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January 16, 2014 6:44 AM Subscribe
Babysleepfilter: how can I get my son to take longer naps?
posted by lollymccatburglar to Human Relations (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Baby McCatburglar is five months old. He was a fantastic napper for the first 3.5 months, and then we hit the lovely four-month sleep regression and it all went to hell. He went from two 1 to 2-hour naps a day to between three and five 15-minute naps. He rarely sleeps more than half an hour, and maybe once every two weeks he will sleep for 45 minutes. I tried to believe that everything would go back to the way it was, but now that we're coming up on two months of sleep regression I'm afraid that this is the new normal.
When he wakes up from these micronaps he is always wide-eyed and happy, never crying, and I've found that I can nurse/rock him back to sleep pretty easily... for another fifteen minutes. He will also sleep for much longer stretches (over an hour, sometimes an hour and a half) if I keep rocking him, or if I lie down with him in our bed. I'm not keen on either option, not being much of a napper myself, not to mention wanting to do other things.
Additional info that may or may not help:
- he almost always goes to sleep for the night between 8-8:30pm and wakes for the day between 7:30-8 am.
- we cosleep, but he goes down for naps in his crib in his own room with white noise, and also for the first three or four hours at night (during which he wakes up once for a feed)
- he wakes up regularly at night to eat, but I am only half-awake when this happens, so I'm not exactly sure how often/when (but it sure isn't every 15 minutes, maybe something like 3 times between midnight and 8 am)
- he always goes to bed easily. Five minutes of breastfeeding/rocking and he's out, and doesn't peep when I move him to his crib.
I am ok with his nighttime sleep for now- cosleeping and breastfeeding in bed allow me to get enough rest. My question is, how can I get him on a better nap schedule? I know that babies need several hours of sleep during the day, which he is not getting. Should I try to rock him back to sleep each time he wakes up? Or should I just accept that this is the way things are now? I long for the early days again, which, while they were much harder in some ways, at least gave me a few blissful hours to myself during the day.
Science, anecdata, books, online resources, everything is welcome. I'm reeeeally not keen on cry-it-out, but please do tell me if you think I'm dead wrong. At the moment I am home with him all day, so I'm avaliable to do any sort of convoluted routine or super-strict scheduling that might work. Help us, Metafilter!