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#1 Maudical

Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:30 AM

My DS (19 weeks) is not settling between sleep cycles during the day. He sleeps through from 7pm to generally 5-6am but during the day he cant string the cycles together. He self settles to sleep initially. How have others dealt with this? its worth telling you he can roll (and does in his cot) so 2 weeks ago made a good transition from a LTD to sleeping bag. He rubs his face with a small piece of fleece to get to sleep but the same action in between cycles doesnt help

#2 angek2

Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:22 AM

Honestly I think it's a developmental thing that they grow out of. My little one was the same and I used to either walk in pram or in carrier to help him have longer sleeps. I tried being ready before the end of sleep cycle to resettle with limited success, I tried the trick of gently waking before the end of a cycle etc.
Your little one is proof that "self settling" has nothing to do with it.
Around 5 months he just suddenly started sleeping longer. In saying that he's now in wonder week leap 5 and it's all gone to hell again! Fingers crossed it gets better after this leap.

#3 mandala

Posted 15 January 2017 - 07:15 AM

Not being able to link sleep cycles is utterly typical of the age. There are things you could try, but for my money, you're better off going for more frequent, shorter naps and letting him naturally link them together. That usually starts to happen from about 5-6 months onwards.

You've got excellent foundations if he can self-settle. Just try to avoid either over-tiredness or adding in new sleep associations and it should be all good in a bit.

Of course, if he's miserable and overtired and you're not coping, it's always worth trying to improve things - but it often seems that the 3-4 weeks it might take is about the time it would happen anyway, and you've meanwhile spent a big chunk of time hunched over a cot in a dark room fretting.

I did soooo much with my first, terrible sleeper that was probably wasted effort, but I totally get the need to be doing something!

The perception we have of babies having long naps during the day is really about older babies, from say 7-15 months. Before that, you might have a sleepy newborn (or a screamy one) and then a catnapper. That really took me by surprise!

Good luck.

#4 Tayto2

Posted 15 January 2017 - 07:44 AM

Yep I agree with pp - unless he's really cranky when he wakes from nap id try to go with the more frequent, shorter naps and wait til he's ready for longer ones. My DD was the same and I actually found it easier to get out and about etc with the short sleeps, they fit in better. hugs though - trying to sort out sleep issues and work out what's best for you and bubs is stressful!!

#5 JustMyGirl

Posted 15 January 2017 - 07:50 AM

Agree with what others have already said. It's normal behaviour. However my DD never improved unless I worked on improving things. She was still doing 30 minute naps at8 months old for example until we intervened.
I get that most babies grow out of phases- I just happened to have one who needed lots of help with sleep.  Hope things improve for you soon OP. Catnapping may. E normal but is very frustrating!

#6 AlmondButter

Posted 15 January 2017 - 02:04 PM

If I was getting night sleep that good I wouldn't try to change a thing just in case it messes with the sleeping through!! At that age DS was waking every 1-2 hrs overnight :(

#7 Goldenash

Posted 15 January 2017 - 07:18 PM

My daughter was a good overnight sleeper and never did a "double nap" until she transitioned to one nap at about 18 months. My son did double naps since day one and is a terrible night sleeper. A good night sleeper is a wonderful thing.

I am firmly in the camp there is v little you can do to change some sleeping issues. Perhaps don't go straight in unless you ds is v upset to give him a chance to resettle. Otherwise there may not be much you can do.

Easy for me to say however it is certainly not something to worry about. Well within the world of normal if such a thing exists in baby land.

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