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#1 1&Twins

Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

DD still needs 2 naps a day but sometimes I struggle to fit the afternoon nap in as she can sleep up to 2 hours for her morning nap.

Would you suggest I wake her say after an hour and half in the morning, so I can get her back down by 2:30pm after a good period of being awake?  I always wake her at 4pm so she goes back down at 7pm.

Suggestions please.  She wakes anywhere between 6 and 7am, it's when she wakes at 7am I struggle to get her second nap into the day.

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#2 axiomae

Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

You can wake her in the morning to make your day more manageable - there is nothing wrong with that original.gif

#3 MeN3Ps!

Posted 14 December 2012 - 04:53 PM

Hey OP,

You can open the door and let her wake naturally.

I would suggest you just let her sleep 45 mins to an hour in the morning say from 9am to 10am... then go down for big sleep for 2 hours say from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

That way she'll be really tired out and ready to sleep by 7pm.  You may have to put her to bed a bit earlier say at 6.30pm. But whatever works best for you is fine...

We have done this when we dropped the third nap of the day. It definitely makes a difference to their overall sleeping pattern.

Good Luck!

#4 GeminiSix

Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

I have had to structure DD3's naps around school drop off and pickup.  She wakes around 7-7.30, backdown around 9-9.15ish (after morning drop off).  Sleeps until 10.30ish.  Back down around 12.30-1.  If she wakes before 2, I try for another nap after school pickup (around 4).  Otherwise, she is wake until bedtime at 7, as she won't do the third nap.

Have you tried putting her to bed earlier for her morning nap?  Some babies do tend to like their morning nap early, almost straight after breakfast.

#5 Lyn86

Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

How can you not fit the second nap in? At that age my little one would wake at 6:30-7ish, first nap at around 9-11, then lunch play back down around 2-230?

#6 1&Twins

Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

Thanks everyone.  I'll give your suggestions a go, especially putting her down a bit earlier for her morning nap.

Lyn86, I struggle to sometimes fit it in if she has a big morning nap because she likes a longer awake period of at least 3 hours before her arvo nap.  For instance this morning she didn't go down until 10:10 and woke at 12:10 and wasn't ready for her arvo nap until after 3pm (sometimes later) and I have to wake her at 4pm at the latest otherwise she doesn't settle for 7pm bed time.  I guess I'm concerned that a short arvo nap is not conducive to settling at bed time.  I don't know really... wink.gif

I reckon putting her down earlier in the morning should help original.gif

#7 Lyn86

Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

As soon as you figure it out she'll change again;)
We are currently transitioning form 2 to 1... And it's not going well!

#8 1&Twins

Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

QUOTE (Lyn86 @ 14/12/2012, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As soon as you figure it out she'll change again;)
We are currently transitioning form 2 to 1... And it's not going well!

haha... you are so right!

#9 squirrel10

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

Your little DD is on exactly the same routine as my 12mth old DD Lucy's Mum! What I do is wake her up if she's not awake by 12 and then put her back down at around 3.15 for only one sleep cycle so she's up by no later than 4. I wouldn't bring your morning sleep forward - I expect this will end up being my daughter's only sleep of the day so I plan on making it later and later. Eventually I think she may end sleeping from11.30 ish until 2.00 ish and then be awake until bedtime at 7pm. I'm actually looking forward to this earlier bedtime because at the moment my DD is often not tired enough to go to bed until 7.30-8pm.

#10 Miss Kiwi

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

My 10mth old wakes around 6am and goes back down at 8.30am (sometimes earlier) where he sleeps for 1.5/2hrs.
He goes back down for his avo sleep at 1.30pm where he generally sleeps for 2hrs sometimes close to 3!
His bedtime is around 6pm, sometimes later but generally he is wanting bed at 6ish even if he woke at 4pm.

I would try and put her down earlier for her morning sleep and the same for the afternoon sleep. I was finding when I put my DS down too late in the avo he wouldn't sleep for long and would wake very cranky.

The above is what he has been doing this week! The week before he was all over the show. I'm finding each week can be different at the moment. The 10mth age seems to be an interesting one for a variety of reasons.

#11 elle-M

Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:48 PM

I have a 10 month old DD and a two year old DS so my DD's sleeps are a bit all over the place, depending on if we're home or out. I would go completely crazy if I had to stay home all day to cater to different sleep schedules so my DD and DS often end up both having a big sleep in the middle of the day (12-3ish) and my DD will cat nap if we're out in the morning or late afternoon. I've learned to be a lot more flexible with baby number two, although she made it easier to do this by being more easy going right from the minute she was born.

#12 1&Twins

Posted 19 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

I just read the latest replies.  Thanks guys.

After doing a bit of reading, I understand that around the 10 month mark is a major development period, so this would explain the protests from DD.  DF and I have both noticed that she has taken a big leap in her mental development in the past week.

I'll continue to persevere with the 2 naps over the next week or so otherwise I might just try one in the middle of the day.  Even when I know she is tired she is very good and mostly content playing.

TBH I am looking forward to one nap a day so we aren't so limited to being home at her nap times as elle-M suggested.

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