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Why won't my 2 month old baby take naps longer than 10 to 15 minutes during the day?

He cries unless he is held at all times. At night he now sleeps for about 5 hours straight just fine in his own crib, but then during the day he fights sleep all day long except for a few of these little cat naps and cries unless he is held all day. I need to get cleaning and stuff done around the house and don't know what to do at this point.

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Asked by DevynsMommy1220 at 11:53 AM on Feb. 15, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • How long has this been happening? It may be a growth spurt. Every baby is different though. Some just don't sleep much. If you have a baby swing, that may help or you can use a product like the baby bjorn so that he can be with you while you get things done.

    Answer by amberdawnbarr at 11:56 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • It could be a growth spurt, or he just doesn't need that much sleep.

    Answer by vivc81 at 12:00 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • just a swing or a bouncy seat and see if that helps. or perhaps a carrier.

    Answer by febmom007 at 12:03 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Some babies don't need a lot of sleep during the day. But watch for signs of being tired and be consistent and put him to bed with the same routine for his naps as you do at night. If he wakes up give him a few minutes to get back to sleep. Do not pick him up immediately. GL!

    Answer by elizabr at 12:17 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • girl just strap him on ur front wit 1 of those carrier and keep it moving. they got their own minds and do wat they want, u have to adjust to their ways

    Answer by 1sttimemom853 at 12:57 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • I would try a sling or carrier so you can hold him and have your hands free to get some things done. Also, try a swing with a mobile over it that might keep him happy for a bit to give you a break. Other than that, try to do only what is absolutely necessary and hold him the rest of the time. I know it's hard and you get to feeling like nothing is being done, but babies need to be held, and in a few short months he will be long past this phase and you will miss those days of cuddling a newborn. My DD used to sleep fine if we held her, but put her down and she would wake within five minutes. The longest I ever got her to sleep laying down before she was about six months was for 30 minutes. Just be patient and know this phase won't last too long. Holding baby while he sleeps is a good chance for you to sit and rest, too, or catch up on tv, email, etc. Try to enjoy it.

    Answer by MaryMW at 12:59 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

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