I do agree though that overtiredness can just make everything fall to crap.
Probably with katelyn more than jasper. Jasper WILL sleep when he's tired, he's just not a little dude who's ever really needed so much sleep, but if he's tired he would sleep, anywhere any time.
Katelyn goes off her tree if she's overtired. So.... There's maybe that element for us. Not so much that sleep promotes sleep, but not enough sleep promotes crazy baby.
Ive got one of each. My ds is a "sleep promotes sleep" kid. He always has been and even now he is 3 and a half still needs a decent daytime nap.
my 2 and a half dd on the other hand is not a great daytime napper and it has always been a struggle to get her to sleep during the day. She stopped having daytime naps a while ago. If she does have a daytime nap it seems much more difficult to get her to sleep at night and she doesn't sleep as soundly and tosses and turns. Both were similar as babies.
Both kids sleep all night so I don't worry and just follow the routine each child likes. One has a nap the other doesn't.
My DD always wakes up after the first sleep cycle at night if she is overtired but then sleeps normally!
Didn't apply to DD either. She'd catnap 15-20 mins x3 through the day but sleep 12hrs at night by 12 weeks. Once she got past her colic at about 7.5 weeks she was always happy so long as she was well fed (so yes, frequent feeds). In fact as a 5yo she's still the same, her moods are a lot worse if she's not eating properly than if she's had a couple of late nights.
I have been wondering this myself. DS is now 5 months and used to sleep brilliantly through the night (bed at 7, wake for feed 3-4am then wake for the day at 7am) but was terrible during the day and only catnapped (and was a grumpy little baby when he was awake because he was always tired.
Once he was diagnosed with silent reflux and we got that under control he started sleeping during the day (2x 1.5hr sleeps, 1x 45min sleep) he wakes atleast twice a night, alot of the time three times, and wants to start the day anywhere from 5.30am.
So I don't believe the whole sleep promotes sleep as far as the quantity is concerned. I do however think it does in the way of getting them to sleep, as DS is so much easier to get to sleep now that he sleeps during the day.
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