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    Default Cat napping

    How many of you have catnappers? Dd is 9 weeks old and only sleeps in 30/45min stints. Is it something she will grow out of or is their a way I can encourage her to sleep longer??

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    If you look at the troublesome tots website in short naps they explain it very well how babies will start napping longer when they are developmentally ready and there is nothing much you can do.

    My dd catnapped for 40 minute blocks until 5.5 months of age and began to naturally stretch her naps to an hour plus.

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    Unfortunately our cat napper did 20 minute naps until he was about 1 year old. He would sleep longer in the car on long trips, but at home it was about 20 mins. Now he has one or two hour naps once or twice a day.

    When he cat napped, sometimes I could get another 20 minute stretch by feeding him back to sleep. But I didn't spend ages trying to get him back to sleep. If he was awake, he was awake. It was annoying at times, especially when you hear of other babies going down for a nap from 11am to 2pm... 3 hours! Bliss!!
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    You can try and resettle but dont drive yourself nuts with it. What you need to look at is how your bub goes to slee in the first place. If your DD is rocked, fed etc to sleep in the first place, she will wake at the end of a sleep cycle and expect the same to get back to sleep. So you can try doing whatever it is again and you may get another cycle out of her.
    At some stage (not yet because your bubba is little) you will hope to get her self settling, once she can do this, she will resettle herself between sleep cycles and take those long naps. My DD started long napping at 4mo after we did some gentle sleep training.
    But like Daptoamy said, it is a developmental thing so try not to get too stressed. If you're going to try and resettle, set a time limit. I set 20 mins, if DD hasn't resettled by then we get up and get on with our day and go down for another sleep when she shows tired signs again. Hope that helps.

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    Our DD catnapped until about 6months, at which time I experimented with keeping her awake for longer, which worked. Felt silly then for focusing so much on preventing her from getting overtired - she needed to stay up longer!


 

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