10 week old won't nap! Help!(9 Posts)
My 10 week old little girl has started sleeping through the night usually 7pm-7am but only naps for about 2 hours in the day. I also have to fight her to sleep by rocking her until she gives in and falls asleep. I look for all the signs to show she's tired but not sure if she doesn't want to go to sleep or is already over tired... She's not crying before I try to rock her but sometimes she's been awake for 3 or 4 hours without napping and I feel like if I leave her any longer then she'll be even worse to get to sleep. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! It's exhausting rocking and shushing and being beaten up in the process!
WOW!!! you have a 10 week old who sleeps 12 hours a night and a further two hours in the day!
what is your question exactly?
My DC never ever in their lives have napped for two hours during the day, not since birth.
And have never ever in their lives slept 12 hours a night either.
i know some children who do, but not until much much older
I'm just wondering if she should be sleeping more in the day it's 2 hours in total not at one time, sometimes she's only asleep for 20 minutes as she has reflux that can make her wake up, although this doesn't seem to affect her at night. I'm worried the crying and screaming on the day is because she's overtired. I have to fight her to sleep at night as well but she then stays asleep until the morning, although she does sleep with me which I think helps. So my question was really how to get her to sleep by herself without the screaming and rocking
The reflux is caused by a mussel at the top of the stomach not closing properly, so acid comes up and burns. This will close naturally at 6 months. You need to raise the head above stomach at all times, nappy use a cushion, bed put a towel under the mattress, notice how she sleeps better in a raised pram, or on you? People telling you shes spoilt?? Easy solves takes a few days, then you can stop rocking swaddle and leave to sleep.
Unless its you screaming and rocking, in which case seek help
My fella who is exactly the same age sleeps well in a sling during the day. He gets a good two hours while I walk the dog... but if I stop he wakes up.
It sounds like a pretty good deal if she's sleeping through the night. Mine also slept through from a fairly young age but only took short naps, and it used to wind me right up... now I look back and think I should have just relaxed. All babies need different amounts of sleep and their sleep patterns change all the time. If she's not unhappy or tired the rest of the day, she's fine. Mine fought naps at that age too unless she was in the pram or sling, but I kept her to a regular routine and now (aged 18 months) she knows what's coming and happily snuggles down for her nap at home. Don't let it ruin your day!
I think at ten weeks old they should be sleeping much more than two hours a day. I don't think it's helpful to just tell you that you're lucky you get 12 hours a night.
I also wouldn't worry about still rocking to sleep at this age, it's still really young. I think I tried getting my DS to fall asleep alone probably from around five or six months old. Any earlier and he just wouldn't have it at all.
If I remember right i used to try and get him to have a sleep after approx two hours awake at that age to avoid over tiredness. It can be hard to pre-empt it though.
Of course all personal opinion, so take what you will!
Is she happy during the day? If so then no problem! ok the rocking is hard work, suggest pram walks or sling walks might also get her to sleep and be easier than rocking in arms.
If shes not happy then it would be worth trying to get her to sleep more in the day, it's about getting the timing right - usually a 10 week old would want to sleep about 1.5 hours after waking (I think - google to check!) so try for the first nap then.
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