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    Default Has anyone stopped their baby catnapping?

    My son still won't/can't sleep without serious help after 4pm. A long drive will do the trick, or I used to be able to pop him in the baby carrier for a sleep. It's just not something he can manage. So I just try and ensure that he has a sleep before then, or let him watch tv/whatever will keep him happy until we do the dinner/bath/boob/bed routine!

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    Default Re: Has anyone stopped their baby catnapping?

    DD started catnapping at 8wks. 45mins was a good nap for us! She has always been an excellent night sleeper and always seemed happy so after a few weeks of stressing me out (i spent so long trying different techniques to resettle her for a longer nap) I gave up & accepted the catnaps.

    She is now 9mths and started, on her own accord, taking 1 longer nap about 4wks ago. She will now do a short 45min nap in the morning then an 1-2hr nap after lunch. I haven't changed any part of her routine so was pleasantly surprised when it happened.

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    I did. But I used Save our Sleep and everyone on Bubhub hates it lol

    I worked beautifully for me and my bub. Before it she was angry, frustrated, restless...within a few days she was happy content and sleeping. 2 x 2 hr naps in the day and 7-7 overnight with a dreamfeed at 10.30.

    But I have other friends that have cat nappers and just gone with it too, so what ever works for you!

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    Yes, but only after a lot of work, and only after he was 8 months old. It probably took me a good two-three weeks of work, and I didn't want to try anything until he was at least six months old. Before that age I think they are just too little to 'sleep train', but you need to do what is right for you and your baby.

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    Default Re: Has anyone stopped their baby catnapping?

    Yeah, if he's mainly happy I would just go with it. My DS catnapped from about 5 months and I *had* to do something about it, the poor little guy was constantly exhausted. I used Jo Ryan's babybliss and it worked really well- there was about 3 weeks of hard slog and perseverance, then it paid off

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    Almost 7 months and still catnapping. Once in a while she'll do a 2 hour nap but most of the time 40 minutes. I don't think it's going to change for a while.

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    Default Re: Has anyone stopped their baby catnapping?

    Yeah, if he's mainly happy I would just go with it. My DS catnapped from about 5 months and I *had* to do something about it, the poor little guy was constantly exhausted. I used Jo Ryan's babybliss and it worked really well- there was about 3 weeks of hard slog and perseverance, then it paid off

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    Default Has anyone stopped their baby catnapping?

    Dd1 catnapped till 6mths with perfect nights then slept 2x2hrs a day with horrible nights.

    Dd2 slept well during the day till 6mths and is now catnapping. Night sleeps are the same 1-3 overnight feeds.

    But both had/having 3-4hrs a day - just in their way.

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    mine was a catnapper...but wasn't a happy baby with it. She'd wake and be so tired still, I'd cuddle her and she'd go back to sleep in my arms.
    At about 4 months I stayed home for a week and ensured all her sleeps were in her cot (ie none in the pram, car or carrier...where she'd happily sleep for 2 hours), and at the 40min mark when she woke I'd be there to shhh and pat her back to sleep before she properly woke up.
    Took about a week and she'd then have 2x2 hour sleeps in the day, and became a much happier baby.
    Was great for me as I was working from home so I managed a good chunk of uniteruppted time to concentrate.
    They are all different though, just do what works best for you.

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    Default Has anyone stopped their baby catnapping?

    Quote Originally Posted by Karen2010 View Post
    mine was a catnapper...but wasn't a happy baby with it. She'd wake and be so tired still, I'd cuddle her and she'd go back to sleep in my arms.
    At about 4 months I stayed home for a week and ensured all her sleeps were in her cot (ie none in the pram, car or carrier...where she'd happily sleep for 2 hours), and at the 40min mark when she woke I'd be there to shhh and pat her back to sleep before she properly woke up.
    Took about a week and she'd then have 2x2 hour sleeps in the day, and became a much happier baby.
    Was great for me as I was working from home so I managed a good chunk of uniteruppted time to concentrate.
    They are all different though, just do what works best for you.
    That's fantastic that you were able to break the habit.


    Thanks so much everyone for responding. Another question, after ur bub woke from their nap did you persist with trying to resettle or just get them up? I've been getting DS up and then keeping an eye on his tired signs, which he usually gets another hour of awake time but I'm worried this is just reinforcing the shorter sleeps. He takes a very long time to settle even just for a 45min nap.


 

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