Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nap Advice- Tips and Tricks Tuesdays from moms

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Thank you all for the advice on napping and schedules. We have been trying anything and everything to get Chase to take longer naps and get the sleep he needs and not be overtired. A few times putting him in the swing worked.

We had one day he was doing some long naps and I just let him do his thing and waited for him to wake up or woke him up if it had been 4 hours since he ate. When he sleeps he really loves it and his tummy doesn't wake him up! This resulted in him waking up every three hours to eat that night. He normally does a 4-5 hour stretch, so I was not a fan. So we are not ready to do every 4 hours for eating.

My in laws were in town for a family member's 1st birthday party this weekend. Chase took a few long naps before they arrived and we went to the party. That evening it seemed like he didn't take any naps and didn't seem tired either. The next day he was overtired by the evening.

Well, let me share with you some of the nap advice I received when I asked my nap questions this week. No one was really able to tell me how long a nap should be. It seemed like the majority of the group felt like every child is different and no one can tell you how long they need to nap for.

The only piece of advice they gave me and want me to try is someone had a similar problem to mine and they read some where if you go in the room 5 minutes before they normally wake up and put a finger between their nose and upper lip they will go back to sleep. I guess it is a pressure point right there. I haven't really been able to do this. I don't want to risk waking him up by doing it.

I kind of feel like its going to be a lot of trial and error and I'm sure once I have it figured out he'll change on me. He's such a good baby and really this is a minor problem. My plan is to try to get him to eat every 3 to 3.5 hours so he's not keeping me up at night and just stick to a routine of naps after 90 minutes of eat and play. We are a busy family and need to be flexible. Right now a schedule doesn't fit for us.

Any more nap advice? Any other advice? Link up!


  1. Agreed- Every child is different. You will figure it out and what works best for Chase.
    I dont think I got back to you, but A sleeps 4 hours a day. Sometimes 2 2 hour naps, and then sometimes the 4 hours are broken up between 3 or 4 naps, but her provider said 4 hours is usually the number. She goes to bed at 9 and usually wakes up at 5 and on lucky days, at 6ish.

  2. While I won't be a mom for another couple of months, the advice I got was to wake baby every 2-3 hours during the day, feed, change and play a little. Then back down for another nap. That way they sleep longer stretches at night. I don't know if it works or not but that is what I plan on trying!

  3. I love this post! Landon won't really nap on his own, so I have to make him, and usually that involved putting him in the carrier and wearing him. I'm fine with that for now, but eventually I would like to put him down somewhere to nap. He slept in his swing a bit yesterday, but cried in it today. I've been trying to feed him every 2-3 hours and have him nap after being awake for 90 minutes. We're not really on a schedule yet and it's OK.