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10/04/2014 at 15:57
10/04/2014 at 16:53
E is now 11 months old (how on earth did they both grow up so quickly!?!) and she has a short morning nap of 30 minutes from around 10/10:30 (we wake her if needed), and then a longer afternoon nap of around 1.5 hours from 2pm ish. We started capping the morning nap, as she was fighting her afternoon nap (she just didn't seem tired enough for it, but then got overtired, because she wasn't sleeping well in the afternoon), and we preferred having a short morning and longer afternoon nap. She sleeps 7pm - 6.30/7am.
I am guessing that we will end up dropping the morning nap over the next few months. I think we will gradually reduce it shorter and shorter before cutting it out completely. Her afternoon nap will then move forwards in the day. Talking to my sister (who has 3 children and is a nanny), she said that most kids drop to one nap at around 12/15 months, but they are all different.
11/04/2014 at 14:40
Thanks Alocin, that's really useful (and how handy having a nanny for a sister!) I wondered if I may need to do some capping. I find the balance really tricky as if he is at all short on his day sleep, even by 15 minutes he is such a grizzle bear and the night is often worse for it. I so wish it was as simple as switching day sleep for more at night! However I also think if he isn't really tired at night, when he wakes, it's obviously going to be harder to nod back off so know he shouldn't have excessive amounts in the day. Yesterday wasn't typical I'm sure because he's getting over being poorly, but he ended up having 4 hours in the day - which I went with due to illness, and then an almost solid 12 at night which is pretty unlike him!! Sleep definitely bred sleep yesterday but who the hell knows what today will bring ha ha!
Thanks again, and I have no idea how they are almost 1. Yikes!
11/04/2014 at 19:38
Hey Lamby. and Al...wow birthdays fast approaching! Lamby, hope S is feeling better today.
Sleep... B goes up to bed at 7 pm and sometimes drifts off during her BF, sometimes not. She's usually asleep by 8 pm at the latest though, and wakes 6.45-7.45 am as a rule.
Daytimes are a nightmare and I would kill for her to have a proper nap in her cot! She only has maybe half an hour in her pram if really tired, or more normally approx an hour on me during her mid afternoon BF. I've tried her in her cot but she gets upset :-( Now she's on the move she's definitely getting knackered and grouchy by bedtime.
Sorry I can't help much with the 'knock on' effects of naps. I think B only needs one snooze though, I would just rather it was earlier in the day and in her cot.
I imagine S thinks he needs the sleep but it could be worth trying a gradual limit and seeing if nights and early starts get better? Good luck!
11/04/2014 at 20:08
11/04/2014 at 20:46
Thanks Gopher and WH, it's interesting to see other babies patterns. B and Seb are both quite different which is kind of reassuring, I wasn't sure if they were all like the books say they should be with naps! I almost feel like Sam should want / need less sleep in the day, but he really doesn't do well without it! I'm tempted to go with what seems right for him, but obviously I don't know if this is affecting the nights and I'm doing us both a dis-service. I guess I could try to cap it a little, or try and make it exactly the same each day and see if it changes the nights. It's just a risk isn't it as I could end up with a very grumpy, over tired boy, both in the day and at night! If he was up awake and babbling at 2 a.m. it would be a clearer picture (not that I want that I hasten to add!)
WH - With your eldest S, did he just alter his nap pattern by himself and gradually reduce naps and their length? Did he still sleep well at night? Hope Seb's bad week is a one off!
Gopher - It's fab that B sleeps through, hope the day times get a little easier and more consistent for you nap wise though. It is lovely when they are tucked in their cot and you can have a bit of peace!!
11/04/2014 at 20:53
B is 15 months and desperately needs his sleep usually he has 2 naps a day. One about 2/2.5 hours after he wakes up so anytime between 8.30&10 for about an hour an hour and A half. The second in the afternoon usually around 2, sometimes later and this can be anything from an hour (this is usually too short and he ends up grumpy) and 3 hours. I always just let him sleep. His bedtime is usually between 6.30&7, sometimes he takes a while to go down but he's pretty chilled in his cot. When he's not teething he'll usually sleep through - not at the moment tho! With B I find sleep during the day = better sleep at night. Hopefully that helps. Oh and he won't sleep in his cot during the day. He naps in his buggy!
14/04/2014 at 20:37
Thanks for this Noodle, that made for very interesting and reassuring reading. What a lovely, sleepy boy you have! Sam definitely seems to suffer if he doesn't get enough in the day, I hadn't considered the dodgy nights could even be down to not having quite enough at naps, rather than too much! Hmmm, I think i'll have to keep a nap / sleep diary and see if I can find some consistencies. I can definitely see that capping day sleep could be an answer, but the last two 'good' nights we've had, have followed very decent day sleeps, so maybe S is just a B in disguise. Here's hoping!!
15/04/2014 at 09:12
15/04/2014 at 13:16
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