And I am going BONKERS!
Don't get me wrong, she is a wonderful night sleeper (probably because we co-sleep), but she REFUSES TO NAP during the day. Today she went 8 hours without napping. Now she is in bed for the night.
She won't cry, but she will fuss, and fuss, and fuss.. and screech.. until I just lose my patience and let her scream in her crib. I'm at my wits end. I have NO time to myself and NO time to get anything done.. The same dishes have been sitting in the sink for two days.
If I walk with her, she is looking at anything and everything. She is just too nosy for her own good. She will even we squealing/whining and rubbing her eyes but WILL NOT NAP.
I seriously sympathize. Mine is a great night sleeper, too. But no naps = cranky momma and baby in my house. At 5 months I would put her down after 2.5 hrs max. I don't know if yours will self settle at all or if you'd need to help her. I didn't even wait for tired signs. By the time my LO gets to tired signs she's past due and will give me a run for my money. We also do all naps in her room, darkened, white noise...and on a full belly. Hope your LO makes friends with naps soon...
I have a non napper too! Although we have now recently got to 3x20min naps! 2 of which are on the school run, and I chuck my lunch down my throat the other one! It's taken quite a bit of perseverance to get the lunch time nap.
She is however a fantastic night sleeper. She goes down 5.30/6ish until about 7. I end up doing all my housework after my eldest has gone to bed 6.30ish.
Must be a good night sleeper thing!
Sometimes, if I catch her at JUST the right time (this has happened twice), she will go down on her own with her binky and her white noise giraffe. Other times, she will nurse to sleep.
My newest tactic is just running an errand and getting her to fall asleep in the car, but I really don't want her getting used to that.
I can also walk her to sleep in the DARK but it's really difficult finding full dark at 1 in the afternoon! Ugh!
My LO was doing this for weeks about that age. You have my sympathy! She's a rubbish sleeper at night but somehow her not sleeping during the day was worse. Like you said, I couldn't get anything done and never felt like I had a break. Even the old fail-safe of going out in the buggy didn't work anymore. She was just too alert and curious to sleep. Some days she wouldn't nap at all!
The only thing that worked for us was sticking to a strict 2-hour schedule, and me lying down with her for naps. She'd fuss and fidget but eventually fall asleep. I wasn't really keen to nap with her, but on the plus side I'm getting a lot of reading done! Hopefully I can get her back into the cot again sometime. She still sleeps in there at night no problems. xx
Oh I feel for you!! My lo is a nightmare lately with napping. He sleeps 11-12 hrs at night, waking once to feed but will NOT nap! I tried all week to catch him before he was overtired but he was having none of it. He'll catnap at the breast, he'll fall asleep in the stroller or the car but the second we're in the house, he's awake again! I feel so guilty too because if he's been fed and not tired, I put him down to play so I can get dishes done or laundry on or get dressed and some days I feel like the only time I'm paying attention to him is when he's feeding or changing and then I feel horribly guilty
I'm hoping it's just a sleep regression that has hit naps and not night time! haha
My LO was struggling to settle during her naps but sleeps well at night (12 hours - up once for a feed). So I started recreating a similar routine to bedtime. Black out curtains, sleeping bag, same five minute lullaby as bedtime and it worked after three ot four days of perisistance. She now has three naps varying from 45 mins to 2 hours. x x
Maybe I should try the sleeping bag for naps too. I thought about that the other day but after two days of trying each nap in his cot and him not having it, I gave in and held him for his last nap on Friday
Sound slike you have a great routine for night time but not for day. I would formulate a nap routine and stick to it every day untli the message sinks in that 'this is how we nap'. Even if she's just in bed awake, its still time out time, and eventually she will acgtually go to sleep rather than lie awake.
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