View Full Version : won't nap...crying it out not working!
03-27-2008, 04:24 PM
My 9 month old son has recently decided that he only wants to nap if my husband and I are holding him. I admit, we caused him to be like this, rocking him to sleep and then putting in crib. Now every time we transfer him to the crib he wakes up. The doctor advised letting him cry it out. We've been doing this for the past 3 days and after 2 straight hours of crying non-stop we give in. We did the whole crying-it-out when he was 6-7 months at night and it worked like a charm! By night 3 he was going to sleep by himself. It was fantastic. He currently sleeps about 11 hours every night no problem. Any advice on the situation?
03-27-2008, 09:29 PM
My son did the same thing and I found it's cause he's really not all that tired! He's 10 months old sleeps 12 hours at night and takes maybe a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day!Do you have any crib toys? I showed my son how to play with the toys around his bed so when I put him in his crib awake he usually plays around for 15 min or so then falls asleep.I remember getting so stressed out over the fact that he wasn't napping until I spoke to my pediatrician about it and she said that babies should get 14-16 hours a day(all children are diff)So If you think about it 12 hours only really leaves 2-4 hours for naps,so only having one nap is reasonable.I hope it helps!
03-28-2008, 10:25 AM
my girls did that also but then we found out they were teething. I think they just wanted the extra comfort because they were in pain.
03-28-2008, 12:08 PM
Yeah, my daughter would make that change to night owl whenever she was teething or an ear infection was coming on. Her waking up and not willing to sleep alone even when we let her cry it out was usually the only way I knew she had an ear infection or a new set of teeth as she never showed any other symptoms; no fevers, no nubs before teeth breaking through, and no pulling on ears. When she had her fits at night, I knew to take her for a check up. Then, if the dr. said she was fine I would know it was okay to play hard ball.
We put a mirror in her crib and that made a good difference. It would not only distract her from me leaving her in the crib, but also became a toy should would play with when she woke up in the morning so mommy could get 5 more minutes of sleep. :)
2 hours, that baby of yours has some tenacity!! A friend of mine has a son that never ever gave in, and even at 2.5 years old he still sleeps in bed with them. They have tried many times to get him into his own room (at this point the crib is out of the question) in his own bed, but he would scream for hours even though you could tell he was exhausted. So, every baby is different and what works for some may not work for all. I wish you guys luck!! You've been successful in the past from what you said, so I'm sure you will come out on top in this one too!!
03-28-2008, 12:14 PM
Since I do know there is a molar coming through (blood blister inside mouth) do you guys think I should wait to try to sleep train him for his naps? I just want what's best for him, and the older he gets the harder it will be I'm sure!
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