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  1. anna says:

    My son is just over 3 months old and has most of the signs of teething. Just recently he has been falling asleep on my breast for day feeds. Is this normal/ok, or should I be waking him so he’s not undertired? I’m assuming this is comfort for him if he is in fact teething.

    • Janelle Reid says:

      @Anna, thank you for writing to us. I am sorry your son has been teething, it can be such a challenge when that starts! Here is a link to an article we wrote about sleeping and teething: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/teething-sleep/
      Your son is still pretty young so you probably haven’t done any kind of formal sleep training just yet, and may not be on a set schedule, but here is a link to another article about 3 month old sleep: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/3-month-old-baby-sleep-and-feeding-schedule/
      At this age he is still going to be sleeping quite a bit, so no worries if he is napping a lot if he is still eating as much as he should. There are lots of developmental milestones that happens as well that could be contributing to his sleepiness. Once he hits around the 4-6 month marker, he will begin to develop the skills to put himself to sleep, but it is possible he will have a crutch to falling asleep while nursing. This is normal and does not mean you necessarily need to change anything now, but I did want to mention it so if it becomes a problem and something he needs in order to sleep for you to be aware he is old enough to teach to sleep on his own if you would like. Here is an article on that: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/sleep-association/
      Thank you for using the Baby Sleep Site as a resource for sleep! I hope he finds some relief soon!

  2. lenka says:

    When my son had trouble napping, I also heard about making the room dark, which I did and it works -now he naps 2-3 hours every day (he is 2). However we have a problem now, how do we wean him from it? It is not a problem at home, but if we go anywhere (trips, grandparents), his naps are really poor if there is light and he also wakes up too early in the morning. How can we teach him not to depend on darkness so much? I know there are travel blackout blinds, but they are not an option right now and anyways they are limited from what I have seen. So trips are always difficult and we often come home with overtired and cranky toddler. Thanks for any ideas!

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ lenka – what about Snoozeshade? Have you heard of these? They make portable black-out products – covers for strollers, car-seats, etc. That might be an option… You might also try and make sure, on days when he doesn’t nap well due to not being in a dark room, you offer early bedtime. I’d also suggest that you aim for about 4 “dark” naps a week – that still gives you flex time to go and run errands and have fun, but he probably does need the majority of his naps at home, in the dark.

      Hope that helps, lenka – thanks for commenting!

  3. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Melissa — thanks so, so much for these kind words! I’ve shared them with the rest of our Baby Sleep Site team. 🙂 Always good to know that the resources we offer to parents are solving problems and improving sleep!

  4. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ ashlee – this could be linked to the sleep regression that happens around 8/9/10 months (you can read more about it here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-patterns/8-9-10-month-old-baby-sleep-regression/) You’re right in assuming that one 30 minute nap isn’t enough for a 10 month old.

    In terms of how to help get her back on track, nap-wise: have you downloaded our free napping guide yet? You can access it here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/free-baby-nap-guide/.

    As for her night waking: we have a free guide for that, as well! Check it out here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-through-night-free-ebook/

    Hope these resources help, ashlee!

  5. Melissa says:

    I purchased mastering naps and schedules a few weeks ago and it has been so much help. I never thought my 17 month old would become so good and now even asks to go night nights! She was a catnapper and I could only get her to nap half hour at a time. Now she’s taking a little over an hour naps. She still could use abit longer but what an improvement we’ve had! I can’t thank you guys enough for this book 🙂

  6. ashlee says:

    Hi. My little one will be 10 months old august 17th and just within the last week she stopped taking 2 naps a day that were about an hour to an hour and a half long but now she will only take a 30 minute nap so i have been making sure she gets 3 naps during the day. Any advice on this nap change she has made? I need some help because she needs to be napping longer! Plus she still wakes up at least twice at night.

  7. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Robin — thanks for sharing this tip! Always helpful, when moms share what’s worked for them. Thanks! 🙂

    @ Brenda — We have a post on just this topic, actually! You can check it out here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-naps-2/why-baby-and-naps-different-than-night-sleep/ Also, bear in mind that it’s pretty unusual for a 3 month old baby to sleep 9-10 hours without a feeding. So if you find that she’s nursing a lot during the day, consider it normal; she needs to store up on food in order to sleep such a long stretch at night.

    Finally, keep in mind that most babies don’t develop consistent napping schedules until they’re closer to 6 months old. So erratic napping at this age isn’t unusual.

    If you want to work towards more predictable and consistent naps, you could check out our free napping guide, available here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/free-baby-nap-guide/

    Hope this helps, Brenda! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  8. Brenda says:

    I have a 3 month old who sleeps 9 or 10 hours straight, in her bassinette, through the night but is really difficult to get to sleep in the day. If I can get her to nap she sleeps for upwards of 4 hours but it is a daily struggle. Some days she barely naps at all. I have a 2 year old as well which complicates things. Any tips? We have tried rocking her, nursing her, a swing, her bassinette, stroller and even the car but there doesn’t seem to be any way to guarantee she will sleep in the day. She also won’t take a pacifier. I don’t understand how she sleeps so well at night but is so difficult to nap in the day. Also she sleeps well at night every night…it doesn’t matter if she has had a nap or not.

  9. Robin says:

    With one of my twins, I have found that sometimes when she is transitioning to staying up a bit longer, she will still exhibit sleep signs, but will start waking up after only 40-45 of a nap. I actually had to push her to stay up a bit longer, beyond yawing and eye rubbing, to get her to nap longer. Something to watch out for!

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