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Old Jun 22nd, 2011, 07:14 AM   1
Angela49uk
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Enforcing day time nap routine


My LO is 13 weeks now and we still struggle with day time naps, although he's far better than he was.

It's hit or miss with his naps. we've been out to playgroup today and he refused point blank to go to sleep. He's fought it so long, he's still fighting it now at home.

It is too young to get a day time nap routine going? He's been in a routine at bedtime for ages.

How can I go about it? xx



 
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Old Jun 22nd, 2011, 07:43 AM   2
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I'm probably not the best person to answer this as I'm still very much baby led. All I do is put LO down for a nap when he seems tired, unless we're out but then he will fall asleep easily in his pram or car seat. I just think if I went to bed when I wasn't tired then I will stay awake plus I would get pissed off, I expect my baby would feel the same lol! As long as you let LO nap as soon as he shows signs of being tired, then he will sleep. X



 
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Old Jun 22nd, 2011, 08:31 AM   3
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We've only just got a day time routine with naps, it's not really a routine, i just put Sophie down for a nap after she's had 2hr awake time, somtimes 1 & half hr if she's really tired and twiny.



 
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Old Jun 22nd, 2011, 08:33 AM   4
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I think 3 months is still a little young to be trying to set a proper naptime routine. I've only just managed it at 11 months and Jake is a really good sleeper (slept through the night from 8 weeks)

I think babies just do it when they're ready to be honest. You will know when the time is right

Sorry that's not much help at all!!



 
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Old Jun 22nd, 2011, 10:56 AM   5
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We've only just got a day time routine with naps, it's not really a routine, i just put Sophie down for a nap after she's had 2hr awake time, somtimes 1 & half hr if she's really tired and twiny.
We do the same, LO can sometimes do just over 2hours if we are out and about but I start to look for signs earlier just in case.

What helps me is to make a mental note of when she wakes up and say to myself 'right 2hours from now will be around x o'clock, where will I be what will I be doing, can I be back home for that time etc' just helps me prepare in advance for any sleeping times.



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Old Jun 22nd, 2011, 11:09 AM   6
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I'm very much baby led now and still want to be. I completely agree, if baby isnt tired, you can't put them to sleep, it just wont work.

But my LO is pretty much ready for a nap every 2 hours or so after waking up. He gets tired a bit sooner, but will refuse to sleep before this time. It's still a battle with him sometimes as he fights his sleep, so was trying to think of ways to teach him that its nap time whether he likes it or not xx



 
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Old Jun 22nd, 2011, 11:50 AM   7
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Hello, thought i would tell you about Rory and his napping pattern! Rory was a really bad napper before but now he has got himself into his own routine over the last 2 weeks. Basically he has his first nap of the day after about 1 hour of being awake in the morning and after his bottle, he will have anything between 1-2 hours. Hes know to have 3! Then from this point on he has a nap every 1.5-2 hours and will have 45-1 hour sleep. Sometimes more sometimes slightly less. He wakes up all happy so i know this is enough for him and i am not going to try and get more out of him like some people probably would. He is now napping in his cot in his darkend room with the white noise playing and his blanket. Whereas before, he was napping downstairs on me or occassionaly in his swing.I dont put him in his sleeping bag for naps. Rory has set this himself and i just follow it. He is actually needing a nap now but hes got hiccups so just waiting for them go cus he wont have a sip of water to help! Hope this helps xx

ETA Hiccups now gone and he is having a nap in his cot. I managed to settle him in record time of no more than 2 mins! By the way i hold him side ways in my arms like cradling him and i bounce about or pace his bedroom to get him off. The next step in a few weeks or when i think he is totally ready will be to just place him in his cot with the white noise on and let him just go off on his own. Sometimes i have just put him in his cot when i have tried for so long and he has ended up setlling himself wothout any crying! x



 
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I'm very much baby led as well - I try and make my LO have two long naps during the day (morning and afternoon) but if we're out and about that's not always possible!



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I'm probably not the best person to answer this as I'm still very much baby led. All I do is put LO down for a nap when he seems tired, unless we're out but then he will fall asleep easily in his pram or car seat. I just think if I went to bed when I wasn't tired then I will stay awake plus I would get pissed off, I expect my baby would feel the same lol! As long as you let LO nap as soon as he shows signs of being tired, then he will sleep. X
My little girl stays awake when she is over-tired, which makes her fussy all day.

I have to enforce nap times, otherwise she will not sleep... ever.

It's been working great. I found putting her in her room best option, and swaddling her as well. She sleeps better and I can start to get stuff done around the house.



 
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