I have always had trouble getting Hailey to take a nap. When she was a newborn she would fall asleep anywhere. But now in order for her to take a nap she will only do it in her swing. I didnt like this idea beacuse I was afraid that she would get used to it when she gets older. But the doctor told me she would grow out of it. Now she wont take a full nap, sometimes she will wake up only halfway through her nap, and she is still tired and rubbing her eyes. Why is she doing this if she is still tired? Something is making her wake up. She is 4 and a half months and she goes to bed around 11 or 11:30 and wakes up at 630 or 7. Should I try putting her to bed earlier and see if she will sleep later? Maybe cut down on her naps. What do all your children do? Thanks in advance
In my opinion, 11 or 11:30pm is way too late for a baby to go to sleep. I know some kids to do it and it's no trouble, but if you're asking for my opinion, a baby should be in bed before 8pm, or at LEAST before 9pm. She should still be sleeping until the same time .. 6:30 or 7am.
The next issue .. naps. Do NOT cut down on naps. It's counterintuitive, but babies who are better rested sleep better. If they're overtired, they get so agitated that they don't sleep well. Try to make sure you know her sleep cues, and get her in her crib as soon as possible after you're sure she's ready. At 4 months, if she wakes up and you don't think she's truly done napping, then let her cry for a few minutes (maybe five) before you go get her. She might just go back to sleep.
Good luck. Now, if someone could help us break our bad sleep habits, I'd be happy