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11 month old will only nap for longer than 20 min on me

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PenoirB Wed 19-Apr-17 11:24:06

My baby is great at napping but only on me! If I put her down to nap on her bed she's wide awake within 20 mins, however if she sleeps on me she will nap for an hour or more.
Personally I don't mind and enjoy the time but I'm getting pressure from the OH to teach her to sleep on her own so that I can get things done whilst she sleeps.
Anyone got any tips for helping her nap on her own for longer than 20 mins? She's 11 months now so definitely past the 4th trimester.

scottishbride Wed 19-Apr-17 12:15:47

Watching with interest!
11 month ds. We have an hour on the sofa in the morning and an hour in the pram after lunch.
How does your dd sleep at night?

FATEdestiny Wed 19-Apr-17 12:28:54

Will she go to sleep on you, while you are both lying down?

I am not suggesting lying down together once she is asleep, I mean going from awake to asleep cuddling together whilst lying down. You'll have a better chance of extracting yourself that way.

PenoirB Wed 19-Apr-17 14:44:25

Scottishbride she sleeps ok at night, can leave her on her bed on her own and she won't wake up for 2-3 hrs.

PenoirB Wed 19-Apr-17 14:46:19

Fatedestiny I can get her to nap on her bed in the day and easily extract myself, the issue is she'll wake up 20 mins later.

FATEdestiny Wed 19-Apr-17 14:58:24

You could do with recreating the tight, secure feeling of being held. In a younger baby I might suggest a swaddle. If baby would go to sleep cuddling in a sidecar cot, you could add a tightly tucked in blanket.

The most successful is likely to be naps on the move though - pushchair, car, bouncer etc.

Mammatron Wed 19-Apr-17 15:39:15

Have you heard of "wake to sleep"? My 1 year old was only napping 20-30 mins but I've recently started gently rousing him after about 20 mins of sleep and he's now started doing 90 mins (not every nap yet, sometimes he'll wake before I get to him!). The idea is that it helps them go from one sleep cycle into the next. You're meant to rouse after 35 mins but mine didn't sleep that long so I had to rouse at 20 mins.

PenoirB Wed 19-Apr-17 15:47:34

Mammatron I have tried this a couple of times and it seemed to give me an extra 10 mins but most of the time she's woken up before I managed it. Will have to give this another go and try rousing her after 15 mins.

PenoirB Wed 19-Apr-17 15:51:53

@Fatedestiny I've been looking into toddlepods that claim to recreate the feeling of being held. They cost about £40 but might be money well spent if it works, might just take the plunge and buy one.

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