Thursday, July 1, 2010


I had my first breakdown as a mommy today.

Emma has become a terror at naptime. She used to be a champion napper - went down with no problems and slept about 1.5 hours several times a day.

Well, that has dramatically changed this week. She has started WAILING at naptime, fighting going down and then fighting the whole time that she is down. Sometimes she is able to cry herself to sleep but not always. And I'm talking maybe 45 minutes later she's cried herself to sleep.

I go in and rock her and try to get her calmed down. The moment I put her back down, it all starts again.

I am beyond frustrated and finally just had to put her down in her crib while wailing because I could feel myself bubbling over.

I catch her "sleepy" signs and put her down right away. I don't allow more than 1.5 hours of wakefulness. I'm still swaddling her but today I tried the sleepsack. I gave her a little Tylenol before this nap just in case there is something going on that I can't see. I tried to put her down on her tummy and she just raised up like it was tummy time.

I just don't know what else to do.


  1. I'm sorry for your frustration. :( A crying baby is so mentally draining. This is from my experience with nieces and babysitting. I hope she gets over this quickly. I just can't imagine what it would be, but like I said. . . I hope this is a very short phase. :)

  2. Maybe she is giving up so many naps...or keep her awake for more than 1.5 hours...let her decided when it's time to nap.

  3. awww, i'm sorry :( keep in mind it is probably just temporary, louise's sleep patterns have changed several times already.

  4. I have a hard time following a nap schedule. The only way I can get my little dude to nap is in my lap or in the car seat after a drive. Sorry I have no good advice. Just find what works and go with it.

  5. Is there any chance she has an ear infection? I learned the hard way that when you lay a baby down there ears hurt worse and they will scream...

  6. Wish I had some ideas for you. Kara is nearly always up for 2h before going for a nap, and occasionally doesn't nap at all between feeds. Maybe she's not quite ready for sleep yet when you put her down?
    Sorry you're going through this!

  7. i agree with checking for an ear infection.