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30 min naps in day- how to make them longer


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#1 Ozbird

Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:54 PM

My 6 mo old has never been a fantastic day sleeper but it seems we’re getting worse not better. For about the last week she has dropped 3 naps down to 2 but wakes on the dot at 30mins. This is regardless of whether I am holding her or if she’s in the pram/car. She will not sleep in the cot during the day.  Shortly after this she is clearly tired again having not slept long enough but will not settle.
She is breastfed and sleeps well at night, 6 or 7 till 9.30, feeds and usually goes through until 6, 6.30 so I can’t really complain, I’d rather it was this way round but she gets so grumpy because she is tired. Any advice/suggestions how I can extend her nap times?

#2 Crooked Frame

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:15 PM

My kid was the same with naps. I tried lots of different things but in the end just had to accept that he was a catnapper. I just kept him on one nap more a day than his peers for ages, so when his little buddies were on 2 naps, he was still on 3 etc.

Edited by Crooked Frame, 11 February 2019 - 03:15 PM.


#3 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:21 PM

 Crooked Frame, on 11 February 2019 - 03:15 PM, said:

My kid was the same with naps. I tried lots of different things but in the end just had to accept that he was a catnapper. I just kept him on one nap more a day than his peers for ages, so when his little buddies were on 2 naps, he was still on 3 etc.

Yep, two cat nappers for me, that’s what worked best. Eventually the naps got longer (after they turned 1). DS is now 14mo, and he started doing 1-2 hour naps. Brilliant! Except that it meant his second nap was right at school pick up time. I tried moving to 1 nap, and he then did 40 mins. He’s back to two naps and I’m trying to get them early so I’m not too late for collecting DD.

#4 JoanJett

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:34 PM

Will she just "rest" in her cot during the day?  My son was not a day-sleeper at that age, but he would go to his cot with a cuddly toy and some soft music for a bit of quiet time - it was only enough to have a coffee or hang out washing, but it got him comfortable with being in his room during the day and eventually he started having a nap there. It helped when he was tired with just chilling him out a little more.  

And congratulations on winning the night time sleep lottery - may your good fortune continue! :)

#5 AllyK81

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:39 PM

Your over night situation is good so don't sweat the days too much.

I had two cat nappers and the only things that worked were the ergo and time. They both grew out of it and became wonderful nappers.

Mine are 19 months apart and for a time they both napped for 2-3 hours at the same time in the middle of the day. Heaven.

#6 Caribou

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:40 PM

My 2 were cat nappers. Wasn’t until just past 1 they started doing 2 hours stints.

Sorry, IMO when it comes to day sleep, roll with it much as possible. You say the baby is already sleeping through the night, sounds like it’s getting the sleep it needs. Even though it gets grumpy towards the end. But so does every kid.

#7 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:43 PM

Another who just rolled with whatever day cat naps happened because they slept well at night.

DS1 basically gave up cat naps at 12wks.  He would sometimes catch 15mins cat nap in the car. He is now 13, mostly throw puberty and is still a minimal sleeper... he takes melatonin to get to sleep at night and awake by 6.30am (no melatonin is awake until midnight and up at 4.30am).

His siblings were very similar except they did start to sleep dor 40-60mins in the middle of the day from about 12m-20m. By 24m they had completely given up any day sleeping.



#8 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:45 PM

Endure another 6-12 months?
Sorry.

DD1 was the same a bit over 1 she suddenly clicked, I didn't do anything it just suddenly happened

#9 Lids84

Posted 17 March 2019 - 12:11 PM

If shes only catnapping I would keep her on 3 naps if you can just so shes not completely frazzled by bedtime. Im trying to transition my 6 month old onto 2 naps but she usually does 1 of 1.5 hours. On the days she only catnaps I give her 3 naps otherwise shes a mess come the night.

#10 Katerina 34

Posted 17 March 2019 - 08:38 PM

Enjoy those blissful nights. Both my cat nappers went to longer sleeps when they started crawling ? 8-9 months. Nothing helped before that with number 1 so I didn’t bother trying to improve number 2- life is too short. I would also keep the three cat naps for now. Otherwise will just be a grumpy overtired Bub by bedtime.




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