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Old 04-26-2010, 03:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I posted this on the toddler page, but then I realized that she's still more of a baby than a toddler...
My daughter is 11 months (birthday on 5/19). She had colic and has always been a really light sleeper. Thankfully now the colic has been over, and she sleeps "through the night".
But she hardly naps. She's to the point where she still is sleepy/fussy both morning and afternoon, but will only nap one or the other. I put her in her crib when she's really sleepy, and she will either play, fuss, or scream. The screaming is obviously what really gets to me! But then, if she doesn't fall asleep, she ends up falling asleep briefly while nursing. The problem with that is that if that happens in the morning, then no matter how short the nap is, she won't take an afternoon nap.
Yesterday she only napped 20 minutes for the entire day! Then since she skipped her afternoon nap, she fell asleep nursing right before bed. I can't transfer her without her waking up, so she woke up and then wouldn't go to sleep for another 2.5 hours.
Also, she is still a really light sleeper. We have a sound machine in her room turned all the way up, and we have to tiptoe around the house and whisper while she's in bed.

What should I do about these nap issues??? Help!
Jessica
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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Can you go down to one nap? Maybe aim for it to be at about 11am. Do everything you can to make sure she doesn't fall asleep before then and do everything you can to make that nap as long as possible. This could include lying with her on your bed the whole time or staying in her room to pat her or whatever if she stirs. Then keep her up for the rest of the afternoon and put her to bed early. Nap transitions are hard but once you have one nap it will probably be longer and more predictable. Good luck.
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I tried that yesterday. She napped very well. She then fell asleep at 6pm, but was awake from 9 - 10:30. This transition time has been going on for a long time already - a couple of months.
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