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    Subbing! My 8 week old is an unpredictable catnapper. Also sleeps fine at night. "Fine" at the moment is a definite 10pm to 3am then from about 4am to 7 or 8.

    During the day is anyone's guess...

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    It sounds like it harder for you because of the perspective experience gives you. If you were replying to someone on here who said their 11 week old sleeps a stint of at least 6 hours overnight and only wakes for feeds, has a 1-2 hour nap in the morning and 2 more naps - would you tell them they need to worry? To many parents that sounds like a dream baby!

    DS often only naps 40 minutes, now he's dropped to 2 naps they're consistently getting longer. His night sleep still needs work (he's 10 months) but is generally trending towards sleeping through 9+ hours consistently. For the first 4 months or so he needed 4 naps a day, and as they were always at least 40 minutes I was thrilled. I had time to shower, to clean, to bake. BUT that was because of my perspective based on my experience with his big sister.

    She would only ever nap 15-20 minutes until she dropped to 2 naps at 6 months then 20-30min. Once she got to 1 nap at 12 months she finally started sleeping 1-3 hours. But she slept 8 hours at night at 8 weeks and was up to 12-13 hours by 12 weeks. Night sleep never regressed either. I was so worried for the first 3 months that my baby just wasn't getting enough sleep, I was reading how important sleep was to her growth and development. I tried everything to get her back to sleep after a nap, but she would just smile up at me ready to play! Things got better when I just stopped stressing and let her do her thing. I wore her a lot, I took her all around the house in her bouncer and then bumbo so she could always see me. She'd be hell before bedtime but since she then slept through it was just the price I paid.

    So from my perspective 40 minutes isn't even a catnap! If they wake happy then they have had enough sleep.

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    Hello I had a similar experience to you in that my bub cat napped around that age and it lasted 2/3 months and then she gradually learnt to self settle after the first sleep cycle.
    It was hard because I was tired from the night before as my bub was still waking frequently for feeds, and there was never enough time to have a catch up sleep in the day.
    definately sleep during that early morning longer sleep.
    i did try wake to sleep which involved patting her gently after 40 mins.,sometimes it worked and sometimes not. Other than that I liked Harvey Karps methods, happiest baby on the block.
    good luck!

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    My DD only seems to have a long nap in the morning of 1.5ish hours. The rest are only 45 minutes. I found she would take quick naps if I let her play on her play mat though, sort of like she didn't even notice she was falling asleep so didn't argue with it too much. So she gets put in her cot for her morning nap, then by mid morning she's getting a little bit sleepy but perks right up if I put her in her cot, I put her on her play mat with a blanket and about 15 minutes later she's out for another 45 minutes, then a few hours later she'll be ready to go for a nap in her cot, then the mid afternoon one is on a play mat/in her pram/on me in the carrier thingy, then she'll be put down for bed at about 7 and sleeps pretty much right through. Occasionally we have days where it doesn't work but otherwise it seems to. Could you try something like that maybe??

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    Dd began catnapping at about 6wks old. 20-30mins was the norm, 45mins was a good nap. I spent so many weeks in tears trying everything to get her back to sleep because everything and everyone told me she had to sleep longer.

    I have no advice on how to stop it as in the end I gave up and had to just let her be. I was lucky though, she was happy when she woke (ive read other mums say their bubs would wake miserable) and it helped that she was an excellent night sleeper from day 1 so I wasn't exhausted.

    She started sleeping longer once she dropped to 2 naps, at about 7 or 8mths I think. She has just turned 2 and has a solid 2-2.5hrs in the afternoon now - that was just a dream back then

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    The textbooks say catnapping is a sign bub is tired enough to nap, but not tired enough to 'sleep.'

    My little one catnaps in the morning and to be honest he is still so young I do whatever to get another cycle out of him (put him in the vibrating rocking chair etc). When he is about 12 weeks I will see if the routine solves it (with the sleep times being far enough apart to discourage cat napping).

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    Mines 4 months and has been catnapping since 5 days old. I was so worried and frustrated by it but now I just roll with it. We do 4 x 45 min naps a day sometimes 5. I'm finding some of them are getting longer say an hour. I've tried resettling but it never works. I can spend and hour trying but I leave the room and he's awake again. He's an incredibly sensitive sleeper. He can be sound asleep in the pram or car and soon as they stop wide awake. I figure it'll sort itself eventually and he seems to be happy with the naps we do. Don't be hard on yourself...you have ideas about how things should go but they have different ones!


 

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