Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
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  1. RyanAnn says

    My problem is actually the complete opposite! We are trying to go from cosleeping to crib with my 13 month old. Once she got older, she would only nap in my arms. As soon as I’d put her down she’d wake up within 10 minutes but if I held her, she’d sleep for 2 hours. We finally recently got her to nap in her crib. She does fantastic with it. I get her drowsy and put her in and she’s goes right to sleep and sleeps for an hour and a half to 2 hours. But at nighttime?? We do the same thing but she wakes up after about an hour and nothing we do will get her to go back to sleep in the crib. It’s so frustrating! Any idea what could be going on here?!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @RyanAnn – Thanks for writing, and I’m sorry to hear that night sleep has been so rough for you lately! Now that naps are going well, you can start working on her night sleep! She may just need more help learning how to fall asleep on her own at bedtime, and/or just for those night wakings. Here’s an article to read that might be helpful:
      If you would like help at any time, please check out our one on one consultation packages, where we will work with you on a detailed plan you can commit to and feel good about.
      You can check those out here:
      I hope things smooth out quickly RyanAnn! Good luck!

  2. Melina says

    I have a five month old that is a dream at night and difficult in the day! I’ve done everything from solid routine, awake times, sleep cues, sleepy environment and white noise but nothing is working! At night I can put him down awake and walk away and he takes a few minutes to fall asleep. He wakes at 5am everyday and even managed to put himself back to sleep then. I just don’t understand! Patting him to sleep works once and then resettling never works. I’m at the point where I’m just going to do whatever I need to and get him to sleep. Otherwise he doesn’t sleep in the day!

    • Danielle says

      Hi Melina,
      Thank you for your comment! I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble with nap sleep as compared to night sleep. You are definitely not alone! Naps can be tough at this age. You mention going by wake times and sleepy cues, but not exactly what method you’re using, so I’ll link you to our sample 5 month schedule just to give you an idea of what we often recommend:
      Make sure you’re getting feeds in appropriately, too, since many babies seem to shorten their naps during the day if they’re hungry.

      Many babies are also just not able to link their sleep cycles yet. If you suspect that’s the case, check out our article on the “wake to sleep” method, which many families use at this age successfully:

      I hope this helps, but if you need more help, please do send us a brief example of your schedule, the wake times you’re trying to [email protected]. We’d be happy to help further!

  3. Lola says

    I have a recently just turned 6 months old Who is refusing his third nap. I put him down 1.45/2hrs of awake time, as he starts showing signs of tiredness, I.e eyes rubbing, yawning and being a little fussy. I do the short routine of letting him know it’s nap time, by telling him (been doing this since he was 6 weeks old) close the curtains, cuddle and sing lullaby and pray. So o don’t know why he still won’t take that nap. Its been almost 3 weeks now that he hasn’t taken that nap, save for this Sunday, when he did take the nap. He plays in the crib and babbles for the hr slated for sleep. Once I go to him after the hour is up, he is still energetic, but by the time it’s an hour later, he starts fussing.

    By this time he has been awake for close to 4 hours,(last wake up time was 1pm) and bed time is round the corner. Bed time is 6pm

    Please what do I do, I know He isn’t ready for 2 naps yet, he is too young. Please help me. (I am from the member area).

    • Neosha says

      @Lola – Thank you for reading and for sharing! I’m sorry to hear that you’re having a frustrating time with scheduling your little guy’s naps – it can be exhausting! As a Member of our site, you have the unique luxury of being able to communicate directly with one of our sleep consultants about this and ask all of your questions directly. You can ask any question on any of our e-Books – here’s the link to ask your questions on our Mastering Naps and Schedules e-Book here: and a sleep consultant will be able to reply to answer more specifically than I am able. You can also log in to your account and live chat with one of our senior sleep consultants, too – you can find their chat times on the right-hand side of the screen when you log in – Hang in there, Lola – and good luck!

  4. Natalie says

    I have a 4mo who naps incredibly well without a fuss, but when it comes time for bedtime, it is such a battle. He just cries and wants to be held to sleep. For his naps, he sleeps in his own bassinet and is put down awake and is able to fall asleep on his own with a pacifier. For bedtime, we will do the exact same routine as a nap and he still cries. Is there something I’m doing wrong? I know he knows how to self soothe with a pacifier. Help!

    • Neosha says

      @Natalie – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing with us. Be assured that it is very common (and normal!) for baby nap sleep to be different than night sleep even if you do exactly the same routine for each! You may just want to keep working to tweak his bedtime routine and schedule to see if you can get a different result. If you continue to run into issues, please consider connecting with one of our sleep consultants who can get more specific information from you and walk you through a process to find better sleep at your home. You can read more about our lovely ladies here: Hang in there, Natalie!

  5. Meghan says

    My 3.5 month old sleeps well at night for the most part. He will go to sleep drowsy but awake and fall asleep on his own. However, he will NOT nap anywhere but on me. I have tried a million times. I’ve tried putting him down drowsy, asleep after 5 min, 15 min, 30-40 min. He immediately wakes up crying.

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Meghan – Thank you for writing to us! I am sorry you have been struggling with your son’s naps! That is a difficult age and I remember those days when both of my boys were little. It is pretty normal at this age but there are ways you can help during this time. We have a free guide about naps available for you to sign up to download that will be able to provide some tips to help:
      I hope this helps!

  6. JW says

    My 5 week old has been doing well with naps. We put him down when sleepy and most of the time he can fall asleep on his own. At night he will fall asleep, then wake minutes later screaming. The only way we sleep well is if he falls asleep nursing and stays with me. It is okay now that I am on leave, but when I go back to work it will be tough of it keeps going!

  7. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Tamara — our free nap guide may be helpful, as you try to figure out why your little guy is so nap resistant. You can access it here:

    You can also search for nap articles on our blog. Simply scroll up this page and look for the Google search field on the right. Type “nap” as your search term, and then you can browse all the nap-related articles on the site.

    Hope this helps, Tamara! If not, don’t hesitate to contact us for more info.

  8. Tamara says

    He’s has always been like that. I used to be able to put him down for a half of nap after he fell asleep then he would wake up 30 minutes later and I would have to hold for the rest of the nap. For the last month I can’t even put him down at all. 🙁 He did just get past his 18 month sleep regression that lasted about 2 weeks, but no such luck with naps. If I try to put him down, he wakes up and we end up making the nap process a lot longer than it should be.

  9. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Tamara — hmmm…has it always been like this? Or is this a sudden, new thing?

  10. Tamara says

    I have it dark, do a routine, and have a sound machine on and my 18 month old will only nap if I am in his room holding him. He puts himself to sleep no problem at night. If I put him in the crib for a nap he will cry for 3 hours and make himself poop and vomit. Any suggestions?