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#1 Shell618

Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:25 AM

My little girl is 5 weeks old and doesn't sleep much during the day and when she does it's on me. I can't seem to get her to sleep in her bassinet much in the day anymore. She sleeps well at night which is great but my day is spent entertaining her or letting her sleep on me. Any advice or tips to help her sleep alone in her bassinet during the day?

#2 Fright bat

Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:52 AM

Napping on their own is a developmental thing and often takes until 4.5-5 months (even among babies that sleep well on their own at night). The notion that babies nap in their cot or cradle at a young age is a total con - most babies simply don't do it, most babies will only sleep one sleep cycle (20-45 minutes) even if held (aka catnapping) and most babies will improve simply with time. You also can't 'spoil' a baby this age - they simply can't learn good (or bad!) habits around sleep - this has been proven by doing brain wave studies on young infants.

So. Get a sling, or get a voluminous collection of movies. Enjoy the baby cuddles. It wont be long before she starts fighting being held for naps, and one day you will pop her in the cot and she will sleep for two hours.

#3 Shell618

Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:59 AM

Ok, thanks so much. Good to know-I was getting worried she would start learning this behaviour and need me to sleep. I'll just keep cuddling her then! :)

#4 Fright bat

Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:05 PM

View PostShell618, on 03 February 2017 - 11:59 AM, said:

Ok, thanks so much. Good to know-I was getting worried she would start learning this behaviour and need me to sleep. I'll just keep cuddling her then! Posted Image

You can't teach a baby good, or bad sleep habits until they are 6 months old. Until then do what it takes to keep everyone sane and get everyone enough sleep. If where you end up is unsustainable, then you can sort it out at the 6-7 month mark. Good luck!

#5 Shell618

Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:12 PM

Thanks, i appreciate the advice :)

#6 MadnessCraves

Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:34 PM

Fright bat is very much right. :) I just had to enjoy those cuddles!

#7 Nastyflea

Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:16 PM

Try a baby sling or carrier and that way you can move around the house a bit, or sit at  the computer or bench and have both hands somewhat free.

#8 afterlaughter

Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:48 PM

I found keeping the awake time super short helped (like less than 60mins total including feed) helped otherwise my daughter was over tired. Some of these naps happened in my arms, some in car, some in pram and some in cot. Longest nap would often be in the morning to after only 45mins awake. So if I was going somewhere I was feed, change nappy play for 2-3 mins and bundle into car and she would sleep. Same for pram. At home I had a bassinet on wheels so I could gently rock while my daughter drifted off to sleep looking at me.

#9 Mose

Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:00 PM

My son sorted out napping around 7 months, probably in spite of, not because of, my efforts.

With DD I am just trying to enjoy. She has a good long nap in her bassinet on average once every 3 days.

A few things I do
- plan car trips around when she might want to fall asleep anyway - sometimes she will sleep on in the capsule afterward
- cuddle in rocking chair for 45 minutes then put down - more often than not she will wake up in the following 20 minutes, but at least I get to go to the bathroom or eat something, and sometimes she will snooze on for hours
- ignore all books and advice on how your baby "should" nap. She hasn't read the books, and they just make me feel bad. In particular the "no cry nap solution" actually delivers no naps and lots of crying by me about how I must be doing something wrong.

Ultimately, roll with anything you can live with over the next few months. And maybe remind me I said that as well...

#10 Tayto2

Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:54 PM

Mose I could have written that myself!! Especially the inconsistency with long naps for dd2, mostly it's 20-40 min catnaps but every second or third afternoon she'll sleep for hours (She's 8 weeks)

OP do you have a bouncer or swing or similar that she will sit in either awake or asleep? I pop my dd2 in there a lot, often it doesn't last long but gives me five minutes to do dishwasher or whatever and sometimes she will nod off in there (I either move her to cot or watch her like a hawk if she does as I know it's not SIDS safe to nap that way)

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