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    Default 6m old sleep question

    Why is it that my 6m old will self settle for day sleeps but I can only get him to sleep at night iin my arms??

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    Default 6m old sleep question

    Haha if you find the answer to this please let me know. My 6 month old DD is the same

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    Default 6m old sleep question

    So lap it up... Soon bub will be 1yr old and you'll struggle to get a bedtime cuddle. Honestly it may seem like a drag, but it doesn't last forever.

    Maybe he/she enjoys your cuddles and being close and quality time together before bed

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    Default Re: 6m old sleep question

    :-) They're just so much more tired after a big day.

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    Can you think of anything you do differently before day naps than night naps?

    I have the opposite problem. Bubs self settles for her night sleep but not for naps.

    At night we have a feed, play, bath, pj's, sleeping bag, quiet songs, top up feed, bed.

    During the day we have nappy, songs, books bed routine, but she never self settles. Unfortunately I can't replicate the night routine during the day.

    Have you tried a night time routine? I used to scoff at the idea of a night routine as I'm usually home on my own before bed time but I bit the bullet and tried it for a few nights in a row and it worked.

    Too bad it does't for during the day.

    Sorry that's the only suggestion I have.


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    Thanks all. It's not a drag, I love the cuddles. I was just wondering why if he is tired and can self settle at day time, that he wouldn't at night.

    Maybe he is over tired. I might try less up time and see how we go. Thanks.

    Ps: my toddler is still overly affectionate and I MUST stay with him everynight until he falls asleep otherwise I get told off

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    Default 6m old sleep question

    I think it's because when are still little there night cycles haven't started yet (so they don't come in and out of deep sleep as often, when they go to sleep at night they enter straight into deep sleep and that's why you'll usually find they have a long stretch (say 4 - 5 hours) before they wake for a feed. Whereas during the day, once they hit around 5-6 kg their day sleep cycles kick in (so from a newborn feeding then going straight back to sleep, they feed, have some awake time, go back to sleep) but enter into light sleep and sleep cycles of 20-40 minutes. This is why you'll often find catnappers sleeping from 20-40 minutes because they come out of that sleep cycle and can't transition into the next one (if they haven't learnt to settle themselves to sleep in the first place) so if they are fed, patted, rocked to sleep, they wake and can't get themselves back to sleep without that aid again. So maybe try getting in there just before they usually wake during the day and patting etc to help them transition through, that's what I did with my bub and she got the hang of it around 5 mths. Still have days when she catnaps but mostly sleeps 2hr blocks.
    Hope that makes sense.

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    Default 6m old sleep question

    Quote Originally Posted by singa06 View Post
    Thanks all. It's not a drag, I love the cuddles. I was just wondering why if he is tired and can self settle at day time, that he wouldn't at night.

    Maybe he is over tired. I might try less up time and see how we go. Thanks.

    Ps: my toddler is still overly affectionate and I MUST stay with him everynight until he falls asleep otherwise I get told off
    Just re-read this! Wasn't what you were asking at all, got them mixed around!


 

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