep, but it would be nice to be able to put him down!!
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3
25-09-2012 16:06 #1
Naps are torture - please help!
Last edited by Alphabetsoup; 25-09-2012 at 16:14.
25-09-2012 19:32 #2
It sounds like a phase. Can you use a carrier in the interim?
25-09-2012 19:34 #3Senior Member
- Join Date
- Jul 2011
Would wrapping help so he gets a snug "held" feeling? Have you tried putting him to bed before he is fast asleep? Good luck - I know how tiring it can be.
By LoveLivesHere in forum General ChatReplies: 43Last Post: 26-09-2012, 16:14
By AllYouNeedIsLove in forum General ChatReplies: 1Last Post: 21-07-2012, 19:16
By muminshock in forum Pregnancy Loss SupportReplies: 14Last Post: 15-03-2012, 15:08
Baby Car Seats and Infant Car RestraintsBuying a baby car seat? Check out our 'go-to' links here!
LATESTHow to get your kids to bring home empty lunch boxesIs the secret to saving for your child’s education in your home loan?Games to play with your baby – newborn to 12 months
POPULARWhen can I start giving chores to my children?New baby nursery checklist – a guide to newborn essentialsWhat to pack for labour and hospital – a checklist
FORUMS - chatting now ...
Are you going to an ANZAC service tomorrow?General Chat
Advice Wanted. Struggling with life as a new Mum to 9 month oldGeneral Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Help name our puppy!General Chat
My mum may have breast cancer :(General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
Tell them they're dreaming! Buy-Swap-SellGeneral Chat
The Word Association Game #24Games & fun stuff
Childcare worker- how to approach awkward conversationGeneral Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
April/May TTC group chatConception & Fertility General Chat