I disagree. DS was a catnapper and i refused to 'just go with it' as he very clearly needed more sleep. I think if they're bright eyed and bushy tailed on catnaps, then that's probably just in their nature and there's nothing you can do, but if they need more sleep you can teach/help them. I used Jo Ryan's babybliss technique and it worked a charm (although it took a lot of work)
I get a bit stabby when people say 'just go with a catnapper' I started a thread about it the other week.
It's totally possible to learn to sleep better, if you're not sleeping well. I'm a pretty terrible sleeper myself, but i know if I stick to regular bedtimes, don't sleep too much, and use relaxation techniques I get much better sleep.
ETA that article is from a pro CIO website. So... I'll be taking that article with a grain of salt.
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15-02-2013 21:44 #21
Re: To those struggling with a catnapper.
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15-02-2013 21:50 #22
To those struggling with a catnapper.
^^agree. DS was a catnapper and he was happy(ish) on his 40 minute sleeps. He grew out of it at 7 months. DD wakes at 20 or 40 minutes and screams until she goes to sleep again. Also if she catnaps she gets pretty overtired and can take hours and hours to get back to sleep. Makes for a miserable day for everyone.
What is really hard though is spending the time resettling them when you have a toddler to entertain. But if I don't resettle (mostly in vain anyway) I have a screaming baby and can't entertain DS either
17-02-2013 11:31 #23Junior Member
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My girl was almost 5 months when we used Elaine Harvey from Lullababy SOS (she hails from the gold coast in Qld). We had really struggled for nearly a month of sleeplessness with her up until then. Even her grandparents cant believe the change in her amount of sleeping.
And as for the amount of crying - I was already dealing with her crying for up to an hour and half IN MY ARMS rocking her to sleep and when Elaine came she had her asleep in the cot within 20 mins. It was sooooo much less than I expected. Over the next 5 days it varied from 10 mins to 90 mins but by day 7 she was settling herself with very minimal objection and having longer sleeps because of it. It was worth the little bit of extra anguish because I knew what the result would mean for her and for us.
She is now nearly 6 months and sleeping nearly 12 hours a night (with one feed at 4-5am) and has either 2 longer day sleeps or sometimes 3 shorter sleeps.
18-02-2013 16:34 #24
Really heartwrenching to hear and see them cry. So I watch the clock a lot. It helped with the stress. Cos one minute of crying can seem so long!
Great that your precious DD is now sleeping so well.
Do agree that it can be trained.
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