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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 06:04 AM   1
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What to do if baby wakes during a daytime nap


So we've established that leaving baby to cry for a couple of minutes and then going in to settle him before leaving the room again (repeat at necessary intervals) is quite a good way to get baby to sleep. Just wondering what you then do if baby wakes from a daytime nap seemingly far too soon, say after twenty minutes. Do you do the whole settling thing again, or do you simply get baby up because you assume he's had enough sleep in his opinion? And I am wondering at what point do you decide he really has had enough sleep? Is there an obvious point at which you KNOW he doesn't need to go back to sleep?

I am asking so many questions on here at the mo. It feels like I don't know my own baby I hope people don't think that. Surely I'm not alone at going through a stage where everything seems difficult or an unknown quantity? I thought everything would get so much easier at 3months. Well, it has in terms of colic and night time sleeping, but golly the days actually seem harder now than they used to, and I think that's because our LO is simply refusing point blank to sleep during the day and so he is just soooo grumpy and grizzly. He NEEDS some sleep but god is it hard to make him realise this. I'd be laughing if I wasn't so sad at the moment! Gotta see the funny side, I must remember that at all times. Plus I know this was all change in time, so I need to remember that things always get better.



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 06:20 AM   2
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Dont worry honey, no sooner do you think you have got things sorted it all goes tits up anyway!

I am always looking for answers on here, and I am a nursery nurse, fat lot of good that does you with your own!


We went through the nap thing too, she did not nap for about a month, we tried everything then it went back to better than normal. I stopped Rose falling asleep on me to go to sleep and that helped. I like the no cry nap solution book, don't know if you have given it a go?

Naps are great now, only she wakes up hungry every 2 hours during the night instead, lol.

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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 06:29 AM   3
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Don't feel like that - I feel that I have so many questions at the moment too. I thought it was supposed to get easier! Phoebe isn't an easy baby either and has a good deal of grumpiness and has also developed only sleeping in 20 min blocks until midnight! I don;t know why and sometimes think I should!

Phoebe is waking up from naps far too soon at the mo - even when she sleeps on me - i think our LO are the same age so hopefully it is a phase!

I will keep reading for helpful solutions



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 06:41 AM   4
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it doesn't neccessarily get easier - it just changes - the baby's demand changes, iykwim?!

I never know if LO has had enough nap time - but I now recognise his tired signs instantly so can settle him for short naps fairly easily.

His signs are - he starts to grumble (he is usually very happy), he starts to touch his face/eyes and doesn't want to play.



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 06:50 AM   5
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Daisy has 20 min sleeps thru the day and i just let her get up after that, if i try to re settle her she goes BALLISTIC!!LOL every now and then she will have about an hours sleep ... apparently its normal hun, i've just got used to it and its now the 'norm' for us...please dont feel like that...having a baby is the hardest thing EVER!! and noone could prepare you for what is gonna happen try to relax a bit hun

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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 07:23 AM   6
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We settle Summer differently to you, we just put her down and leave her and she winges for a few minutes then goes off so when she wakes halfway through a nap she winges again then goes off to sleep. We have learnt to read her winges when she wakes up, you can tell if she's still tired or if she's had enough sleep. Sorry i cant really help you x



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 07:33 AM   7
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If he wakes during a daytime nap, we generally just get him up. He naps inbetween each feed and we feed him every 3 hours so he normally catches up on his sleep at the next one.
Don't feel bad about asking qn's hun - I have a daily question I think and would go crazy without the great advice and help from the other girls on here x



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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 13:44 PM   8
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Don't feel bad for asking questions - Evan is also 3 months, and I feel like in the past couple of weeks he has changed so much that I often can't read him. His cries are different, and his body language is much more subtle - he doesn't yawn half as much, so sometimes I don't notice he's tired.
I think it's just part of them developing, that they communicate in different ways as they get older.

Evan will NOT nap more than 40mins, even though he's often sleepy afterwards. After a nightmare couple of weeks where I felt like a failure, and Evan screamed constantly because he didn't want to go back to sleep, I decided that I wasn't going to fight it. He goes for more frequent naps instead, and that's fine if that's what he needs for now.



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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 13:56 PM   9
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Jack is also coming up to 3 months old. When he was first born he would sleeps lots during the day but now he tends to cat nap during the day.

When he wakes up from sleeping in the day, we have cuddles, then he plays on his playmat then he has a feed then back down to sleep again. He only really sleeps for a max of 45mins each time during the day.

At night he will have a bath, then a feed then he will go down to sleep for about 3hours until his next feed but will then go back to sleep until his next feed, usually 3hours later.

Does your LO have a playmat to amuse himself with? It has given me loads of time back during the day!!! xxx



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2010, 14:01 PM   10
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Daisy has 20 min sleeps thru the day and i just let her get up after that, if i try to re settle her she goes BALLISTIC!!LOL every now and then she will have about an hours sleep ... apparently its normal hun, i've just got used to it and its now the 'norm' for us...please dont feel like that...having a baby is the hardest thing EVER!! and noone could prepare you for what is gonna happen try to relax a bit hun

sara

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I was just about to type that about George - Ballistic was the word I'd plumped for too!



 
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