View Full Version : is catnapping normal/ok?
Lucy in the Sky
Just reading another thread about a catnapper, and it suddenly occurred to me, maybe my DS isn't normal...
He is 15weeks and NEVER sleeps solidly for more than 2-3 hours at night, and never more than a solid 1hr during the day. At night I can pat him back to sleep, but it can often take 30mins. During the day he catnaps for 30-60mins of most 3hr feed cycles, but never longer. I can't even imagine putting him down for a 'sleep' during the day.
Is this normal/ok, or is he missing out by not having really solid sleeps? Should I be doing something different?
think it just depends on whether your bubs is happy with his catnapping - mine definitely is not, is terribly terribly grumpy by early afternoon. When he gets a sleep he isn't!
I have a 14wk old and although he does do around 8 solid hours at night, he doesnt sleep during the day. If im lucky i may get an hour around lunch, but normally just a couple of 15min sleeps.
I know others that had bubs around the same time and they wake every 3 hours day or night for feed and the health nurse has said this is normal, just depends on the bub. She said its just a case of teaching them night from day.
Up until a couple of weeks ago my bub was the same, i have now tried a bit more of a routine and its working!!!
I bath at about 7pm, bottle and cuddles at 7.30pm and bed at 8pm. I just make sure the last hour is really quiet with just the tv on and no toys to excite him. By 8 i put him into his cot and tell his its bed time and walk away. Took about a week, but he now is asleep within about half hour and if he winges i just go in and say "Īts bed time, nan-night" and put his dummy in and walk back out. If he does wake i go in say the same and walk back out. I never lift him unless he is very upset and i cant settle him in the cot. At feed time he gets out of bed, has a bottle and straight back to bed. No talking or interacting and no lights or bum change unless absolutely necessary. I have found by using the repetition of the same thing every night, and the same phrase, that he is much more settled and knows its his bed time.
Hope this is a little bit of reassurance and help. Goodluck!
Lucy in the Sky
hmmm... routine sounds like a good idea, Cookie. I'm completely disorganised, but i guess trying to do the same things each night (even if not at the same time) is a good idea. Maybe that is part of the problem.
Kar- he's not grumpy, per se, but will get hysterical for sleep really quickly, completely out of nowhere, so I guess that's him saying he wants more sleep!
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