Can’t get anything done around the house due to my child that does not sleep during the day.Is this normal or am /I not doing something right with her sleep?I have right putting her back to sleep every time she wakes up after 20-30 mins of sleep cycle but she tends to be full of beans and refuses to go back to sleep.Need help?

Posted by mom75388, 1st December 2014

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  • My youngest never understood the concept of a nap, so I just did the best I could with no break at all during the day. I wish I had her energy, haha!


  • Sorry no advise here, I am on the same boat as you. My 10 month old only sleep 20 min in the morning and 2 hours in the evening that’s it. I just let her play where I can see her so I get some work done while watching her.


  • nice story to have a read


  • I do hope she sleeps well during the night,,, it just sounds like she does not need much sleep during the day light hours you are lucky as she sounds a very contented child


  • Thankyou for all of your responses and I have taken a few comments on board to try and fingers crossed it works


  • Have you thought of trying chamomile to calm and relax bub? I give my son 20-40ml of chamomile tea once to twice a day and it helps him relax and settle himself to sleep. My son was highly irritable due to CMPA and very much out of routine because of pain. Chamomile helped him sleep during the day and eased the pain. Chamomile is very safe to use on babies, I’ve been giving my son chamomile since he was 2 months old.


  • My oldest didn’t sleep at all during the day at that age. He was fine. Just accept that your child just needs a cat nap, or doesn’t need a nap at all. Not every baby does. It doesn’t mean you are doing something wrong! Give her some toys, try a play pen if you need too, put her in it and get some things done. They are little for such a short amount of time. Don’t stress. Enjoy your baby, she will be 25 before you know it!


  • Yeah, my eldest was like this. We tried everything. Nothing worked. He grew out of it… When he was 5.


  • It sounds like your daughter can’t settle between sleep cycles. Think about what you need to do to get her to go to sleep, ie, feed, dummy, rocking or patting. Perhaps putting her down already asleep. These can all contribute to babies not being able to resettle themselves and they wake and then need the rock/pat/dummy or feed (or whatever else) to get back to sleep. Sometimes after a while your child just learns that they get up after one sleep cycle. I suggest getting some help from your child health nurse, or local sleep scool or sleep consultant. I’m positive with a bit of guidance and supports can encourage longer nap times. Good luck :)


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