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I've just ordered a copy of the 'no cry nap solution' in the hope that it will give me some advice about how to get my DD to nap longer than 45mins. Has anyone read it? What did you think?
Lucy in the Sky
I bought it last week, as my DS will only nap 30mins in cot, but up to 2hrs in my arms!
I learned a lot from book about how important naps are for babies, but didn't really find a clear solution for my problem. To be honest, it left me with a lot of questions, and a little anxiety because now I know DS isn't getting enough sleep, but I still don't have an answer.
If your case is more straight forward than mine, you may find her suggestions work for you.
If your LO is waking after 45 minutes, that's one sleep cycle. You could try going in 5 minutes before he normally wakes and when you see him stirring, sooth him back down again before he wakes up completely and cries out.
This is just a phase and very common. If you continually put LO down again after he wakes, he will start to sleep 2 sleep cycles :)
Don't stress about your child 'not getting enough sleep'. I love the NCSS books - but I'm a big believer that if you provide ample opportunity for your LO to rest, they will do so as they need. Good luck!
we sooooooo need to talk, it seems our bubs might be identical twins...lolmy ds has never slept longer than 30-45 mins during the day.. every hour and a half. he used to sleep 12 hours solid at night, then started having broken sleep.....but is now back on track. he used to go to sleep by himself, but now i have to rock him to sleep (only during the day tho)
I think the suggestion above about going in five minutes before the end of the sleep cycle and calming him back to sleep before he completely wakes up is a good one, and one that I've heard a lot of people have used successfully. Our bub went through a phase of short naps, too, and this helped us.
I've also just employed Safe Sleep Space and their methods. They came to our house and helped us with settling techniques. My bub is a great napper during the day, but woke frequently at night. I've been using the Safe Sleep Space methods for just 2 days, and i'm already starting to see a difference in that he can settle himself back to sleep more easily when he wakes up in the night. It's a nice gentle method that involves responding to your baby's cries, and not letting them cry it out at all. The crux of it is to respond in exactly the same way each time so the baby feels secure and knows that you are helping them to get back to sleep on their own. i highly recommend it, as I can't face the thought of controlled crying at all. I'm just thinking that if it helps our little one self-settle overnight, perhaps it might help your little one self-settle at the end of a sleep cycle during the day?
Hope that helps.
and i'm in the same boat too. my 6.5mnth old only sleeps for 30mins during the day - usually 2 or 3 times. at night he sleeps a little better, but usually wakes in the early hours of the morning. he does have a bit of wind at that time and can settle back to sleep once he has got the wind out.
i would love for him to sleep longer too - so any other advice would be great - thanks!
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