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    Default Transferring after feeding / rocking to sleep

    So DS is 8 months old and fed to sleep.

    It's starting not to work at times.

    So usually he's up at 7ish, I start to put him down at 9:15. Up until a week ago he would feed, then transfer and sleep 1-2 hours.

    Then he would say be awake from 11 until 2, then nap again for 1-2 hours.

    So he would be up again for around 3:30/4 until 7/7:30.

    But lately he will transfer okay at bed time and when he wakes in the night for a feed but his day sleeps, I go to transfer him and he stirs a bit and opens his eyes really briefly but closes them again while I hold him, but as soon as I put him down he wakes up. Sometimes he's happy and like he's already had a sleep and is chatting away and cooing at me, others he's crying. If he's crying I'll pick him up and he has a burp If he's not crying I leave him but he will cry within 10 minutes, but either scenario, I just can't get him back to sleep. I try rocking and patting and feeding but never can I get him to sleep.

    So my dilemma is do I

    A. Keep trying to feed him to sleep and try for his first nap at 2.5 hours after waking, then if I can't get him to sleep in the morning when do I try again? 2.5 hours awake time (his usual awake time between his 2 naps), or at 2pm As if he had a sleep as usual?

    B. Keep trying to feed him to sleep but keep him awake a bit longer than 2.5 hours, because maybe he needs more awake time and that would solve the issue?

    C. Maybe it's time to wean from feeding to sleep?

    I'm reluctant for C. Only as it works at night. If I wean from feeding to sleep can I still feed him during the night when he wakes or do I need to wean from that too so I don't confuse him?

    But then again I'm reluctant to persist with feeding to sleep given I'm going back to work soon.

    Gah! I'm so confused!

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    If this was my kid- option b. My kids would need 2.5-3hrs between naps at this age.

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    Default Transferring after feeding / rocking to sleep

    Hugs. It's so hard to know what to do isn't it. Given my dd is currently napping in my arms after a failed transfer attempt, I'm probably not the best person to offer advice. A couple of thoughts though, how long after he falls asleep do you attempt to transfer him? Dd seems to transfer best 10 minutes after she settles. Before that she seems to be sleeping too lightly and afterwards it's like she thinks her nap is done.

    Secondly, have you tried putting him down on his side rather than flat on his back for day naps? For dd this seems to have a slightly higher success rate.

    Eta - just realised I didn't answer your question. Sorry! Sleep deprivation brain. I'd probably lean towards option b.
    Last edited by BettyV; 07-06-2015 at 12:01.

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    DS needs around 3 hours between naps - so down around 10/10.30, and then again around 2/3 depending on how long his morning sleep was. I will usually now get 1x1 hr nap and 1x2 hour nap but he changes whether he sleeps longer in the afternoon or morning. I would try lengthening his awake time by half an hour and see if it helps.

    I also think it's ok to have a different routine for day and night sleeps. Perhaps try weaning from feeding to sleep during the day and see if another method works for those.

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    If this was my kid- option b. My kids would need 2.5-3hrs between naps at this age.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    I think b, my DS is same age and has 3 hrs between sleeps now. Have you tried feeding to sleep lying down on a bed, then you shouldn't need to transfer.

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    I'd try B as first options he's rob ably going to start transitioning to feed play sleep routine. It sucks as its so much easier to feed to sleep but maybe try another feed just before next nap. Either way keeps supply up.

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    Well if my question were a quiz you would all get full marks

    I've stretched him to 3 hours for this mornings sleep and yesterday afternoons sleep and voila.... He's stayed asleep!

    Thanks ladies

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