My baby sleeps really well at night. He's 3 months old and has been sleeping in his own crib since month 1.

However, his daytime naps are short and not a deep / REM sleep. Because of this I find when I put him in his crib during the day, he wakes up nearly right away.

I usually nap him 4-5 times a day downstairs, either on me or in his swing, etc. If I continue this, will it be hard for me to introduce his crib as a place to nap during the day when he's a bit older?

asked 17 Nov '09, 14:54

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edited 18 Nov '09, 02:47

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I would put him in his crib as soon as possible so he can get used to it. It might take a little while to transition him and probably won't be easy. But this way he gets used to having to take naps in his crib sooner. The longer you let him sleep other places, the tougher it will be!


answered 17 Nov '09, 23:43

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Our 5 month old also sleeps really well overnight, but almost never slept during the day unless she was in my arms, in the car, or covered with muslin in her pram in a noisy cafe or out shopping.

When she was younger I used to try and nap her in her bassinette in the living room with the telly on and I'd carry on as normal around her. As she got older, she became more aware of her surroundings and wouldn't nap during the day when we were home, only when we were out and about.

Recently, to try and help her sleep during the day when we are home, we've gone back to basics and started swaddling her (from 6 weeks old we stopped swaddling her and she now sleeps in baby sleeping bags overnight - that's her cue for the "big" sleep) and putting her down to nap in her crib in a darkened room where it's quiet, and ta-da! - she now naps for 3-4 hours! Sometimes she sleeps for 5 hours and I wake her to feed.

We were also told by our ped that a baby her age should be up for a max of 2.5-3 hours and have a feed, play, sleep routine. We pretty much stick to that now and when we pick up on her sleepy cues, we jump on it straight away.


answered 18 Nov '09, 00:30

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My baby is 6 months old and is still working on taking naps in his own bed. For many months, he would only nap in the baby carrier, in his stroller, or in my arms. When we first were teaching him to sleep in his bed at night, I would lay down with him until he fell asleep and then move him to his own bed once he was in a deep sleep. Over the course of a few weeks, I started to shorten the time that I would lay down with him at bedtime. Now, we just lay down for a few minutes and then I move him to his own bed while he is still awake and he falls asleep on his own after a few minutes. I've started using the same strategy for naps during the day. He doesn't fall asleep on his own most days, but I think with time he will, just like he did with bedtime.


answered 18 Nov '09, 02:33

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To be honest they change the rules all the time - just as you think you've got the hang of some routine the baby will change it. So don't stress too much about this one. You're obviously aware of the level of sleep your baby is in - as he gets older he will probably start napping more deeply but for fewer naps and then you'll be able to put him in his crib.


answered 16 Dec '09, 20:58

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When he has learnt/learning to fall asleep on his own i would start putting him in his cot for sleeps.


answered 17 Nov '09, 17:06

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