As your baby grows, and as his brain and body develop, his short naps should begin to consolidate into several longer naps. It may seem like you spend an eternity trying to help your baby fall asleep at nap time, only to have her wake 20 minutes after you lay her down. Remember, during the newborn stage, babies need to eat every 2-3 hours, so it is understandable that newborns take lots of mini-naps throughout the day.Will has never been a great sleeper, right from day one.From about 2 months old we used to drape a cloth over our shoulders to put him to sleep because if this kid could see anything – those little eyes just wouldn’t shut!Ideally, you'll also avoid any extreme crying at a later date from sleep training. I get that some people don't like to enforce any sort of structure into a newborn because they either don't feel like it, or they don't agree with it. You don't want to do something as much as I DO want to do something during this time!And I know some of you will take some of my advice but not all of it and that is totally fine too.
I’ve been driving myself (and probably my poor husband though he’s too sweet to mention it) crazy with trying to get my sweet daughter to sleep longer then 45 minutes max during the day.When your baby won’t nap it’s most frustrating when she’s cranky because of the non-napping, it takes 45 minutes to get a 30 minute nap, or when she refuses to sleep through the night because she’s so overtired come bedtime that she wakes up often at night, unable to settle.Though there are a few babies who appear to do fine without enough napping, naps are a key component of good night sleep, your baby’s development, happy babies, and happy parents.And those naps should gradually organize themselves into a semi-predictable daytime schedule.Over time, your baby will continue to drop naps, and the naps themselves will gradually become longer.