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My baby has been having difficulty with napping - what are some strategies for establishing a nap routine?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mom with a 4-month-old baby girl. Lately, I have been having difficulty getting her to take regular naps throughout the day. Her naps are very short and irregular, which is making it difficult for me to plan my day and get things done. I have tried a few things like playing soothing music and keeping the room dark, but nothing seems to work.

I was wondering if anyone had any strategies or tips on how I can establish a nap routine for my baby? What has worked for you? How often should I be putting her down for a nap? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance.

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Hi there,

As a working mom, I understand how difficult it can be to establish a consistent nap routine for your baby. What worked for me is setting a clear sleep schedule and being consistent with it, even on weekends.

When my daughter was around 6 months old, I started putting her down for naps at the same time every day. I would let her nap for as long as she needed and try to keep her awake time in between naps consistent as well. This helped to regulate her sleep schedule and ensured that she was getting enough rest throughout the day.

One thing that also helped us was incorporating some physical activity into her awake time. Whether it was playing with toys or doing some tummy time, keeping her active and engaged helped her to sleep better and longer during nap time.

Another strategy that has worked well for us is creating a peaceful nap environment. Making sure the room is quiet and dark, and having some white noise in the background, has helped to soothe her and promote better sleep.

Of course, there were times where my daughter would fight her naps, or her naps would be shorter than I had hoped. In those situations, I would try to remain calm and patient, knowing that some days are just harder than others.

Overall, I found that consistency and a peaceful nap environment were key in establishing a nap routine for my daughter, even with a busy work schedule.


Hello all,

As a mom of two, I've been through the struggle of establishing a nap routine with both of my children. With my first baby, I tried a few different strategies, but what has always worked for us is a combination of a consistent nap schedule, a pre-nap routine, and some patience.

Firstly, setting a consistent nap schedule has been key for us. When my kids were babies, they would nap every two hours during the day, at roughly the same times every day. This helped them get used to a routine, and made it easier for me to plan my day around their naps.

Secondly, having a pre-nap routine has been helpful for them to know that it's time to sleep. I found reading a book, singing a lullaby, or doing a quick massage helps to calm them down and get ready for sleep.

Lastly, I had to be patient and persistent. There were times where my babies would fight their naps, or their naps would be shorter than I had hoped. But I continued to stick to the routine and remained calm, knowing that with time, they would get used to the routine and take longer naps.

It's also important to be flexible and adjust the routine according to your baby's needs. Every baby is different, and what works for one might not work for another. So, don't be afraid to try different strategies until you find what works best for your baby.

Overall, establishing a nap routine takes some time and effort, but with persistence, patience, and a little creativity, it can be done! Good luck!


Hi everyone,

As a stay-at-home mom of a 9-month-old, getting regular naps out of him has become a bit of a challenge. I've found that implementing a flexible nap routine has worked best for us.

Flexibility in a nap schedule is really important because babies sometimes wake up from naps and just aren't ready to go down again. Sometimes they are just full of energy and other times they need that extra cuddle before they drift off. So, a flexible nap schedule allows you to adjust the times of naps depending on how your baby is feeling.

We usually try to have some kind of consistency in when we put our baby down for a nap, but the times vary day to day depending on how long he naps and how much awake time he needs between naps. This has allowed for us to establish a nap routine that caters to his unique needs.

Also, I’ve found that it's important to take note of any associations your baby may have when it comes to napping. For example, if your baby associates napping with always being rocked or held, then it might be difficult to put them down without those comforts. So, try to gradually break them of these associations by substituting with something else like a pacifier.

In summary, establishing a nap routine is different for every baby, but I found that a flexible nap routine, along with paying attention to associations or "triggers" when it comes to your baby's napping, can go a long way in promoting peaceful and regular naps.


Hello there,

I had a similar problem with my son when he was a baby. He would often take short naps and wake up cranky, making it tough for both of us. After consulting with my pediatrician, I tried a few things that worked well for us.

Firstly, I made sure to keep my baby's sleeping area free from any distractions, such as mobiles or toys. I also made sure that the room was cool and dark, using blackout curtains if necessary. This provided a comfortable sleeping environment, which helped my baby to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep longer.

