C.K. asks from Huntington Beach, CA on May 28, 2008
Naps - Huntington Beach,CA
My 5 month old son does not nap. How can I get him to start taking regular naps? Also, how many naps should a 5 month old be taking? Is it too early to have set nap times? It's hard to always work on naps as well because I also have a 2 year old who requires my attention. It's impossible for me to rock my son to sleep for every nap because of my 2 year old.
S.O. answers from San Diego on May 29, 2008
C.L. answers from Las Vegas on May 29, 2008
WOW, my son is almost 3 and it's amazing I cant even remember how many times he napped at 5mos... I do remember starting a "flexible" schedule early on and that helped me tremendously. I was given the book ON BECOMING BABYWISE by Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam - you can find it on Amazon. It is great and teaches you the eat,play,nap routine so that baby doesn't depend on food/milk to fall asleep rather learns how to sleep on their own, but also allows for parental discretion. I loved it and feel it has been the reason my son was sleeping through the night by 7mos as well as taking 2 good naps until almost age 2 and now continues to take 1 good nap in the afternoon (at 34 monthss). Consistency is the key.
J.M. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
Your 5 month old,should pretty much be taking naps himself.Babies that age, begin getting fussy,and tired,and will fall asleep on their own.Are you saying, that your baby never falls asleep or tires during the day? I could understand A toddler fighting nap-time, because they are far more active. My sons would have been a radical mess, if they stayed awake all day!A recomendation for another CIO program isn't appropriate at 5 mos. You can tell, hes ready for a nap when he begins to get cranky and fussy.When it starts,make sure hes dry and has a full tummy and lay him down.Best of luck to you.
K.C. answers from Honolulu on May 30, 2008
I have a 2.5 yr old and a 3 month old. Although my hubby has been very involved with our older son so I can get the baby down for her 4 naps a day, I use a baby carrier a lot to get her down and bounce on a ball with a blanket over her head (yes she can still breathe) so she can't see. It works well and I've even done it while reading my son a book. The recent book I've read talks about at her age babies shouldn't be up longer than 2 hrs and I can see she's thriving on this. Your son is older and may need less naps and have more wake stamina. I would try to find something that gets him down and do that every time he's tired. Make the sleeping environment "sleep oriented" and even if he has to cry a bit while you're with the 2 yr old, it's OK. I've heard a lot of mom's say it's hard to get the 2nd to sleep because of the first waking them up. I know mom's are in your same boat. Will he take a pacifier? Mine won't but I know it can work wonders. Good luck finding what works. I encourage you to do just that to get him to nap.
J.B. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
my daughter at that age was taking 2 naps a day one mid morning and the last mid afternoon. she was usually up, bathed, fed and playing at 8am and was down for a nap about 10-11a. then she would wake up and have lunch around 12-1p and was back down for another nap at 3p i also didnt ever allow her to sleep past 5p so she can eat dinner and be in bed by 7p. that really worked for me but if your baby still refuses to take 2 naps then what i would do (and did with my daughter time to time) was put them down for 1 good nap in between the 2 times you would normally put them down. some parents dont feel its neccisary to schedual a baby at that age (or ever sometimes) for naps but i think its helpful that your baby starts to learn when they are tired so they can learn how to relax themselves to goto sleep. good luck i hope this was helpful to you!!!
L.A. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
About that age, my son went from 3 naps to one big one. For a while he did about 20-30 min morning, then 1-2 hours after lunch, then another short one in the later afternoon. Around 6m he started doing 2-3 hours after lunch. You need to decide what works for you. Mom decides when nap starts and stops, even if they cry for a couple min. at first. Baby Wise helped me. Really a set schedule, whatever it is, works best. Also, take note of how many stroller/car seat naps they get. Sometimes after those they think they're "done" with napping for the day because they've had mini naps and aren't as tired.
S.H. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
You might want to just try leaving him in the crib after he is changed and fed. Look for the tired Qs first like rubbing the eyes, cranky whimpers, yawning, etc. He may cry a little, but he should get the point soon after he gets bored. My son is a little older, but I found at that age, when he didn't want to nap, that he slept better at night when naps were a regular occurrence.
My son's schedule now is: wakes up at 6:45am, nap at 9:45ish, nap again between 2 and 4, he is asleep for the night at 8pm. Even if he naps for 1/2 an hour there is a huge energy and attitude difference. It is also REALLY nice to have a little time to yourself to make phone calls or clean up.
R.B. answers from San Diego on May 29, 2008
3 day sleep solution!! Get the video and you will see how well your baby will start napping and sleeping better in 3 days - but consistency is key. Go to www.3daysleep.com Or you can consult with Davis Erhler. She is AMAZING!!! In the video she also goes over how to 'teach' your baby to sleep on their own (no sleep crutches- swings, rocking, car rides, etc.....)
My son took 3 naps at this age....consistency and a schedule you stick to 'everyday' is what is going to get him on a good routine. Pay the $39.95 - you will throw out all your other books and be amazed!! The only book I kept was Gary Ezzo - "On Becoming Babywise" - great book.
E.B. answers from San Luis Obispo on May 29, 2008
Does he sleep through the night? Maybe he will set his own nap time. When he seems the crankiest, that could be when he should have a nap. You can get in the car and drive them both around the block a few times. Sometimes that works with tired babies. Or notice his cranky time and start rocking him then. Put a DVD or good child's program on for your two year old at this time. You can sit where you can see your two year old. The few minutes of rocking could be a good time for you to relax with the baby in your arms. Does your two year old take regular naps?
Hope this helps some.
J.G. answers from Los Angeles on May 29, 2008
Like Petra, "Secrets of the Baby Whisperer" really helps me too with my 3 1/2 month old. Because I am headed back to work in a few days I really needed to form some type of 'pattern', not schedule but pattern of naps for him. I have yet to be able to just put him down in his crib to let him fall asleep on his own but I hope that will come soon. What we have done with him since Day One is bounce him on a pilates ball. it's magic! I keep a track of time and when it starts getting close to two hours that he's been awake, I head for the pilates ball which I keep near his crib. And either over my shoulder or cradled with his pacifier, I bounce lightly and sshhsshh lightly and within minutes he's out.
Hope this helps!