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Since DD has been sleeping through (7pm - 5am, then back to bed after feed) she has been refusing to go down any longer than 40 min in the afternoon which means she is up anywhere from 3pm onwards until bedtime and she is so grumpy!!!
I can't hold her out any longer for the afternoon 40 mins cause then she just won't go down at all, any ideas??
Has anyone else experiencing/experienced this?
I've been working thru this one this week, last couple of days I have focused on her having as many short arvo naps as possible, even just 10 minutes cheers her up, also try and wind down the activities as the arvo wears on, make them more passive (like watch mumma cook dinner)
Being 4 months I am hoping it is just a stage that she is going through. I have tried to resettle her at the morning and lunchtime sleeps to see if she will sleep more, but with no luck. It has been happening for a week now and I am just worried that we are setting another routine......with no afternoon sleep!
I've been reading books on routine, sleep etc etc because I have a catnapper during the day who needs his dummy but sleeps 7pm-6 or 7am resettling himself and no need for a dummy or dreamfeed. Don't get it but anyway, that's for another topic. If your DD is 4 months and having 2 good sleeps during the day (1 1/2 - 2 hrs each) and a 40 min nap in the arvo (so the nap is around 5) then that's ok and what is actually "recommended" in the books. And some days she'll have the nap and other days she won't.
My routine (not as strict though, just roughly)
7am wake, feed and play
Around 9-11 sleep
11 feed and play
1 -3 sleep
5ish 45 min nap
7pm after bath and feed sleep
I got it from Save our sleep by Tizzie Hall but I just took the advice that worked for me. Hope that helps? Feel free to ask any more questions or pm me if you need to. It works for me but every baby is different.
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