- Heather Wallace
FIVE REASONS WHY YOUR BABY TAKES SHORT NAPS
Updated: Feb 15
You hear a familiar noise coming through the monitor and check your watch. Yup. 37 minutes on the dot. Once again your baby is awake from a very short nap and crying for you to rescue her from baby jail. Why, oh WHY does your baby wake up early from every nap??? That’s a loaded question. Your baby could be taking short naps for many different reasons. Some have an easy fix, and yet others seem to require an advanced degree in data analysis. Since I’m sure you only have a few minutes to read this post before your baby inevitably wakes, let’s review 5 reasons why your baby might wake up early from a nap, and what you can do to fix the problem.
Reason #1: Your baby is hungry
As responsive parents, of course we always want to make sure that our baby’s physical needs are met. So it’s natural to think that when your baby calls you from her crib she’s ready to get up and eat, since it has been a full 2-3 hours since her last meal. It’s also very common to assume that you should feed your baby right before a nap in order to ensure that she does not wake early from it. But a tired infant feeding is often inefficient, cranky, and will fall asleep before finishing a full feeding.
So how do you fix this problem if the answer isn’t to feed your baby right before nap? You’ll have to pinpoint the reason that your baby is not getting enough ounces in to sustain her. It could be because of feeding difficulties relating to supply, a tongue tie or reflux. It could be because the nipple size on your baby’s bottle is too slow, requiring more work than your baby is willing to put forth. Or, your baby might not be hungry enough when you try to feed her because there isn’t enough time in between feedings.
Common reasons why a baby won't take a full feeding