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Should I nap train at 3 months?

  1. BabyTsMom

    clementine / 856 posts

    @Leah: what was it about your first training attempt at 4.5mo that you feel failed? Did he just cry too much? What method did you try? I'm thinking I was gonna wait till 4.5mo, instead of 3, so I'm curious.... Thanks!

  2. Orchid

    clementine / 927 posts

    @BabyTsMom: yep! I have to keep it a secret from my husband's family or they'll think I'm bonkers. First nap is typically 1.5 hrs or less, second nap is around an hour and 3rd nap is less than an hour. Sometimes there's a really brief 4th nap. Needless to say, the house is a mess and my husban is short on clean underwear!

  3. Orchid

    clementine / 927 posts

    @BabyTsMom: way too much crying! He reached my maximum crying threshold three times before falling asleep the first day. When he finally fell asleep, it was more like he crashed rather than he figured out how to fall asleep. I made it through half of the second day. After reading all the nap training blog posts on hellobee I decided that amount of crying was abnormal. I knew from the beginning that timed checks wouldn't work with my determined chap so I was doing the extinction method.

  4. meredithNYC

    pomegranate / 3314 posts

    haha - no worries!

  5. BabyTsMom

    clementine / 856 posts

    @Leah: aw...I feel like this is what my experience is going to be like! What was your maximum limit for crying? But for me I think it doesn't matter what age he is. The reaction will be the same... It's just a matter of me being ok with it at what age, I guess.

  6. tysonja

    nectarine / 2217 posts

    didn't have time to read all the replies, but we nap/night trained around 3 months for both our boys.

    we did a type of cio -- basically, swaddle, soother, and if they kept crying and spitting out the soother I would replace the soother 2-3 times, maybe stroke his nose/forehead a few times and leave. I think it took a week or two, but they both caught on soon after that and we've never had any trouble with sleep after that. for us, the swaddle was super important, they cried a million times less with the swaddle. anyway, that's what worked for us!

  7. Orchid

    clementine / 927 posts

    @BabyTsMom: 30 minutes. One time I did let him cry for 45 minutes because it was looking like he might go off to sleep (he didn't). It may indeed the same way at 6 months, but I am praying it isn't. I'm believing this article right now and holding on to hope. I think I will revisit sleep training (MOTN) and nap training at the same time just in case there was some confusion in baby's mind.


  8. BabyTsMom

    clementine / 856 posts

    @tysonja: wow I wish my experience will be as smooth! Thanks for sharing!
    @Leah: let me know how it goes! I'm aiming for 4-4.5 months still if I can hold out that long. Eek. Lol about keeping it a secret from your in-laws!!

  9. Orchid

    clementine / 927 posts

    @BabyTsMom: Hey! How's it going?? Any changes in the sleep patterns?

  10. BabyTsMom

    clementine / 856 posts

    @Leah: hi- things are the same, if not maybe worse! But actually after reading how you hold your LO for all naps, I kinda accepted it too and have been doing that A LOT. Trying to enjoy it while it lasts, I guess. I keep changing my mind as to when I should train him, because everyone has an opinion and I don't quite know what my own opinion is yet about it. Haha. how are you guys doing? Any improvement for you?


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