Anyone Else Have A LO That Doesn T Nap In Their Crib

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KOGreer - January 7

I had a hard time getting my son to sleep at night, so we eventually had to resort to letting him CIO once he reached about 3.5 months. Now he goes down really great (for the most part) at night. But somehow from day one we got into the habit of letting him nap whereever...in his swing in the mornings, carseat while out driving, in the stroller out on walks, in my arms at home. It is great because it helps keep things flexible, and I don't have to worry about rushing home for naptime, but now that he is older (6.5 months) I am starting to worry that I have formed a bad habit. Never once has he napped in his crib. When we were CIOing I couldn't handle hearing him cry three more times a day during naptimes as well, so I just kept the crib for night time. Today when he fell asleep while I was holding him, I experimented. I put him down in his crib; he opened his eyes and gave me that look of "what the heck do you think you are doing?" I still left the room, and he continued to stay in his crib for a half hour, but did not sleep a wink. Just played and talked, and cried for a minute. I am afraid that if I start putting him in there for every nap and having to let him CIO again that it will somehow revert him back to old habits again at night time. And believe me, I don't want to have to go through that again! So I guess what I am looking for is if there is someone else out there that was/is in the same boat as me, and how you were able to turn nap times around. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE having my baby sleep in my arms during the day, and I know that day won't be here for much longer, but it would really be nice to be able to put him in his crib sometimes during the day as well. Thanks!

 

countrymom401 - January 8

I also did the same. I let him nap everywhere until he was about 6 months. He is 10 months old now and will only sleep in his crib. He may pa__s out in the car but for a good nap he has to be in his crib. Whenever he fell asleep somewhere I would put him in the crib. For about a week he would wake up after only 20 minutes or so. I would just let him get up then. He eventually started to nap longer and now he has one nap for about 3.5 hours everyday. And now I put him down awake and he goes to sleep on his own. Sometimes he will play and talk for 10 or 15 mins before he goes to sleep. I have one of those fisher price aquarium things that lights up and plays music. I found it worked wonders at the start. I would just start puttting him in there. I also found that it helped if I nursed him in his room in the dark so when he fell asleep I wouldn't have to go far with him in my arms. I found that CIO doesn't really work for nap time. If he is crying for 20 mins there went his nap and he wouldn't fall asleep anyway. I would just try again a little later. Good luck to you.

 

Val - January 8

We haven't done CIO, but I did have problems getting our LO to nap in his crib until just about 3 weeks ago. Like yours, he fell asleep in a variety of places, but when I put him in his crib, he'd fuss. Something that has been working for us - a special nap blanket. One day I happened to give him a blanket my mom had knitted for him and he loved it! I've noticed that right as I try to leave the room, he'll sometimes fuss for a few seconds, but then he'll get back into the blankie and settle down. Ever since then he's been taking great naps (1-3 hours each, 2-3 times a day), and they are even on a pretty regular schedule. We also use the Fisher Price aquarium thing - my dh swears it helps. By the way, I think that just letting him hang out and play/talk quietly in the crib is ok... it's still down time, and it will probably help him get used to being there during the day. You might also try having someone else put him down for nap if possible - my dh and daycare person have long had much better luck than me! Good luck!

 

excited2bemama - January 8

I agree.. CIO doesn't really woke for nap times... by the time they finish crying naptime is over. I started letting dd sleep in my arms around 6 months- I was nursing her to sleep and then when I placed her in her crib she would wake up.. so I did the whole nap in my arms thing for a few weeks and then I coudln't take it anymore. I couldn't sit still that long and if I barely moved or coughed she woke up.. we had tryed letting her CI O but I would go in and comfort her etc.. So what I did is place her in her crib, (awake- not nursed to sleep) pop her paci in and LEAVE the room very quickly... if I hung there for more than a few secs she really gets going with the crying.... she will ususally fry for less than 5 min and then go to sleep- Intially though she if she cryed for more than 10 min I would take her out and let her play.. she would realized how tired she was and a say 30 min I would try again for the nap and eventually she would go to sleep... now when I put her in the crib- she usually lets out 1 wail but rarely cryes for more than 1-2 min. I would try putting him in awake and she what he does.. after say 10-15 if he isn;t alseep take him out and try again a little bit later GL.. hope you find something that works

