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Do you want more sleep?   Yes! I need more sleep.
Do you want more sleep?   Yes! I need more sleep.

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  1. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Traci — if she seems tired, I’d definitely suggest letting her nap a bit longer. It can seem like a good idea to limit her sleep during the day (because logic would tell us that means she’ll sleep longer at night), but as many moms who visit this site could tell you, that often backfires! Keeping a baby awake during the day when she should be sleeping can make her overtired, and a baby who’s overtired may actually sleep worse at night.

    So I’d say yes, try extending the naps a bit and see if she starts to seem more rested. Let us know how it works out!

  2. Traci says

    Alright, I put her on the 7 month sleep schedule and she took to it pretty well, but now she is almost constantly rubbing her eyes all day, and she does okay on the schedule, but she just -seems- tired all day long. Should I add to her naps a little and give her a little extra rest every day? I was wondering if this would be too much sleep for her…
    7:00 Wake and 6 oz bottle
    8:15 Breakfast
    8:30 15 minute walk
    8:45 Nap til 10
    10:00 6 oz bottle
    12:00 Nap 45 min-1 hr
    12:45/1:00 6 oz bottle
    3:00 6 oz bottle
    3:30 Nap til 5
    5:00 Dinner
    6:15 bedtime routine starts
    7:00 Goal to be asleep

    Do you think that would give her too much sleep during the day? There have been some days in the past where I’ve just kind of let her sleep for all of her naps, and let her wake on her own (unless it’s getting ridiculously long since she’d last eaten), and she slept at least an hour at each nap, and one of the naps she slept 2 hours. I don’t want to give her too much sleep so she can’t handle the day, but she just seems to be so exhausted all day long, and grumpy to the point of being unreasonable (but not very often that bad). Any ideas?

  3. Traci says

    Thanks for all the help, guys. I really do appreciate it.
    @Lindsey, Gabriel seems to do better with playing with her toys if I am sitting with her and actively interacting and playing with her. She’ll sit with toys longer, and I can get an occasional 5-10 minute break if I slip away when she’s not looking. If she starts to fuss, I’ll pop around the corner a couple of times like I’m playing peek-a-boo and that usually helps. Also, to help with the longer naps, I have learned to do an actual routine right before naps as well. She gets a walk before two of her naps, and then we go out to the store for a bit right before another nap. I’ve noticed that it seems to tire her out more because she’s taking in so much new information at once that she’ll almost always sleep for her 1 hour naps, and then her 30-45 minute nap is a breeze too! You may try some of those. I hope that helps! Don’t know if we’re allowed to post these or not, but you can contact me at [email protected] if you want to continue discussing it. 😀 God Bless!

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Lindsey G — so sorry to hear you’re struggling! But glad you’ve found a friend here in Traci 🙂 Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like more information about how we can help you with your daughter’s sleep struggles.

  5. Lindsey G. says

    Traci, I feel exactly the same way about my daughter. She is tired of all her toys. She wants me to hold her, but then wants to play, and is getting fussy all the time. I got 45 minute naps a couple days and now we are down to 25 minutes each nap. Plus, she has gone from sleeping 12 hours a night to 11 or less. It is so frustrating and I have tried everything. Seems like we are in the same boat. My daughter is 10 days older than yours. She likes to pull up on her crib bumper and stand at the side of her crib. It can take an hour or more to get her to sleep sometimes.

  6. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Traci — Great!

  7. Traci says

    I do appreciate the help that I -can- get, though. So far, so good. I think Gabriel (my daughter) is just developing more quickly than most other babies. She has started -everything- early. So I think maybe she’s just getting bored with the same old toys all the time. We finally were able to get her a walker today, and she LOVES it. She was in it for less than five minutes and was already motoring across the kitchen floor while Ya-Ya (grandma) was cooking dinner. 😀 Hoping this new direction with her toys will help with the fussiness during the day, too.

  8. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Traci — Understandable! Then you can just stick to reading the free guides and articles and try to glean as much from those as you can 🙂

  9. Traci says

    In all honesty, we can’t afford any of that right now. My husband works part time, and only gets 19 hours a week at work, and I stay home with the baby. We make so little money, we’re living with his mother right now. Did the math the other day, and he brings home less than $7,500 a year. I would love to be able to do the emails or something sometime, but we just can’t afford any of that.

  10. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Traci — Have you considered a sleep consultation? I’m not trying to push our services on you or anything, but it sounds like you’ve done a lot on your own up to this point, but haven’t had total success. A sleep consultation might help to get your daughter napping/sleeping better. You can see all the services here:

    So sorry to hear you’re struggling, Traci!