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My ds 13 months and I don't know if I got him into a bad habit, but he will only nap while being held usually while nursing. Please tell me I'm not the only one!
 

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My little guy will nap in his sidecar crib if I nurse him lying down. Otherwise he doesn't go down for a nap unless I'm holding him, wearing him in the mei tai, or nursing him. I don't worry about it, it's pretty cute actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My baby naps in his bed. He used to nap in my arms when he was very small. Whhile we're out, he'll nap in the sling or carseat. But when home, always in bed.
 

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Yes, absolutely!! DS in almost 1, and will not sleep for any length of time unless he's being held. DD was the same way, but grew out of it gradually. The problem is that if I try to put ds down, she'll wake him up unless I'm holding him. Anyway, just wanted you to know you're not alone...and most of the moms I know (crunchy ones, at least) have the same situation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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This post caught my eye because my son is having a super long nap in my arms this afternoon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> As he snoozes and nurses a bit here and there I've been reading online, which is something I enjoy.<br><br>
He took most of his naps in my arms or the sling for the first few months, but gradually I started trying to put him down and he's actually my "easiest" baby (as far as sleeping habits and in other areas). My second daughter slept in my arms for most of her infancy because of health issues. But by her second year she was sleeping fine on her own, and now she stays the whole night in her own bed unlike her older sister who still frequently crawls into our big bed around 4 a.m.<br><br>
My first daughter is the one who I think was most attached to sleeping in arms, but it was no problem since she was my first and I had a lot of online moms experiences to read about, reassuring me that babies need to be in arms, etc. But around 7 months I guess I was ready to have some arms free quiet time instead of snoozing with my daughter in the rocking chair, so I got her a twin sized mattress to put directly on the floor. Not an unreasonable expense, I figured; we'd be buying one someday anyway. I began lying down with her to nurse her to sleep for naps and her bedtime. I would read or listen to books on tape because sometimes she nursed up to a half hour before I could slip quietly away without her waking up.<br><br>
If my son falls asleep in my arms I can usually just lie down on the bed, roll him off me, and he'll stay asleep. It surprised me the first few times because my daughters would both wake up and need to be nursed back to sleep again.
 

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My DS can only fall asleep nursing in a side-lying position. He won't stay asleep when I get up, unless I've managed to remember to swaddle him in this one particular blanket first. Then he might give me ten minutes of sleep.<br><br>
My DD1 only slept in the sling for her first six months, or on my belly. Then I only had her, so I could do that. With a toddler and twins, there's no way. I can't imagine how you'd do it.
 

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dd is asleep in my arms now...<br><br>
for those who's dc used to only nap in arms/sling, but now nap on their own, how did you know they were ready? what signs are there? i don't feel any need to rush her (she's my first and only 4 months old), but at 20+ lbs, my arms/back would appreciate knowing when she'll be willing.
 

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From birth, I always laid my babies down on their tummies in different places to nap - my bed, a mat on the floor, the couch, my arms, on me on the couch, in the recliner, wherever - that way they didn't "have" to be in one certain spot to nap. We never had problems traveling, or when I wasn't home with them.
 

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Wow it's a straight split 3-ways on the poll! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My DD will pretty much sleep wherever. There are times when she will sleep longer in her sling, but she sleeps pretty well in her crib for naps.<br><br>
She has also slept in her bassinet when she was littler, on the couch or in the pack n play, etc. She isn't discriminating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hey, I'd rather she sleep on me than have a cranky baby. Plus when she wakes up I get to see the cutie wake-up smiles!<br><br>
(ditto on wondering about when they get around to sleeping deep enough they can do it without you - I'd love to know too)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">From birth, I always laid my babies down on their tummies in different places to nap - my bed, a mat on the floor, the couch, my arms, on me on the couch, in the recliner, wherever - that way they didn't "have" to be in one certain spot to nap. We never had problems traveling, or when I wasn't home with them.</div>
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Yep, exact same here. Ds napped everywhere, on his tummy, from birth on. Now that he scoots around and is too big for his bassinet, we started putting him in his crib. I guess that happened around 3.5 months. And my ds really likes his crib. He usually smiles (I'm not kidding) when placed there, he finds his thumb, and off he goes to la la land. I am knocking wood b/c I don't want to jinx it! I like having his nap time to get other things done around here.
 

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DD only sleeps in her front carrier, and she doesn't fall asleep nursing or in any other way. All the sleep trainers would HATE me. But, she's still really little, and at night, she will fall asleep just laying next to me if I pretend to be asleep. I put her down when she's napping once a day just to practice and see if she's ready to stay asleep on her own, and so far she's not. We're happy though. It's only a problem when other people watch her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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DD1 would only nap in my arms until she was 2, and then she started napping fine by herself. DD2 is 6 months and is always held for naps, on the few times I have attempted to put her down she only napped for 5-10 minutes and then woke up. I'm mostly content holding, it can be a PIA with two DD's, always holding one for her nap, but that's the way it is and it won't last forever. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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DD was an in arms baby for the longest time. Then she stopped sleeping as well while being held and I needed to have some baby free time. So we've been working on it and now she takes most of her naps while not being held.
 

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naping, and playing, and pooping, and everything else. She has napped in the basssinett 3 times for more than 20min. but I have NEVER had more than an hour while its just me and her that she has not had to be held.
 

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I just tried occasionally, and eventually my babies stayed asleep when I left them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My baby won't sleep in arms or in a sling. Only in the bed (his bed, no others) or in his carseat if we're in the car for a good long time.<br><br>
I was just whining to dh today about how nice it would be if the baby would sleep while I held him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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