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    http://www.troublesometots.com/your-...the-short-nap/

    This article basically argues the theory that nothing can be done to help catnapping. I wish I had read this article with my first baby. Looking back I can see that the amount of time and energy I spent stressing over trying to get my DS1 to nap longer than 20-40 minutes was such a waste. He started napping longer when he was ready. I totally suscribe to this theory now that I have a second baby whose sleeping pattern is entirely different despite ME doing nothing differently. (DS1 didn't sleep through the night until he was 11 months old, and DS2 slept 9pm-6am from 6 weeks old!!). I think those books that suggest something can be done to improve catnapping are very harmful.

    I just wanted to share this with anyone stressing about what they can do to help their catnapping baby. I don't know if it helps much to say you just have to wait it out, but I think it would have helped me to know it wasn't anything I was doing wrong.

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    Default To those struggling with a catnapper.

    Totally agree! DD is a great sleeper and I've done nothing different, still on demand still baby wore her, did BLW all of the 'bad spoil your baby things' and she is my best sleeper!

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    Default To those struggling with a catnapper.

    I agree too, my first 2 were catnappers until they were on one day sleep. My third, not even two weeks old has been asleep for 3 hours!

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    Default To those struggling with a catnapper.

    Thanks so much for sharing, my DS is 12 weeks & I feel like I could of avoided a lot of unnecessary upset if I had of just gone with it from the beginning. I literally have spent the last 8 weeks in his room trying to resettle him after every nap & it's really got to me & I feel like ive missed out on enjoying him cause I was so stressed & worried he wasn't getting enough sleep like the books say.

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    Hehe headoverfeet yes I must admit I was beginning to (secretly) believe that breastfeeding my DS1 was probably one of the reasons he didn't sleep through the night (you know, the whole "formula is heavier in their tummy so they sleep longer" idea), but my DS2 is living proof that a breastfed baby CAN sleep through from 6 weeks. Amazing.

    Having said that, I am SO glad I had my "bad sleeper" first and my "good sleeper" second. I would have had a dreadful shock if it were the other way around! Hahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EternalOptimist View Post
    Thanks so much for sharing, my DS is 12 weeks & I feel like I could of avoided a lot of unnecessary upset if I had of just gone with it from the beginning. I literally have spent the last 8 weeks in his room trying to resettle him after every nap & it's really got to me & I feel like ive missed out on enjoying him cause I was so stressed & worried he wasn't getting enough sleep like the books say.
    I remember that endless resettling with DS1. I should have just put up with a cranky baby but it's easy to see these things in hindsight... and babies can be SO miserable when they catnap it can be very hard as Mummy to just accept it. One of the more insane theories I tried out was to "gently rouse him" 5-10 minutes before I knew he was going to wake up, and then resettle him, in the hope that we would skip the waking part and then sleep for a further 45 minutes. I can't remember where I read that but the author was very confident. Who the hell writes these things?!? Hahaha.

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    Default Re: To those struggling with a catnapper.

    I totally agree....my bub catnapped for the first 8 months. Many hours were wasted trying to resettle. Will know better for next time!

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    Default To those struggling with a catnapper.

    My bub was a catnapper too for the first 6-7 months. You could set your watch by his 40 min wake ups. Luckily I realised early on to just go with it and gradually he just started to sleep for longer over time. He now sleeps for 1.5-2hrs in the morning and as i type this is still asleep this arvo after 2 hours

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    Default To those struggling with a catnapper.

    YES! completely agree, my 2 year old ex-catnapper has just woken from a 2.5 hour day sleep.

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    Default To those struggling with a catnapper.

    Subbing for later. I have a 14 week old catnapper...


 

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