babyla, what did they teach you was it routine/settling techniques?
I agree with the wind down. We don't do self settling either BUT have a definite wind down in the evening. TV off, minimal lighting and quiet voices before reading and sleep time.
Hey ladies, I'm just going to jump in here as I've been following this thread for a while (sleep is very hit and miss for us)
my bub (4months) is an absolute dream to put down, can put down awake and he will go to sleep (I've done no sleep training or cio it's just him I'm pretty lucky) he does have a dummy and comforter.
Anyway, my question is - does anyone else have a bub who has super obvious sleep cycles (day naps) that they just can not tie together no matter what? I can time him to the minute pretty much and he will always wake. Very occasionally if I go in quick enough I can pop the dummy back in and can get him to have another cycle but it's getting harder the older that he gets. The thing is he's super sensitive to being over tired and needs about 3 hrs total sleep a day so spread that over 40 minute naps and that's 5 naps a day. I feel like all I do is put him down for naps all day. I'd love him to be having 3x 1hr naps and maybe a late cat nap to tie him over to bed.
Anyway, it's not a huge deal It just makes it tricky to go anywhere because he gets so tired so fast and is super whingy.
Sorry to hijack I just don't know anyone personally who've had a bub who does this. Xx
Glad you're joining us @GemJane, ask away!
Dd1 napped in 40 minute blocks, never more, never less, for the first 6 months. It was frustrating as hell, but at the same time it made it easy to plan. She started napping longer when she learnt not just to self settle but self RESETTLE during the day which apparently is a different skill lol.
About 80% of the time dd2 naps in 40 minute chucks, the other times I can usually resettle her at the 40 minute mark- it depends if she wakes miserable or happy.
You cannot really fix naps until they are 6 months as it's a developmental thing - after that if she's still a catnapper you can be a bit more proactive in changing it.
There have been wine great threads on here with tips and advice to try and fix your catnapper as well if you search
Oh thanks @LittleMissSunshine that's so reassuring. I have read (in my crazy extended research) that the 40min naps are pretty common and a developmental thing, but all my real life mum friends kind of look at me like I'm crazy when I say I can set my watch to his naps. It's just a little frustrating when he still needs that total amount of sleep per day but only has it in little patches. I feel like I'm in this never ending two hour loop! Haha! But I will wait and see if he grows out of it in the next few months. The thing is, he'll randomly throw in a 1.5 hour nap so I know he can do it, but when I need him to - nope! He usually does the big naps when I've planned to go somewhere you'd swear they know.
Thanks for the reply LMS I really hope nights are improving for you or they do real soon. You're doing a great job mummy xx
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