 

KOGreer - January 8

Oh my gosh! How I would love to get long naps out of my son! He naps for 30 min on the dot twice a day, plus a 45 min morning nap in his swing. You two have inspired me to try this whole crib thing out. When he starts to get tired I am going to try and put him in his crib and see what happens next. Unfortunately I am the only one here most of the time, so it will just be me putting him down. We have that aquarium thing as well, it has proven to be a lifesaver on many occasions! Val, how old is your son? Thanks!

 

excited2bemama - January 8

Dd usually naps for 30 min on the dot too.. when she does that she naps 3 times a day.. if she sleeps longer than 1 hour (very rarely) she usually does 2 naps a day.

 

Val - January 8

Our baby is 7.5 months. So I was having nap difficulties until just past 6.5 months. He did a lot of napping in my arms until just recently! I just wanted him to get some sleep so I would just sit after he nursed if he fell asleep. Man, I would get so stiff and sore from sitting for an hour plus! I agree with Excited- getting out of the room quickly seems to be key. Over the holidays we travelled like 20 hours (each way!) by minivan, and found that if we sat with DS, he wouldn't nap even if he was really tired, but once we sat somewhere away from him, he'd nap.

 

KOGreer - January 8

That sounds like a good plan. My son recently weaned himself from the paci, so that won't work for us. But later today when he seems tired, I am going to try and put him in his crib again. The problem is with him I don't usually know he is tired until he is asleep in the stroller or whatever. I'll need to pay more attention to the signs now that i am trying to establish a good nap routine.

 

excited2bemama - January 8

my daugher is so obvious when she is tired.. she rubs her eyes and whines.....

 

KOGreer - January 8

My son definitely isn't that obvious! So I tried the crib again today. I first put him in when he was WIDE awake, and I got what I expected. He played for about 15 min, then started to whine. I took him out, and 15 min later he fell asleep in my arms. I put him back in the crib, and sure enough, he SLEPT! I was pretty shocked! It was for only 30 min of course, but I don't care. I still had some free time to my self which was wonderful! Lets see how tomorrow goes! Thanks everyone for your advice!

 

squished - January 8

Ok.....you guys have inspired me to try the crib thing :) Our ds mainly naps while we are out and about for the day, we are always on the go. Sometimes he'll fall asleep when eating and I'll hold him and other times he'll fall asleep on the couch. I am totally motivated to try this again, so we'll see. I've got to get something to block out more light in the room though. Hmmm......

 

Val - January 9

KO - glad you got him to nap today! Our ds wasn't that obvious about naps until recently. Now he definitely rubs his eyes and whines a lot... Squished - - good luck... FYI - we don't worry about the lights being dimmed for naps - it seems to work fine with the regular light.

 

KOGreer - January 9

Squished, how old is your LO?

 

KOGreer - January 9

Just an update... I put my son in his crib again today when his eyes were closing in my arms. And I can't believe it, he slept for 1 hour and 15 min! That is a miracle! I hope it isn't just a fluke! What a great afternoon for mommy, getting in some quiet time! I realized the trick for me is to not put him in his crib wide awake. That doesn't work at night, I don't know why I thought it would work during the day. But once his eyes get heavy in my arms, he seems to go to sleep okay in his crib. I definitely don't think this would have worked had we not CIO a few months back, but either way, I am happy :)

 

squished - January 9

KO......my lo is 6 months. Today I tried the crib thing and he fussed a little and then al out cried, sobbing and I went in and gave him his soothie and put my hand on his tummy and he calmed down and fell asleep!! In his crib!!! He only slept for 30 minutes, but he slept in his crib. :) Hopefully he'll do it again.

 

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