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To expect 3 month old to nap in his cot?

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Aliveinwanderland Wed 01-Feb-17 12:21:38

14 week old DS is a rubbish sleeper at night and wakes every 1-2 hours and needs feeding back to sleep.

During the day time I can get a 2 hour nap from him at lunch time, but only if we are out in the car or pram for the first hour of it.

Today it's raining and I don't want to go out! He went down for his nap at 11:30 like usual, but is awake again half an hour later and won't go back down. Same happened yesterday when I tried.

Any tips for extending naps in the cot? He will go down no problem but wakes far too early!

Justanothernameonthepage Wed 01-Feb-17 12:39:41

At that age DS wouldn't sleep in a cot - but he would in a swinging chair. Think that saved my sanity. (Although my DS was still only doing 30 minute naps at that age and at night too)

CripsSandwiches Wed 01-Feb-17 12:40:35

My DS wouldn't sleep in a crib at all at that age. Have you tried a carrier?

Kronutpearl Wed 01-Feb-17 12:42:09

Yep mine wouldn't nap in the cot til he was 6 months and dropped to two naps.

It's annoying but normal I'm afraid.

PeppaPigTastesLikeBacon Wed 01-Feb-17 12:44:38

Mine didn't sleep in her cot at all until 6-months. Have you got a bouncy chair? My dd loved that to snooze in

flower11 Wed 01-Feb-17 12:51:12

Sorry you don't want to hear this but my two have never slept in cot for daytime naps. Would scream the place down and never go to sleep. Have only slept in pushchair when out or if really tired would fall asleep in my arms on the sofa.

JagerPlease Wed 01-Feb-17 12:53:25

Another one here with a cot avoider. Have you dried getting him to nap on you if you don't want to go out? Would also recommend a sling for in and out of the house

Mamabear14 Wed 01-Feb-17 12:55:49

I have another nap dodger. She's 18 months and does not nap in the day anymore and hasn't for about 4 months or so. She NEVER napped in her cot, ever. But we borrowed a hammock from my DP's sister and honestly it saved my sanity. It meant she felt cuddled and I could sway her while eating a sandwich til she gave in. If I did it again I would have one of those way before I did his time.

Soubriquet Wed 01-Feb-17 12:56:14

Try a swing

It's where both of my mine napped

Afreshstartplease Wed 01-Feb-17 12:57:57

My ds is 15 weeks

Until this week he would have two good couple of hour naps as well as a couple of short ones

This week the short ones have stopped

Maybe it's an age/stage thing

SuffyBummers Wed 01-Feb-17 12:58:14

If he sleeps in the pram just push the pram back and forth in the house, works for us

BottleBeach Wed 01-Feb-17 13:05:07

DS is a rubbish sleeper at night and wakes every 1-2 hours and needs feeding back to sleep.

Sounds like a completely normal sleep pattern for a 14 week old.

I'm another one whose child never slept in a cot for naps. My neice would fall asleep in her cot straight away, but DS had to be in the sling/buggy/car. Try not to worry about it. I found it much easier to cope with and much less exhausting once I stopped framing it as 'he's a rubbish sleeper', and went with 'this is just what he needs for now'. Do what you can to get through; it does get easier.

I recommend this book:

downwardfacingdog Wed 01-Feb-17 13:08:30

One of my DC never napped in a cot. If I didn't want to go out, I would push him up and down in the hall in his pram and he would sleep there. It was actually better than having a DC who would only nap in the cot as I didn't have to arrange my day around his naps, he would nap out in the buggy.

JessieMcJessie Wed 01-Feb-17 13:09:10

mamabear a special baby hammock or just a big standard one?

annlee3817 Wed 01-Feb-17 13:12:29

Is it a cot or a crib?

It might be that he feels more snug in the pram and there is too much space in the cot? if that's the case you could try a rolled up towel under the sheet to make him feel more snug. Or playing white noise can also help.

Kronutpearl Wed 01-Feb-17 13:16:09

If he sleeps in the pram just push the pram back and forth in the house, works for us

I second this, it's exactly what we used to do.

Blackfellpony Wed 01-Feb-17 13:21:37

My son only naps in a bouncer chair and he's 9 months old.

I gave up with the cot long ago blush

Sunshinegirl82 Wed 01-Feb-17 13:22:23

I have found white noise, played continuously, can help a bit!

Mamabear14 Wed 01-Feb-17 13:45:55

A baby one. I'll try and find a photo of something similar, it had a liner and a harness. It really was a godsend

Mamabear14 Wed 01-Feb-17 13:47:40
I don't know how to do clicky links sorry.

Mamabear14 Wed 01-Feb-17 13:49:34

Oh it did clicky. I am learning! Obviously you need to make sure they done smoosh their face into the insert etc but I never left her for ages in it or anything, it was that exact one that I linked to.

JessieMcJessie Wed 01-Feb-17 13:58:57


Aliveinwanderland Wed 01-Feb-17 14:06:12

We use white noise which helps.

The pram has to be walked and at pace- pushing it back and forwards doesn't work!

He has a next to me crib which he sleeps in at night. I usually do morning nap about 9am in my bed as I get back in with him and we sleep for up to an hour. His cot is in the nursery and he doesn't sleep in it at night yet but have been trying to use it for naps to get him used to it as he will be in it soon.

At lunch time we are usually put and about so he falls asleep in the pram or car seat and can do 2 hours. It's if we are in the house I really struggle with this nap as if we use the cot he wakes after half an hour and won't go back to sleep.

He won't sleep on me at all. If he is tired he hates being held and I have to put him down somewhere dark on his own with his dummy and he will fall asleep by himself. He hates being in a sling and hates being cuddled.

louise987 Wed 01-Feb-17 14:09:31

You aren't BU but you may need to adjust your expectations - my DD wouldn't nap in her cot until 9months (sorry)

annlee3817 Wed 01-Feb-17 16:02:58

I'd stick with naps in the next to me crib, my DD napped in her crib right up until we moved her into her cot and it didn't affect the transition

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