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My baby (5 mos) usually just takes cat naps...about 3-4 a day depending on when she wakes in the morning. If she gets up with me at 5, she will take a nap about 6:30 or 7, then we have the ~8:30, the ~11:30 and the ~3:30 but it is a rare day when her naps are more than 30 minutes. She is a fantastic and happy baby so for that reason I am relatively ok to go with the flow but it always seems I just barely start to get something done (even if it is eat a meal) and she is up again. Every now and then I can sneak in when she starts to stir and give her binky back and she will drift off for 15 minutes more, but usually she is alert and fully awake when she sees me. I know eventually she will probably start to transition to 2 longer naps but is there anything I can do to encourage it?? Or if not...any ideas when this transition usually occurs??<br><br>
She sleeps swaddled in her bassinet for naps with white noise on in the room. She doesn't sleep any longer in my arms or in the sling. FWIW, she sleeps rather well at night, starting out in the bassinet but co-sleeps with us from the time she needs to feed after we are already in bed (~11:30/12:00 ish)til morning. I have noticed that she is nursing less at night as I think she is only nursing twice (one side a session) instead of the 4 or so times she was nursing.
 

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My 4 month old is the same. Every 1.5-2 hours he goes down for a nap and never, ever, ever sleeps more than 25 minutes. Sleeps great at night but lousy during the day, but he's a happy baby mostly so I'm content to go with it for now.
 

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My guy is *starting* to change this habit...his day naps are getting a little longer now, sometimes even up to 1.5 or 2 hours, usually if we've done some activity during what might have previously been a nap period. Then he'll combine two into one.<br><br>
Buuuuuut, he's waking up 4-5 times at night still (sometimes more if somethings bothering him). So I'm not sure which I'd rather have! He's almost 7 months now and the lengthening started about a month back, I'd say.<br><br>
Of course, each baby is different! And fun!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I've heard that some babies increase their nap length when they sleep on their belly. If you feel comfortable with tummy sleeping, you could give that a try...
 

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There's nothing wrong with a catnapper <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I've got one on my hands too, and I know your frustration. I jump with joy when she sleeps an hour a nap (oh how I miss that early infant stage...). Anyway, you said that she's a fairly good night-sleeper, so I really see no problem (with the exception of a tired mommy). Unfortunately, my advice isn't amazing, but when you hear her stirring or sense she's about to wake up, I'd slip her a soother, or rub her back gently, shush her and see if she goes back down. I have no idea otherwise! Good luck!
 

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you might want to try no cry sleep solution. she's got a section on naps and extending nap time. check it out at the library.<br><br>
basically, what i got from it was, at 30 minutes, baby wakes and doesn't know how to get back to sleep like adults do. you can teach your baby how to just go back to sleep. we're in the process. it takes a while, but it was enlightening to know that she wasn't waking because her nap was over.
 

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DD used to nap that way until we implemented the 2-3-4 sleep pattern around that age. She started sleeping better at night when she started napping better during the day.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DD used to nap that way until we implemented the 2-3-4 sleep pattern around that age. She started sleeping better at night when she started napping better during the day.</div>
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nak<br><br>
what is the 2-3-4 sleep pattern?
 

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My son naps for 10 minutes if he's on his own, 30 minutes if he's on me. By the time I think to put him down most times, he's already about to wake up. Or when I do get him down, he is wakes up ready to play again.<br><br>
My husband said he knows other moms that get stuff done during the day, but I can't. I told him those women have babies that nap, ours just 'rests his eyes'. BTW, I work from home while all this non-sleeping is going on, so I try not to feel too guilty about the housework.
 

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dd was the same way for the first 6 months. I think its because she wanted to be held instead of set down. I didn't know about slings then. Later on she did start to sleep longer than 20 minutes.<br><br>
I do empathize! Thank goodness she was my first so I didn't have to take care of anyone else.
 

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what is the 2-3-4 sleep pattern?</div>
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First nap two hours after the baby wakes up for the day. Second nap three hours after the baby wakes up from first nap, and then bedtime four hours after waking up from the second nap.<br><br>
It may not work for some, but it sure worked for us. DD started sleeping better during the day (longer naps, about 1-1.5 hours) and therefor, she started sleeping better at night.
 

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Try putting the baby in a carrier, like a mei tai, on your back instead of your front. I find this works he best for longer naps, and is a great opportunity to get housework done.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">First nap two hours after the baby wakes up for the day. Second nap three hours after the baby wakes up from first nap, and then bedtime four hours after waking up from the second nap.<br><br>
It may not work for some, but it sure worked for us. DD started sleeping better during the day (longer naps, about 1-1.5 hours) and therefor, she started sleeping better at night.</div>
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Wow, I don't think that would work here. If I don't get DS down no more than 2 hours after his last nap, he's absolutely inconsolable and screaming for at least an hour. Yesterday he actually did take a 3 hour nap in the afternoon, but then had to go back down 2 hours after waking because he was starting to get REALLY fussy.<br><br>
So how do you get on the 2-3-4 schedule? Do you go 2 1/4 hours, for instance, and work your way up to 3, then do the same with 4? I guess I don't see it working for us but I'm willing to give it a try.
 
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