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My 6-month old's short naps

Posted by on Nov. 18, 2009 at 2:38 PM
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My 6-month-old son is trying to take these itty bitty 20 minute naps instead of normal hour-long (or longer naps). My daughter (now 3) did the same thing when she was a baby. The difference is, if I let her cry for a few minutes, she'd almost always fall back to sleep. Eventually she stopped waking up after such a short time and started taking normal naps.


My son, however, will NOT go back to sleep. And I let him cry and he happens to fall back to sleep, he wakes up again in ANOTHER 20 minutes. However, if I put him in his swing, he'll nap for up to 2 hours! He's too big to be napping in the swing at 6 months, plus it's inconvenient because he can't sleep at a babysitter's (or Mimi's) house.


Did anyone else have this problem with their children? What should I do when he wakes up? He DEFINITELY needs more sleep. He is miserable if he doesn't get enough sleep. He doesn't take a pacifier. He's not hungry (I feed him before naps). There's nothing "wrong" with him. He just doesn't stay asleep! Help!

by on Nov. 18, 2009 at 2:38 PM
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gacgbaker
by on Nov. 18, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Do you have him on a schedule of any kind or are the naps not scheduled?  I know for my kids it helped if I would keep them on a pretty strict schedule for a while with the naps.  Eventually they got used to it and would stay up when it wasn't nap time and were able to sleep better when it was. 

I know this can be frustrating!  My middle child was like that and it was hard with her, but we did make it through and you will too!

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amzbrznjz
by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2009 at 8:28 AM

my son stopped sleeping his regualar schedule at 6 months bc he was teething I tried to keep him on that schedule and after a few weeks it past and he went right back to the way he slept

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