K.C. asks from Franklin, TN on January 30, 2007
8 Month Old Won't Nap
I have an 8 month old daughter. She is very sweet and laid back, but she's always had trouble settling in for a nap. At night she goes to sleep on her own, no problems, but during the day it is almost impossible to get her to sleep for more than 20 minutes. What used to work was me snuggling her in on her side with blankets and her pacifier, but now that she's got the hang of rolling over, she just flips onto her back and smiles. If I leave her alone she just whines, even if I leave her for a long time. Eventually I'll go in and she'll grin up at me and want to play. I'm worried cause I'm afraid she's not getting enough rest. At night she sleeps from around 8pm to 6am. She hasn't had a good nap in a week. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
W.B. answers from Biloxi on January 30, 2007
have you tried putting on some soft music for her? Sounds like you are doing the right thing by putting her down rather she sleeps or not. But she is defiently getting a good night sleep. I know that nap time is good time to regroup as a mama & would have gone mad without naps.
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E.W. answers from Chattanooga on January 30, 2007
What helped my daughter was chamomile pills. Go to the health food store and ask for Hylands brand (if they carry it) Chamomilla 30X for teething and irritability. She may not be cranky right now but these pills help to relax her. They are compressed powder pills that will melt in her mouth within 30 seconds and she will love the flavor. My daugther is now 5 1/2 and I still give them to her when she can't fall asleep or is cranky. You can give up to 4 every hour until symptoms are releived. I swear by these things. They are also something that if she accidentally gets hold of the bottle, she won't overdose on them. My family has used them for over 30 years on all the children born in our family. I even have one neice whos daughter accidentilly did take a whole bottle of them. She called the doctor in a panic and the doctor told her to relax that the only thing that would happen is she MIGHT sleep a little longer than normal, which she did and she was fine. But it is still something you don't want kids to get a hold of. Try it, it may just help to relax her enough to get to sleep. Plus you will have the added benefit of these pills there for when she is cutting her teeth. They helped my daughter tremendously!!!
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B.B. answers from Hattiesburg on January 31, 2007
Kristen, when my daughter was about your daughter's age she wouldn't nap either but she,too, slept through the night from like 6 pm to 6 am. She didn't start taking naps until she was about 1 1/2 yrs old and then the naps lasted about 2 hrs. It is quite frustrating when you don't get that break but don't worry--she'll sleep when she needs it. As soon as she starts running around nonstop--which i'm sure she's on her way--she'll need that little rest. It's good that she's sleeping through the night! Good luck--I hope this helps put your mind at ease.
F.W. answers from Nashville on January 31, 2007
Well, when your daughter misses her naps during the day, does she fuss through out the day? If not, then don't worry. Watch her body movements. Keep your eyes peeled. If she is tired, she will sleep. Don't worry, she is fine. 8pm-6am is a long time to sleep, maybe she just isn't tired.
K.P. answers from Clarksville on January 30, 2007
i tell you what worked for me was i HAD to let my son scream his head off for almost 2 hrs because he like ur daughter refused to take a nap. but after that day he screamed his head off he stared takin naps with little or no cryin as hard as it will be you have to be strong and let them know mommy is serious. i will be hard trust me im the type how would not let my child cry, but that causes problems, i know...