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There are times when my baby is obviously tired, but wakes up because of a random sound or from being moved from my arms. If she has opened her eyes up and cooed a little, is she too awake to still out down for some quiet time or hopefully a self induced nap?

I hear this advice all over the place, but I'm not sure I get it. And how long should I wait before picking her pack up again and resuming activities if she doesn't fall asleep quickly?

For example, I just nursed her to sleep, laid her down, and she woke up. She is still calm and quiet in the room with he sound machine on., but not sleeping. Is 15 minutes a good amount of time to wait if she remains calm but not asleep? Or should it be longer to give her a chance to self soothe?

(Btw, I'm trying to get away from baby wearing for all naps, that's why I am trying this, and I am happy to nurse her to sleep in bed when I can, but it's not always clear when she is going to fall asleep for nursing, so I don't always get to nurse her in bed)

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If she's calm and not fussing, I would say leave her as long as she's fine (or until she falls asleep).  There were naps where my daughter would coo in her crib for 45 minutes before falling asleep.  Sometimes babies need some alone time too.  :)

 

 

I can't remember how old your LO is, but we started putting our daughter down drowsy but not asleep for naps around 5 months and I think it made a huge difference in her nighttime sleep a few months later.  She could self-soothe and get herself back to sleep pretty easily.

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Interesting. Today she seemed calm for about 10 minutes, then excited, and finally sounding lonely after about 20, so, no sleep, but not a bad experience overall. I'll keep trying this and see if she ever falls asleep on her own! 


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I have a mobile for times like this (we co-sleep most of the time, but there is still a crib...).  She loves that thing, and more often than not it helps her back to sleep.


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@Backroads, that's interesting. DD seems to find hers quite stimulating. She gets excited when I put it on her bassinet (it's removable). How long does she look at it before sleeping usually? 


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@Backroads, that's interesting. DD seems to find hers quite stimulating. She gets excited when I put it on her bassinet (it's removable). How long does she look at it before sleeping usually? 


A couple of minutes, tops. 


Granted, I never expected that. I had always heard mobiles were usually distracting, and I didn't give her one till she was about five months (I intended it to be for play time.)  But it plays classical music... and somehow it sends her to sleep.


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