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Looking for napping advice. I nurse my babe down a lot, and sometimes sling it or car...<br><br>
He is 7 months. Recently, I am having a really tough time nursing him to sleep, and if I do, he awakes about 25 minutes later, but isn't refreshed...<br><br>
Any napping advice would be good...I guess I'd like to hear what other attachment parents do. My pediatrician, very conservative, has said from the start to put the babe in the crib and let the babe learn by themself. Doesn't work for me, but I wonder if there is more I could be doing to assure good sleep breaks in the day.<br><br>
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i don't have any advice for you besides what you already do...but i feel for you. my son is 3 mo. and he is violently opposed to naps. good luck!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> We have been dealing with napping issues for over a month now. DD is 5 months and went from being an OK napper to an anything goes napper. Our ped, who is AP friendly, suggested having some quiet/relaxing time when it's time for a nap, and making it last an hour each time. The idea is that the baby will eventually get used to it and start to expect it. I have to admit I'm not very consistent with this. When DD only naps 20 minutes it's hard to stretch it out for another 40. You can also try getting him back to sleep, but I'm not sure how if he won't nurse to sleep. DD sometimes has to be rocked for half an hour or more, which is sometimes longer than the actual nap!<br><br>
I wish I had the solution for you. I know how hard it is. Hang in there and know that this will pass eventually.
 

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My baby does nap in a crib. I feel that it's safer for him, and I can get stuff done without worrying about him falling off the bed. That said, he didn't have to lay in there and cry.<br><br>
First, I got him used to the crib. My mom bought a crib mobile, which I completely poo-poo'ed as a baby toy. Until he loved it. So, I'd turn on the mobile, put him in the crib, and let him watch it for the 18 minutes that it plays. Then, I'd go get him. I put a stuffed dog and the same blanket in the crib every time, as well. I'd put him in the crib randomly for short times, like 2-3 minutes at a time. If he cried, out he came. I wanted him to get the idea that the crib was a good place to be.<br><br>
After he was used to the crib, I'd nurse him to sleep, then lay him down in the crib, still with his blanket and dog. When he woke, I'd go get him, even if it was only 20 minutes. Then, I started noticing that I didn't know when he woke up (unless I was very close by), cause he started playing with the dog after he woke up. In my mind--if he's happy enough to be in there, playing with his little dog, he can stay there for a few more minutes.<br><br>
Slowly, over time, it's gotten to where he will lay down awake and go to sleep. He's always happy to go down at nap time.<br><br>
We also have fairly consistent (but not crazy strict) naptimes. He gets up around 7, goes down for a nap around 8:30-10:00, then another nap around 1-3. This is a pretty recent change from a consistent 3 nap a day schedule, so somedays, if he's really tired, we'll throw a 3rd nap in there. On those days, it's more 8:00-9:30, 11:00-1:00, and then 3:30-4:30.
 

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Until about 9-10 months, my DD wouldn't nap more than 30 minutes without motion. So, if I wanted a longer nap, I had to wear her in a mei tai, sling, etc. She eventually grew out of it, but there wasn't anything else that worked until she got a bit older. Some people have success with swings too.<br><br>
Babies crave motion. It will pass though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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