How Do You Put Your LO Down For A Nap

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lin7604 - March 12

do you close the blinds and make it really dark? My ds's room has mini blinds and i find i will close them but the room is still pretty light, do you think if there were curtain over top to make it darker he would sleep better? or would he then get confused that it's bedtime with a really ark room? I am going to have to get something else to put over top the blinds as with daylight longer now his rrom is bright at bedtime. yesterday i had to get a towel and hook it up on the blinds so it was dark.

 

Kara H. - March 12

Naps are really hard at our house - bedtime we have down to a science - but naps are horrible! He thinks I am am cheating him out of fun, I guess. He will do anything to keep himself awake, despite the heavy eyelids and bags under his eyes. For us, I actually don't mind the light coming in, LO will cover his eyes (or at least shut them) which helps him go to sleep. Otherwise if it is semi-dark, he just lays there and yells at me, as if to say "I KNOW its not bedtime yet!" I suppose every baby is different. JCPenney's sells really nice room darkening curtains, we had some several years ago when hubby worked 3rd shift. I never thought that he would be on 3rd again so I got rid of them. So looks like I will order another set. I may go ahead and get a set for Max's room too, since with daylight savings time it will still be light at 9pm this summer. I'm sure I will get my moneys worth out of them since I doubt I will want him up that late for several more years.

 

lin7604 - March 12

so what do you do at bedtime that works so well? mine lately ( 4.5 months) wakes several times after he is put down, anywhere from 30-60 min after and a few trimes after that until he ends up getting another bottle. Then i find once he's out , he's out for a few hours. HOw can i awvoid these wakes after and just have him out from the begining. he doesn't firt bedtime or cry when he is put down and will fall asleep on his own ( witha soother sometimes).

 

Kara H. - March 12

I feed him within 30-45 minutes before I put him down, don't allow any naps within 3 hours of bedtime, turn on a radio to a static station for white noise to mask our movements around the house, and I run a small heater in his room since he seems to sleep better at a warmer tempurature than we do. I also noticed that he really likes to feel a blanket against his face, so I found the thinnest, most thread-bare receiving blanket I could find and I let him hold that during the night. If he does wake up, I will try to comfort him back to sleep without picking him up - rub his head or back, reposition him if he looks uncomforable, but I don't pick him up unless I absolutely have to. At 4.5 months, your lo could still be in the growth spurt phase and occasionally need more calories, but I would think it wouldn't be an every night thing. I would try different things every few nights until you find something that works. Your lo may need to have his bed elevated a bit on books to help him sleep or maybe he is too warm or too cool. I would experiment a bit and see if you can find out his preferences.

 

jenstewart21 - March 12

my lo likes it dark - he doesn't get confused as far as night and day either, he still sleeps all thru the night - i am able to just lay him down and as long as it is kinda dark - he pa__ses right out!

 

luviduvi - March 12

Hi, My son is 5 mths. He takes a 30-60 minute nap in the morning. He then takes a 3-4 hour nap in the afternoon after he's had his lunch. Gets up and then takes another 30 minute nap just around the time I start to make dinner. I get ds down for a good afternoon nap by giving him a ma__sage (although since he's used to taking the nap he no longer required it) and swaddle him in a big soft blankie. My son's room has a little light that comes in. I don't think its bad to have a little light b/c this way, he can nap wherever he is. you can't always block the son or the lights in a store etc. Good Luck

 

AnytimeLittleone - March 12

When my dd was 4.5 months, she was napping twice a day, once in the morning for about 1.5 hrs, and once in the afternoon for 1.5 hrs. I looked for signs of her being tired.. ie: eye rubbing, red eyes, sudden irritability... Id then feed her, and put her into her crib in a dark room.. (blinds and curtains). Within 15 minutes she would be asleep. Now at 7 months, we have gone to 1 nap in the afternoon, but the routine is still the same...

 

lin7604 - March 12

i just wish that he would nap that long.... then it would be no problem but he normally only naps for 30-60 min. I am trying this week to keep him up for 2 hrs and see what happens instead of putting him down at 1.5 hrs maybe be he will be more tired ( hopefully not overtired )and sleep longer?

 

lin7604 - March 12

when is the next growth spurt after 4.5 months? just so i will be prepared! i just don't know why he wakes after he is put down for bed anywhere from 10-60 min after? he goes down for naps well

 

AnytimeLittleone - March 12

lin7604.... at 4.5 months, my dd was sleeping 2 naps a day. The only thing I can reccomend is to make sure your lo is "stimulated" enough during his awake times... if hes interested in something he wont want to sleep (like being on a walk, or in the exersaucer, or jolly jumper)... the physical activity will also make him tired... and hopefully he'll sleep longer. My dd is go go go go go from the time she wakes up, and shes been like that since about 4.5-5 months, and we've never had a napping problem. Just tire him out!

 

luviduvi - March 12

lin7604---I think how your baby sleeps and naps has a lot to do with how lucky you are and how you train them. My dd was not a strong napper until about 7 mths of age but slept through the night very early. My son naps like Rip Van Winkel but we had to put work into his bedtime routine. DD went through a phase at about 5 mths were she would catnap. My family used to call her "the great pretender" Then, at about 7 mths, we just worked with her and eventually, she was taking that 2 hour nap. One thing I do suggest is that when he wakes up in 30-40 minutes, rock him back to sleep even if it takes 15 minutes and he looks wide awake. They become trained to sleep in longer intervals.

 

LisaB - March 12

We have black out blinds on our windows so we close the window, wave nigh-night to the animals, outside, kitty, downstairs ect. then we had ds his blanket hugs and kisses and hes down. When he starts to get tired sometimes you can ask him if its time for nigh-night and he'll wave so you know hes good to go.

 

lin7604 - March 12

oh he's active alright! he was even in my womb! he is a very active boy that need to be on the go when he is up, he just won't lye ther and play with his fingers and toes like some do. he is always bouncing,etc in his jolly jumper, car or playing with his ocean wonders mat, etc. i just read still that at this age that they should still be limited to 2 hrs awake time and i don't know if i can trust his tired cues. when he was a newborn he would go for 5 hs straight with no tired signs until i read about the 1.5-2 hr mark. then i implamented that and naps got really good and predictable just not very long. NOw i don't know if i shoul dtry and truct his tired cues again or what. iamtrying right now and he has been up for 2.5 hrs and i just tried to put him for a nap and he is screaming. so i don't know if that is because he is overtired or just not ready for a nap yet?

 

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