I too found friends who had their kids in strict routines painful. We drifted away as they would only ever do what suited them.
Find a compromise. Always be home for the midday sleep as that's the sleep kids keep till kindergarten age. For both my kids I only ever focused on the one from 11.30-2/3 sleep. The others just fitted in with my day.
wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.
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11-03-2015 06:39 #11
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11-03-2015 06:53 #12
He has a dummy but he sleeps fine with it at night and can easily go a full night without needing it back in, so I don't think that's the issue. He has one of those comforter things and I use the same routine for day and night sleeps. He isn't cold at the moment being summer either.
As for solids he was doing really well, 2 good meals a day and I was about to start a third. He was starting to sleep through the night but then he got sick and wouldn't eat solids at all for a week. It's been difficult trying to get him back in to them again.
I'll try dropping the third nap but I'm finding that he can't go til 6.30/7pm bedtime because of the catnapping, he's way too tired.
11-03-2015 07:01 #13
Rose & Aurelia this is what in finding too with friends. I'm the one that always needs to be flexible and work around their needs because they get somewhere and then race off after an hour because their baby needs to go to bed. I just find it restrictive personally and I like to be a little more flexible with nap times. I also find that I'm starting to drift away because organising catch ups is just all too hard.
I'm always at home for at least 1 nap (very often 2) and he sleeps well while out, I just need to replicate his out sleeping at home!
11-03-2015 08:17 #14
My eldest slept phenomenally when out. I'd get 2-3hrs out of her in the pram vs 1-2hrs at home. So I used to time 3-4 days a week her sleeps at the shops so I could run errands, have a coffee or watch a movie etc. I then discovered she didn't like to sleep in a quiet house. So I cranked up the radio and vacuumed or did other jobs at home.
Also it's too hard to be rigid with more than one child. I've got two and expecting my third in oct. Next year I will have school and kindy drop off/pick ups. What chance in hell will my newborn have of exact sleeps? Anyway that's my bugbear.
My suggestion is to have mornings where you guys are out and about. Midday sleep at home and if bub needs a late arvo sleep (both my girls never slept then) you can go for a walk and combine some exercise in it. My girls from 7-8mths started doing 2.5-3.5hrs at midday with a 30-40min AM nap and bedtime at 6pm.
11-03-2015 08:19 #15
11-03-2015 08:44 #16
Good suggestion with the sleep times. Will give it a try. Will aso do the lunchtime nap at the same time every day at home and see if he will start doing longer stints then. I'm usually home then anyway, but depending on what we've done in the morning (if we've been out), if he's been sleeping like a trooper in his pram he's not always tired enough. Will give it a whirl though and see how it goes, 1 good sleep a day is all I need to get the housework done and have a little break to myself!
11-03-2015 12:27 #17
I disagree about being out and about the reason for catnapping. My bub went through a period of catnapping due to his colic tummy pains but he growing out of it and is much better. He nearly always sleeps properly through the day regardless whether we are home or out. I think routine is the key. He is put down at the same times each day so he knows his sleep time. Whether we are out in the pram or car or at home he will sleep if it's his nap time. I don't believe in staying home day in day out just so your little one can sleep, I'd get nothing done for a start. They need to be adaptable.
11-03-2015 12:33 #18
Ah Vic Park have you been reading the sleep sense book too or simular ? 😀 I got it out last week for a refresher. It's the best thing ever. Extensive but worth the read and following it certainly made life easier for me and made ds2 much more settled.
Op I agree re the sleep aids VP has talked about and as I said earlier, perhaps you need to drop the sleeps to 2 rather than the 3.
11-03-2015 22:26 #19
At 6 months, all mine were on 2 naps. I always went out for the morning nap, usually to the gym and they slept in the pram but made sure I was home for the afternoon one.
Once my babies were down to one nap, I was/am one of those people who is home 99% of the time for naps. My kids slept/sleep longer in their cot and frankly, I think it's unfair on them if they don't sleep as well elsewhere to drag them around. Plus that's my time to sit, do chores, do washing etc and my 4yo has quiet time.
but we always go out in the mornings. Every day. So it's not like we are housebound.
My mothers group friends used to jokingly roll their eyes at me when I would leave places to go home for naps. But I don't care, neither do they. At least I'm not dealing with cranky, tired kids.
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