My 11 week old struggles with day naps - he wakes up after 30 minutes or 1 hour and he is clearly still very tired (red eyes, exhausted).
I am trying to help him learn to sleep longer, mostly by nursing him back down (which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't as he gets quite gassy and gets a bad burp which wakes him).
Are there any methods that you can recommend? I really can't cosleep for naps, I have another child to care for. We do bedshare at night, but it has only been since he cut a tooth last week that he has struggled. The pain seems to be gone now, but the habit is there.
I always went with feeding and then seeing what happened tbh. Could you pop him in a sling and try and rock him back to sleep using the motion? We had a hideous time with naps, though, so maybe I'm not the best person to be taking advice from
Does motion help him sleep? If so, could you arrange to be walking with him in a carrier/in a pram or the car around when he's due to wake up? Even if it's just walking around indoors or the garden! Doing this for a few days/weeks might set him on the right track. Hopefully your other boy likes being outside/walking, and it's great for helping to get back in shape!
I would also recommend a carrier . . mines was such a lifesaver when it came to nap time in the early months! On the rare occasion I didn't do that, I would put LO in a swing for a nap while I did things around the house. He would usually nap in there for around 1.5 - 2 hours.
I'm having a bit of an issue wtih the carrier (which is an ergo - he has already outgrown moby) is that he is so large (16lbs) that he is obsessed with seeing everything and can't seem to settle well.
I found that he likes to be swaddled and rocked in his carseat, then he lets me transfer him to another room (the toddler constantly wakes him), so... seems to work for now, lol. I think we're still in the 4th trimester here!
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