Secondly, I implemented a consistent nap routine, just like with a bedtime routine. I started with a pre-nap routine that involved feeding, changing, and some playtime. This helped him settle down and get into nap mode. I found that a naptime routine with some calming activities, such as reading or singing, worked best for us.

Lastly, I paid attention to his sleep cues throughout the day. If he showed signs of being tired or irritable, I would adjust his nap schedule and put him down for a nap. Finding the right balance between awake time and nap time made a big difference for him, and he started taking longer naps during the day.

I hope that these strategies help you with your little one's nap routine. It's important to remember that every baby is different, so it may take some experimentation to find what works best for your baby. Just be consistent, stay patient, and trust your instincts. Good luck!


Hi there,

As a fellow parent, I can completely relate to the struggles of establishing a nap routine for my baby. What has worked for me is implementing a consistent nap schedule. I try to put my baby down for a nap at the same time each day, and shorten her awake time between naps.

For example, at 4 months old, my baby would typically stay awake for 1-1.5 hours before getting tired and needing a nap. I would then put her down for a nap, and let her sleep for as long as she needs (usually 1-2 hours). Rinse and repeat throughout the day.

I also found that my baby responds well to a consistent pre-nap routine, such as reading a book or singing a lullaby before putting her down for a nap. This helps her recognize that it's nap time and she should start to calm down.

Overall, establishing a nap routine takes some patience and trial-and-error, but with consistency and some creativity, it can be done! Good luck!


Hello everyone,

As a mom of two young children, I have found that establishing a nap routine can be challenging, especially when there are other family members around. One strategy that worked for us was communicating the importance of naps to everyone in our household, and sticking to a consistent schedule.

We made sure that everyone in the house understood how important naps were for our children's health and wellbeing. This meant that we had to respect nap times and avoid scheduling any activities during that time, including phone calls or visitors. We also made sure to communicate this to babysitters and grandparents who watched our children.

Another strategy that worked well for us was staying consistent with our nap schedule as much as possible. This meant avoiding any major changes to the schedule, even on weekends or when we were traveling. Sticking to a consistent schedule made it easier for our children to adjust and get into a good sleeping routine.

Lastly, we found that having a gentle wind-down routine before naps helped to signal to our children that it was time to rest. We would read books, sing songs, and do some quiet playtime to help them relax and get ready for sleep.

Establishing a nap routine can be challenging but staying consistent, communicating its importance to your family and maintaining a wind-down routine can be really effective.


Hello everyone,

When my son was a baby, he was a terrible napper. He would only sleep for short periods of time and would wake up frequently, leaving me exhausted and frustrated. After trying several different strategies, I discovered the magic of the "wake to sleep" method.

The "wake to sleep" method involves gently waking your baby just before they would normally wake up. With my son, I found that he would wake up almost every time he transitioned from one sleep cycle to another. So, I would gently rouse him just before I expected him to wake up, using a gentle touch or a soft sound.

The idea behind this method is to prevent your baby from fully waking up, and encourage them to transition to the next sleep cycle. By doing this, you can help your baby sleep through the transition period and stay asleep longer.

Of course, every baby is different, and what works for one might not work for another. I found that this method was really effective for my son, and he started taking longer naps during the day, which made a big difference for both of us.

In addition to this method, implementing a consistent nap routine, keeping a calm and soothing environment for sleep, and paying attention to your baby's sleep cues are all important strategies for establishing a nap routine.

I hope that this tip and the other strategies mentioned here are helpful in establishing a nap routine for your baby. Remember, it takes time and patience, but it will be worth it in the long run. Good luck!


Hi everyone,

When my daughter was a baby, I faced a lot of trouble in getting her to take regular naps. I tried everything from setting a consistent nap schedule to implementing a pre-nap routine, but nothing seemed to work. I finally realized that my daughter was not comfortable sleeping in her crib during the day and preferred napping in her stroller or swing.

So, instead of forcing her to take naps in her crib, I started putting her down for naps in her stroller or swing during the day. I also found that white noise helped her fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

After a while, I started gradually transitioning her to napping in her crib during the day. First, I would put her down for naps in her crib for a few minutes and gradually increase the time. I would also make sure the room was dark and quiet, and use a white noise machine to help her fall asleep.

It may take some trial-and-error to figure out what works best for your baby, so don't be afraid to try different things. Just remember to be patient and consistent with whatever routine you choose. Good luck!

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