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    Default sleep promotes sleep??

    just venting here. The past week ds 12 weeks, sleept a total of 80mins during the day everyday. thats 2x 20min naps and a 40min nap. i dont have time for re settling, i have another child. Then after 3 hrs of trying to get him to STAY asleep at bedtime he sleeps 9pm-7am. so whats this sleep promotes sleep business about??? ds has the bare minumim of sleep thru the day yet sleeps pretty much thru the night?

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    My experience as a nanny is pretty much that every child is different. Some children are very much a 'sleep promotes sleep' child and need to have long naps throughout the day or else they are restless at night. Some kids just won't do it and I kind of take the attitude that if they are sleeping at night then don't mess with it. But ideally you'd like about an hour around 9am, two hours around 12-1pm and then another 1/2 hour to one hour around 3 or 4pm. I generally follow about three hours up then time for a nap!

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    I find that's not true for my kids. I think my kids have a daily sleep allowance that cannot be exceeded. So if they sleep more during the day then that comes out of their night sleeps.

    Shame. I like the idea of sleep promoting sleep.

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    As a general rule 'sleep promotes sleep' is right but we are all different. Some babies/people need more then others.

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    Not sure about sleep promotes sleep. I wish it worked for my kids. DS2 (10 weeks) has 4-5 30 -40 minute sleeps during the day. He takes forever to get to sleep at bedtime but then sleeps from 7:30/8 pm for 12 hours with a fifteen minute feed around 4am. I don't resettle him after naps. I'm too busy with DS and too scared to ruin his night sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnysmama View Post
    Not sure about sleep promotes sleep. I wish it worked for my kids. DS2 (10 weeks) has 4-5 30 -40 minute sleeps during the day. He takes forever to get to sleep at bedtime but then sleeps from 7:30/8 pm for 12 hours with a fifteen minute feed around 4am. I don't resettle him after naps. I'm too busy with DS and too scared to ruin his night sleep.
    how long will he happliy stay awake for between naps? ur ds sounds like mine

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    Wasn't the case for dd either. She was a terrible catnapper only having 3-4 20-30min naps but slept such long stretches overnight. She only started napping decently (1- 1.5hrs was what I thought decent!) At 7/8mths from memory. Thankfully still a good night sleeper

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    I find 'sleep promotes sleep' is true in the case of a baby becoming overtired. An overtired baby is very hard to settle, and once they get that second wind can be very restless and find it hard to get through sleep cycles.
    Some baby's need more sleep than others, if they are happy awake and are not showing tired signs, they may not need as much sleep.
    For my kids, if I miss their tired signs and they get a second wind, there is hell to pay - sometimes for more than just that night. For our family sleep promotes sleep is very true.

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    With my two, the sleep begets sleep has only worked as they've gotten a bit older, not when they were under 12 months. But there is a limit to that. Like if DD has a 3 hour nap she is REALLY difficult at bed time because she's had too much sleep. 90 mins to 2 hours is about right for day naps now (she's 17 months), any more and it's too much.

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