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    Default Longer naps

    DD, until last week, was managing naps of at least 1.5-2 hours (after a lengthy period of little sleep during the day).

    Now, she doesn't sleep beyond the first sleep cycle (45 mins to the dot). I've tried resettling (might take 30 mins to get her back for another 45), tried being in her room to catch her just before she wakes (works for 5 mins and then she wakes) and yesterday, just got her up, had some play time and went back to bed when she showed her tired signs. she can have 4-5 naps a day of 45 mins.

    What are some other things I could try?

    She sleeps pretty much 12 hrs overnight with 1-2 feeds so I'm not too concerned about her short, frequent naps but it would be better for her to have at least one nap longer than 45 mins.

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    Hi, I'm sorry I don't actually have any advice to give, I am interested in getting some tips also on the same thing, my DD generally only sleeps 1 sleep cycle at a time (or less), but sleeps well at night!!

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    How old is your DD?
    DS was a catnapper until he went to 2 day sleeps at around 7.5 months. I tried everything to get him to nap longer and nothing worked for more than a day or two so I gave up. Baby Bliss by Jo Ryan had a good technique for lengthening naps and gentle routines. They just didn't quite work for me.

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    She's almost 5 months. She slept better yesterday (caught her at the end of first cycle and patted her into next) and almost made it into 2nd this morning. Tried patting her, didn't work but she's quiet and I've left her to try to settle herself.

    Each day is different which makes it interesting!

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    Hey
    Don't have any advice unfortunately as I just go with it. I'm in the same situation but DD is nearly 7 months. She used to sleep 1.5 to 2 hours for each naps during the day but for the past month it's usually 45 min and then she starts singing. I don't bother resettling her I just get her up and when she starts grumbling after 30 minutes and rubs her ears (sleep sign) I put her back in bed. I know what you mean that each day is different, some days she'll have one proper sleep in the morning from 9 but then 45 min for naps for the rest of the day. But she's a great sleeper at night, goes to bed usually around 7 or 7.30 and wakes up around 7 with a feed during the night, some days she wakes up at 5am (torture). So I'm pretty happy with that at least. As long as she sleeps well at night I'm ecstatic

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    It could be just a phase my son did the same at 5 months it last two weeks it was insane drove me nuts. I persisted with the routine and one day it went back to before. Like it never happened...

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    DS has started doing this lately. He used to have 3 naps, 1-1.5 hrs each and lately he's going down for 40 minutes and waking up really cranky and tired. I say go with the flow. If you're re settling and leaving her in there for a little longer, there's not much else you can do. It could just be a phase. DS has had a few of those.

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    Hi Munchkins mum, do u have any tips for me? My little girl is waking after 45 mins during the day and it's awful! She's only 6.5 weeks and needs the sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy30 View Post
    Hi Munchkins mum, do u have any tips for me? My little girl is waking after 45 mins during the day and it's awful! She's only 6.5 weeks and needs the sleep.
    My dd only ever catnapped for 45 mins during the day, until she dropped to one sleep at 11 months. Some babies just dont seem to need as much day sleep (she was a great night sleeper though, so I knew she was getting enough over the 24hrs)

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    My DD is 3.5 months and has always been a catnapper during the day aswell. What I have been doing lately is just resettling her after the first cycle and like u said it can take up to 30 mins but she seems to be getting the idea that I won't get her up as I used to do that then put her back down. She now has started having a 2 hour sleep once out if her naps. Meaning she will either have a 45 min one in the morning and a big one that arvo or vise versa. But that has taken about a week of doing that.

    Not sure if that helps, but I have also heard there is a sleep regression at 5 months.


 

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