Posted in Newborns, Sleep

Any tricks to get my newborn to nap in her bassinet/ rock and play for more than 30 minutes? Her eyes pop open almost 30 mins on the dot just about every time! I try once or twice a day and then I have her in the carrier on me for her other naps bc I know she’ll sleep 1-2.5 hours on me. I dont want her to get overtired! Will she be able to fall back asleep on her own with age or is there something I should be doing?

  • Valerie
    Dec 05, 2017

    Gradually let her sleep on her own more even if it takes more naps a day than u want but you may slowly disconnect her from you with a blanket that was between you and her and lay her in bassinet so that she still feels the ur warmth but is sleeping on her own , the longer ull wait to do so the harder it will be to break her habit

  • Desiree Baird, Sleep Coach
    Dec 05, 2017

    Are you swaddling her?

  • Diane
    Dec 05, 2017

    Desiree- yes Im swaddling her!

  • Desiree Baird, Sleep Coach
    Dec 05, 2017

    Interesting. How old is she? Also, have you thought of baby wearing?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 05, 2017

    My baby was the same. It has to do with their sleep cycles and not yet being able to self soothe on their own back to sleep. When she’s on you she probably wakes up after 30 min or so but is comforted knowing you are there and falls back asleep. That’s how my son was too - In the sling or even sleeping on me he would stir after 30/40 and settle back down without really waking up for another hour or so. For us there was no fix unfortunately but he got better with age. I’ve read trying to put a lovey or small piece of cloth by her so she smells you can help. Or sleeping with her bassinet sheet before putting it on so it smells like you. Good luck!

  • Diane
    Dec 05, 2017

    Desiree- Shes 11 weeks but was born 3 weeks early so adjusted age is 8 weeks. Yes I wear her in the carrier! Thats the only spot she’ll sleep for up to 3 hours in! So i do that once a day so she gets a good nap in. But my back is hurting!

  • Desiree Baird, Sleep Coach
    Dec 05, 2017

    I would try to do this for one nap a day moving forward. Can you sit and relax or do you have other kids? At this age you aren’t creating any bad habits. Do what it takes to get her to sleep and also follow wake times by adjusted age. Hope this helps :)

  • Desiree Baird, Sleep Coach
    Dec 05, 2017

    Another idea. I did this with my last that is now 7 months old. I got a Fisher Price rock and play on offer up. He loved it. I hate a hate/love relationship with it because I was scared he would get dependent on it. I would do his first two naps in his crib which were short and the last one in the rock and play and he slept 2 hours and would have slept more if I wouldn’t have woke him up. It cradles the baby and makes them feel like they are being held. Just make sure if you use it that you check on him regularly and never use it for night sleep.

  • Diane
    Dec 05, 2017

    Anonymous- how old was your son when he started napping longer? My daughter sleeps at night in her bassinet for longer stretches which is why I know she can do it but I guess naps are a whole different animal!

  • Desiree Baird, Sleep Coach
    Dec 05, 2017

    My little one started out napping for his first nap of the day longer in October. He was born 5 weeks early and in May so that would have been 4 months corrected age. It was a process. He still does a nice morning nap. A short afternoon and a quick snooze around 430pm. I wake him up by 5 and he goes to bed 7/715pm. My little man is very sensitive to wake times and gets overtired quickly.

  • Desiree Baird, Sleep Coach
    Dec 05, 2017

    Oh and he began STTN end of September on his own (3 months corrected). I knew what to do tho since I have over 60+hours instruction in sleep ;)

  • Diane
    Dec 05, 2017

    Desiree- thank you for your suggestions, I truly appreciate your help. Thanks for saying Im not creating bad habits- thats what Im afraid of bc so many websites say you need to teach your baby to self soothe! I dont have any other children so Im ok with her in the carrier- youre right I should sit and relax when shes in it, that would help the back aching! I tried the rock and play and the same deal- 30mins only! I will keep trying though.

  • Diane
    Dec 05, 2017

    My daughter wont really fall asleep before 9pm right now so I nurse her and hold her starting at 8 then put her in her bassinet. She usually wakes 12:30/1:30 and then 4:30/5:30 then is up for the day between 7 and 8. I do notice her wake time during the day is an hour or so, sometimes 2 hours tops. I try to get her to nap 4-6 hrs a day. Its so hard to know if youre doing everything right!!

  • Stacie
    Dec 05, 2017

    My girl started sleeping in her bassinet when I stopped swaddling and she found her thumb...it took a few days but she just suddenly found it and that was it - she was about the same age as ur daughter

  • Desiree Baird, Sleep Coach
    Dec 05, 2017

    Just enjoy her in these early days. After 4 months then they are smart enough to start bad habits. But not right now. She needs love and comfort. :)