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3 month baby won't nap

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Mishee Wed 31-Jan-07 21:32:30

Night times are OK, but I can't my 3 month baby to nap during the day unless I take her for an hour's walk, sometimes a drive works, sometimes she drops off in her bouncy chair. In her cot, she just cries and cries and then becomes hysterical unless I pick her up. She is a happy baby until she gets tired, that's the only time that she cries, but the day obviously goes donwhill, because she gets more and more tired as the day goes on.

Othersideofthechannel Wed 31-Jan-07 21:35:27

At the same age DS stopped his daytime naps. Putting on a lambskin worked for us. It has now become his comforter.

Twinklemegan Wed 31-Jan-07 21:35:28

Hello Mishee. We had exactly the same thing with DS - had to cuddle him to sleep every single time and then put him down so so carefully like he was made of nitro-glycerine or something! I can't say exactly what happened but it just started to get better as he got older. I was more confident to leave him to cry for a bit when he got to about 4.5 months and he gradually learned to go to sleep and stay asleep. Hang in there - it will get better!

Mellin Thu 01-Feb-07 10:15:17

Mishee my 14 week old was exactly the same a few weeks ago. I think about 3 months they are more aware of their surroundings and sleep isn't so appealing!

My dd would nap in her bouncy chair like yours which was a godsend as I didn't have to leave the house every time for a nap. Would rock her off and I could get things done while she napped.

In the past couple of weeks she has progressed from the bouncy to the cot. So hang in there, keep giving her the opportunity to nap in the cot and she will do it when she's ready.

gingerninja Thu 01-Feb-07 12:36:49

Mine was the same at 3 months too. Drove me insane. She now only sleeps 30mins at a time but it's getting slightly better (she's 5 months) she's also not as crabby when she's awake which makes it easier. She'd get so overtired and wouldn't sleep. I'm sure it's a very common problem. Looking at these threads it would seem to be anyway. I now have the joy of her not sleeping at nigh, which is another story!!

barefeete Sun 01-Jul-07 15:04:48

I am having EXACTLY the same problem at the moment. My DS is 3 months old and will only nap for 20-30 mins at a time and this is after i have had to leave her to cry it out. I have now worked out that she crys for 10-15 mins and then can get herself to sleep. I feel terrible but as i have a 21 months old just can't walk her around the house to get her to sleep anymore. Good luck. Just thought you might like to know that you are not the only one with this problem.

barefeete Sun 01-Jul-07 15:05:27

woops just looked at the date on these threads and realised that i think i missed the boat on this one!

moodledoodle Mon 23-Jul-07 15:15:32

Oh, the benefit of hindsight. My ds was exactly the same - she NEVER napped during the day. I was out and about all the time when she was young because she would sleep in the car or buggy. But that is not great when you just want to sit down for 10 minutes. I literally had to plan to be out the whole day. I would love to tell you that she grew out of it by 12 weeks, but it only changed when she started on solids, and now she naps twice during the day. But has started waking up at night!! You gotta love them!

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