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Floweroct2 Sun 25-Dec-16 10:04:06

My da is 7 months and we've got into bad habits of either feeding him to sleep or in a sling for his naps. I've now managed to get him to fall asleep at night on his own but no success with naps. So when we have visitors and he's due a nap o end up sitting in my bedroom whilst he sleeps, I've tried putting him in his cot once he's asleep but he just wakes up. Am I the only one that ends up hiding away like this? I really didn't want to be one of those parents that is dictated by their baby!!!

NerrSnerr Sun 25-Dec-16 10:33:43

At that age our daughter just slept on me when she napped so I stayed in the living room and she fell asleep on me. Would he nod off with other people around? We didn't have a set nap time, she just fell asleep on the boob usually.

GummyGoddess Sun 25-Dec-16 10:57:54

Same here, sleeps in his crib at night but on me or DH in the day. I'm actually looking forward to coming upstairs to feed and nap with him as we have so many people coming over! Have set up a little nest with food and entertainment for me and everything.

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Sun 25-Dec-16 11:44:39

My DS is 1 and always has his naps on my lap in the lounge (after being bf to sleep). I don't think of it as a bad habit though grinit's vial relaxation time for me and I thoroughly enjoy it.

We were clear with guests this morning they could come before his nap but must leave so he could go to sleep, not usually too urgent but it's going to be a long, stimulating day for him. He started to get noticeably grumpy so I started telling everyone how tired he was and that it was nap time. Did they get the hint? Did they shite, they just carried ok yaking away and filling glasses. Mildly annoying but not a disaster. Headed upstairs with Baby for nap. He quickly starts dropping off. Jobs a good'un. Until someone came upstairs to use the loo and SLAMMED the loo door. angryangry Baby awake.

DH tells me he ran after said person but didn't catch them. Everyone is gone and now DS is asleep on my lap so I am happy. At least I was until DH brought me a mimosa is a bloody WINE GLASS.

Good luck with your Xmas naps everyone fsmile

BlueBee31 Sun 25-Dec-16 12:23:50

I am hiding upstairs right now. Just got DS off to sleep on me. He's super grizzly with a cold. Everyone else is opening pressies downstairs. Hoping DH will remember to bring some nibbles up...

Floweroct2 Sun 25-Dec-16 12:31:03

Ah glad it's not just me then! He used to be able to fall asleep feeding with people around but he's now too nosy! Tbh it's an effort to get him to nap at all currently feeding him upstairs before people arrive but he's not submitting to his sleep! Think it's going to be a long day! Hope you all have good xmases!

Me624 Tue 27-Dec-16 22:12:46

I do think YAB a bit U to be honest, people want to spend time with you at Christmas even if they see you every week and it's a shame to have to leave after a couple of hours for the baby to nap. Having seen some of my friends be absolutely ruled by their baby who would only nap in a cot in a silent dark room I was determined that DS when he came along would be more flexible. As a young baby he slept in my arms wherever we were. Since about 6 months he needs less distraction like your DS but I have always taken him out and about throughout the day and he is quite used to napping in his pushchair, we usually put him in that in a bedroom or quiet downstairs room if we are at friends or family. With Christmas and knowing we'd want to be out all day at family's we took the travel cot with us and set it up in PIL's room and DS napped well in there.

I do think it will make your lives easier if you can get your DS used to napping in either a travel cot or his pushchair. I appreciate though there are some babies who just won't.

boobsaclock Thu 29-Dec-16 18:54:25

They're not 'bad habits' at all. If he likes the sling how does he fair in a pram? Could you run round the block to get him down and then leave the pram in another room (so you can hear if he wakes though)? I still do this at 18 months!

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