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Newborn naps with toddler

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Del3 Sat 10-Feb-18 16:05:53

Does anyone have any advice on settling a 4 week old baby with a toddler running around?

I’ve just spent 25 mins trying to rock baby, downstairs with loads of noise. I have to do it downstairs obviously as can’t leave my son, but he is running around going crazy slamming doors etc as he knows I’m busy. Then when I put baby down he screams and I start the whole process again! Does anyone have any tips?

Del3 Sat 10-Feb-18 18:27:59


DrRanjsRightEyebrow Sat 10-Feb-18 18:28:56

Baby in a sling? More likely to sleep amiddt noise if on you

DrRanjsRightEyebrow Sat 10-Feb-18 18:29:03


Snowydaysarehere Sat 10-Feb-18 18:29:25

The only thing I would say is rocking for 25 mins is madness - admit defeat and find other ways to settle!!

LittleBearPad Sat 10-Feb-18 18:32:24

Go for a walk. I spent a lot of time in playgrounds with running around toddler and DS asleep in his prom.

ItchySeveredFoot Sat 10-Feb-18 18:34:07

How old is toddler? Would putting the tv on for the toddler work?

MadC0w Sat 10-Feb-18 18:34:13

My second is now 4 months old and I have a 2.5 year old. The sling has been where 90% of my baby's naps have happened, only now am I starting to try & change it. Free hands are pretty essential! It's hard, good luck!

LittleBearPad Sat 10-Feb-18 18:35:08

Also TV was a lifesaver for keeping DD entertained when I sat down to feed (or just wanted to sit down)

Caterina99 Sun 11-Feb-18 02:50:13

DS is 2.5. DD is 4 months. This issue will only get worse as your baby gets more alert and harder to settle for naps.

I either - use the swing - go out so DD falls asleep in car seat or pram or baby carrier - put the tv on for DS and take DD to another room.

ChocolateDollyMixture Sun 11-Feb-18 07:00:02

My DS is nearly 2.5 and DD 5months. I can't leave DS downstaires on his own EXCEPT if Peppa Pig is on -the world could collapse and he wouldn't know type of concentration goes on!
I tell him that I'm going to put his sister up to bed and that I'll be two minutes. Sometimes her nap coincides with snack time in which case perfect! I admit DD does go down for naps well but I've had to be tougher with her, with my DS I would stay with him until fully asleep, DD has had to learn to self-soothe quickly as can't stay upstairs with her.
I am less than 2 mins....then have to endure the rest of Peppa Pig I promised 😤

Do what you can to keep toddler quiet -TV, snack -to give you time to settle baby but look to reducing time it takes to settle baby.

Fleurchamp Sun 11-Feb-18 11:09:53

I am 7 months in and have no idea....

Baby is currently screaming in her cot and toddler DS starts banging his head on the floor tantruming if I try to leave him to go get her.

Hurry home, DH, hurry!!!!

In all seriousness all the baby's naps are in the pram/ sling. She won't go in her cot during the day even when DS is at nursery/ I have someone else here.

DS was the same - I think I am just shit at getting babies to sleep.

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