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    @GemJane my dd2 frustratingly naps longer too when I need her awake after 40 minutes lol. Yesterday I was getting ready for our visit to work (aged care home, dd1 plays instruments and dancing a for the residents) and the little bugger slept almost 2 hours! That never happens except when I don't want her to! Frustrating!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GemJane View Post
    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
    My DD is 8 months now (7 months corrected) and generally does 2x1.5 hour naps each day but up to 5-6 months she only did 40 minutes with the occasional 3hr curveball nap thrown in. I could set a timer and around the 37 minute mark she would start stirring. I tried all manner of resettling and sometimes it worked but I do think it was just growing out of the catnapping that worked and a longer awake time. We now do 2.5 then 3 then 3.5-4hr awake times during the day. And yeah as hard as it is I think she just grew out of it but it's so tiring only getting such short breaks during the day I really struggled with that 😔

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    @GemJane my dd2 frustratingly naps longer too when I need her awake after 40 minutes lol. Yesterday I was getting ready for our visit to work (aged care home, dd1 plays instruments and dancing a for the residents) and the little bugger slept almost 2 hours! That never happens except when I don't want her to! Frustrating!!!
    Don't you hate that! When you need them to sleep they won't when you need them up they're asleep and you have to wake them 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    There have been wine great threads on here with tips and advice to try and fix your catnapper as well if you search
    And I don't blame you for having wine on the brain at all @Little Miss Sunshine (because I do too!) 😂

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    Just wanted to add I "fixed" dd1's catnapping at 6 months by timing naps correctly for her age (it's almost impossible to do with a catnapper as they struggle with a longer awake time) and just leaving her in the cot for an hour. (Apart from catnap in the late arvo). When she woke at the 40 minute mark I just left her. She cried but most times she had gone back to sleep before the hour was up, if still was still awake at the 1 hour mark I got her up. It took less than a week for her to sleep longer without a whimper. I wasn't comfortable doing it before the 6 month mark as I wanted to make sure she was ready.

    This time I plan to start doing this during the long weekend over Easter.

    Ideal awake times for 4-6 month olds (who don't catnap) on 3 naps are 2 hours, then 2.5 hours for the rest of the day.

    Things will improve with time, it dies get easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    And I don't blame you for having wine on the brain at all @Little Miss Sunshine (because I do too!) 😂
    Oh god my typos are shocking. Sleep deprived Freudian slip 😂

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    Thanks ladies - you have both made us feel heaps more normal! Haha yes the short naps mean I run around like a crazy person trying to get work done in the first 30 mins of his nap, then I spend the last ten mins sitting in silence in the hope no noise will fully wake him as he comes out of the cycle! Haha! The things we do.
    And yes LMS leaving him in his cot the extra 15-20 mins is something I've been trying to do to at least promote less stimulus and show him that just because he's awake doesn't mean he's getting up straight away (please note I only ever do this if he's happily chatting away and rolling about, if he cries I get him, I might get a bit tougher at 6mo)
    I'm transitioning to 1.5hr wake times at the moment, or an hour and 20 if I can tell he needs it. Let's hope he just up and grows out of it.
    Thanks heaps ladies, you've made me feel heaps better. Xx

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    Just jumping in on the naps thing. Both my older girls were catnappers till they went to two solid sleeps a day. Then they became phenomenal day sleepers. Dd1 did two blocks of 2hrs from 6-7mths. Dd2 did 1HR then 3hrs from 7mths. Dd3 is five months and is naturally stretching out her sleeps. Today she did an hour in the pram at the gym/shops and 2hrs at home with a quick resettle at 40min (this means I put her next to me, she passed back out and I had a nap myself!).

    It truly does improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Just jumping in on the naps thing. Both my older girls were catnappers till they went to two solid sleeps a day. Then they became phenomenal day sleepers. Dd1 did two blocks of 2hrs from 6-7mths. Dd2 did 1HR then 3hrs from 7mths. Dd3 is five months and is naturally stretching out her sleeps. Today she did an hour in the pram at the gym/shops and 2hrs at home with a quick resettle at 40min (this means I put her next to me, she passed back out and I had a nap myself!).

    It truly does improve.
    Thanks for your reply. Good to know it's something that is normal and will most likely fall into place in time. I had been feeling like I was missing something but so glad I'm not! xx

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