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Should he stay up longer?
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:20 AM
I have a nearly 12 wk old son who I am working hard on having his daytime catnaps in his bed. In the morning he will have a 40 min nap in his bed then I can spen nearly an hour resettling but he just won't sleep any longer. I often bring him out with me and he will sleep on me for another 1.5 to 2 hours.
All his other day naps are only for one sleep cycle.
Am I better off letting him have the longer morning day nap and then feeding him and then keeping him up until his next feed (2 hours) and then trying to put him to bed for a longer nap? This nap will be at about 2pm.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:48 PM
I'm generally of the opinion that if they sleep, they need it. Is the sleep on you only after the resettling attempt? Or will he sleep on you if you pick him up straight away?
I'm wondering if the long morning nap could be a continuation of his overnight sleep. We had that for a while, where DS would need to go back to sleep after being up for about 30 minutes in the morning. It improved from about six months on.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:59 PM
I nearly drove myself batty with resettling. Everyone was much happier when I embraced the catnap, and just let him have lots of them in whatever place (car, pram, carrier, cot, lap) suited my plans that day.
At about 5 months he fell into a pattern of having one long morning nap in his cot, and 2 catnaps. This gradually got later and the catnaps dropped one by one.
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