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Napping 101

Vanessa V.
VANESSA V.
Child Sleep Consultant
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Battling a case of the naptime no-no's? Solidifying a sleep routine can be exhausting, but help is on the way! Led by Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Vanessa Vance.

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Nipple to sleep
JOHANA RAMOS, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi, I dont know if this might be a right question for the topic. I realized i accidentally made baby 10 week old baby girl to associate nuesing to sleep! When she cries sooo hard i give her the nipple and she calms down. Thinking that is what she needed but she just falls asleep when i put her there. Know that i realize it I want a new routine of nursing, play, then sleep! Even for naps! Im afraid of over feeding even though im ONLY breastfeeding. Thank you

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Johana, Feel free to reach out to the breastfeeding experts about your fear of over feeding her.

You can start by laying her down quiet yet awake for the 1st nap of the day. You may nurse before rest. Just not immediately before nap/bedtime. Put it early in the naptime/bedtime routine. Example: nurse, bath/massage, diaper, pajamas, sleep sack, song/quick book, then lay down to sleep. At 10 weeks of age, you can expect a solid 4 hours of night time sleep (maybe 5-6 hours). This solid sleep starts at bedtime (7-10pm bedtime). For the rest of the day, she only tolerates being awake for one hour before you offer her rest. If you wait for her to show sleepy cues-- she is already overtired. Instead, set a timer on your phone to go off after 50 minutes of awake time. Start the naptime/bedtime routine when the timer goes off. She is old enough that you can teach her how to fall asleep all by herself (without you helping-nurisng, rocking, patting, bouncing, etc).

Start with the first nap of the day. Keep adding -- laying down quiet yet awake to more nap times and bedtime. As you gain confidence. If she figures out how to do this from week 10-week 16 you may be able to avoid sleep training or the 4 month sleep regression.

Best of luck! Thank you for reaching out!
Vanessa

JOHANA RAMOS

Ok good to know!
She has never slept more than 3-3 1/2 hrs. But at night she can sleep 10 hrs only waking every 3 to nurse!
I have tried this for the first nap but she just cries alot.

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Johana,
How long is the first stretch of sleep before you nurse during the night time? What is bedtime?

The first nap of the day, maybe in the middle of the night, at this point. Try not to nurse her to sleep for the 1st middle of the night feed. Or rouse her awake. Let her practice falling asleep without your help (pacifier, rocking, nursing, bouncing, patting, etc).

The more she practices, the better chance she has of avoiding needing sleep training after 4 months. You can give her 5-10 minutes of fussing/crying to try to settle herself to sleep. If that does not work, then you enter and provide the parent driven sleep associations (patting, rocking, pacifier, nursing, bouncing, etc). Have you watched the Happiest baby on the Block DVD? Get it from the library! It is amazing!

Best,
Vanessa

JOHANA RAMOS

She usually want to sleep from 7-10 pm before that sometimes from 3-5 she has never slept after 50 mins of being awake! That might be the problem. I started doing the practice couple weeks ago and few times work but not for bed time.

Vanessa
VANESSA

She could be overtired....if naps are not frequent (after 1 hour of awake time)

JOHANA RAMOS

I see now! Could it be too late to start putting her to nap every 50 mins? And if she is use (my mistake) to be more time awake how do I put her to sleep every 50 mins? She is thoug, use to going to sleep at 7-7:30 till like 6. But she does wake up every three hrs to eat? The every three hrs, when does she start to sleep more straight?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Start today with the every 50-60 mins to offer naps. Night time organizes around 8 weeks. You may have been delayed in seeing the solid 4 hour stretch because she is overtired from lack of daytime sleep

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Napping to late in the day
HAZEL, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

My 1 year old has a nap at about 11am/12pm for an hour then one around 4/5pm. I've doesn't get up till 9/10am, has naps late in the day so doesn't go to bed until about 10ish.
How do I go about getting him to bed earlier?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Hazel,
The best way to adjust the schedule is to jump right into the new pattern. Pretend you are traveling -- and get on the new time zone. Your 13 month old is not sleeping with the normal biological rhythms (melatonin secretion). Start the day off with a forced wake up by parents by 7 am. Then provide nap at 12:30 start time. Then bedtime around 6 - 8 pm depending on afternoon mood/overtired symptoms.