We are trying to transition my 7-mo old from sleeping in the rock and play to sleeping in the crib. We've been trying all week for naps (he cries the full hour Weissbluth says to allow, but has twice fallen asleep, once at 55 minutes and once at 62 (whoops). We decided yesterday to totally take away the RNP and try at night... After 2 hours of crying he passed out and slept pretty well until 8 am.
I'm just really struggling with the napping issue... If I limit it to 60 minutes of crying, he doesn't fall asleep, which just means he gets more and more delirious as the day goes on. (Weissbluth says if he cries the whole nap to keep him up until his next nap time... But that has always been determined by when he woke up from his last nap, so I've just been letting him play until he starts to get really fussy, and then try for another nap.).
I know this is a limited time period of training, and it will hopefully go faster now that we got rid of the RNP entirely, but it's just really hard. Does anyone have any advice for sleep training? Would you just keep going for a few more days and reassess? Let him go for as long as it takes for naps?
He's outgrowing the RNP and it just isn't an option anymore. Sigh...
hostess / eggplant / 11068 posts
We nap-trained and we kept at it, even though it was very hard. If LO cried for the full hour, instead of waiting until the next nap time, I tried again one hour later and it helped. I encourage you! It will get better!
GOLD / wonderful grape / 20289 posts
I feel for you. LO is 8 months next week and still naps in her swing.... which she's getting too big for. Not looking forward to naps in the crib!
admin / watermelon / 14210 posts
like rubies said, try again in one hour. nap training took us a long time for charlie not to cry at all. it was sooooooo hard when we were going through it, but sooooooooooooooooo worth it i can not tell you. pre nap training he was so exhausted he could barely play. post nap training we plopped him in his crib awake and he'd sleep 2-3 hours.
with charlie, i limited the crying to 30 min at first, and then 20 min. i was too weak. if he didn't nap, i often took him out in a stroller. but it still worked eventually!
cantaloupe / 6687 posts
I wrote a long response here and ElisaT said it also worked for her baby
cantaloupe / 6687 posts
Can't post the hyperlink but copy and paste
Also I used the rock and play for 5-6 weeks (i think) and then stopped bc I was scared the transition was going to be tough. Hang in there
olive / 55 posts
We tried to put him down earlier for his first nap today, like Sandy said -- he DID nap for about 20 minutes just now (we're giving him another 10 minutes to try to find sleep again before we go pick him up). We also switched his background noise from the lullaby list he had been listening to for daytime naps to ultrasound white noise. (We use ocean music at night, and I always wanted to distinguish between nap noise and night noise.) He slept for about 11.5 hours in the crib last night, so that is still going well.
I hope we've turned a corner, but I guess we'll see...