If your baby is looking like this most days 20-30 minutes after they’re put down for a nap, rather than snoozing away peacefully there are a number of possible reasons why:
Undertiredness. Could there have been too short a gap between the last wake and getting your baby to try and nap again? Or not enough play/stimulation?
Lack of routine. If bedtime, morning time and naps are at different times from one day to the next your baby’s nap lengths can be unpredictable.
Overtiredness. Too long a gap since the last sleep can mean an overtired and difficult-to-settle baby.
Developmental stage. Sometimes babies are so excited by a new skill they’ve learned, like rolling or standing, they want to practice it even in their cots.
Unable to self settle. Short naps can mean that babies have not been able to “connect” their sleep cycles so their naps are always very similar lengths of 30-45 minutes. Teaching babies how to fall independently is key for this.
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