Jump to content

30 min naps in day- how to make them longer

  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 Ozbird

Posted 11 February 2019 - 02:54 PM

My 6 mo old has never been a fantastic day sleeper but it seems we’re getting worse not better. For about the last week she has dropped 3 naps down to 2 but wakes on the dot at 30mins. This is regardless of whether I am holding her or if she’s in the pram/car. She will not sleep in the cot during the day.  Shortly after this she is clearly tired again having not slept long enough but will not settle.
She is breastfed and sleeps well at night, 6 or 7 till 9.30, feeds and usually goes through until 6, 6.30 so I can’t really complain, I’d rather it was this way round but she gets so grumpy because she is tired. Any advice/suggestions how I can extend her nap times?

#2 Crooked Frame

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:15 PM

My kid was the same with naps. I tried lots of different things but in the end just had to accept that he was a catnapper. I just kept him on one nap more a day than his peers for ages, so when his little buddies were on 2 naps, he was still on 3 etc.

Edited by Crooked Frame, 11 February 2019 - 03:15 PM.

#3 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:21 PM

View PostCrooked Frame, on 11 February 2019 - 03:15 PM, said:

My kid was the same with naps. I tried lots of different things but in the end just had to accept that he was a catnapper. I just kept him on one nap more a day than his peers for ages, so when his little buddies were on 2 naps, he was still on 3 etc.

Yep, two cat nappers for me, that’s what worked best. Eventually the naps got longer (after they turned 1). DS is now 14mo, and he started doing 1-2 hour naps. Brilliant! Except that it meant his second nap was right at school pick up time. I tried moving to 1 nap, and he then did 40 mins. He’s back to two naps and I’m trying to get them early so I’m not too late for collecting DD.

#4 JoanJett

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:34 PM

Will she just "rest" in her cot during the day?  My son was not a day-sleeper at that age, but he would go to his cot with a cuddly toy and some soft music for a bit of quiet time - it was only enough to have a coffee or hang out washing, but it got him comfortable with being in his room during the day and eventually he started having a nap there. It helped when he was tired with just chilling him out a little more.  

And congratulations on winning the night time sleep lottery - may your good fortune continue! :)

#5 AllyK81

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:39 PM

Your over night situation is good so don't sweat the days too much.

I had two cat nappers and the only things that worked were the ergo and time. They both grew out of it and became wonderful nappers.

Mine are 19 months apart and for a time they both napped for 2-3 hours at the same time in the middle of the day. Heaven.

#6 Caribou

Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:40 PM

My 2 were cat nappers. Wasn’t until just past 1 they started doing 2 hours stints.

Sorry, IMO when it comes to day sleep, roll with it much as possible. You say the baby is already sleeping through the night, sounds like it’s getting the sleep it needs. Even though it gets grumpy towards the end. But so does every kid.

#7 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:43 PM

Another who just rolled with whatever day cat naps happened because they slept well at night.

DS1 basically gave up cat naps at 12wks.  He would sometimes catch 15mins cat nap in the car. He is now 13, mostly throw puberty and is still a minimal sleeper... he takes melatonin to get to sleep at night and awake by 6.30am (no melatonin is awake until midnight and up at 4.30am).

His siblings were very similar except they did start to sleep dor 40-60mins in the middle of the day from about 12m-20m. By 24m they had completely given up any day sleeping.

#8 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:45 PM

Endure another 6-12 months?

DD1 was the same a bit over 1 she suddenly clicked, I didn't do anything it just suddenly happened

#9 Lids84

Posted 17 March 2019 - 12:11 PM

If shes only catnapping I would keep her on 3 naps if you can just so shes not completely frazzled by bedtime. Im trying to transition my 6 month old onto 2 naps but she usually does 1 of 1.5 hours. On the days she only catnaps I give her 3 naps otherwise shes a mess come the night.

#10 Katerina 34

Posted 17 March 2019 - 08:38 PM

Enjoy those blissful nights. Both my cat nappers went to longer sleeps when they started crawling ? 8-9 months. Nothing helped before that with number 1 so I didn’t bother trying to improve number 2- life is too short. I would also keep the three cat naps for now. Otherwise will just be a grumpy overtired Bub by bedtime.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


'My parenting style is Survivalist'

A helicopter or tiger mum, I am not.

8 mums reveal their favourite nappy bags

We asked a bunch of mums which nappy bags they love the most.

Why you shouldn't bother throwing a big first birthday party

If you're feeling the pressure to host an all-out, over-the-top shindig for your baby's birthday, I hereby grant you permission to throw the rules out the window.

The 24 baby names on the verge of extinction this year

If you're on the hunt for the perfect baby name and don't want a chart-topper like Oliver or Olivia, then do we have the list for you.

'My mum doesn't seem that interested in my baby'

Q: My mother and I have always been close, but now that I have a baby, she has not helped out as much as I thought she would.

New guidelines: "Bottle-feeding mums need support too"

Breast is best, but mums who can't, or choose not to breastfeed need support too.

Dads also struggle to 'have it all', study finds

Men and women both experience work-family conflict.

Language development may start in the womb

Study found babies can recognise foreign languages before birth.

Meet the baby born from an embryo frozen for 24 years

Experts say little Emma is a record breaking baby.


Top 5 Articles


From our network

Five things you need to know about flu and pregnancy

As the 2017 flu season begins in earnest, here?s what you need to know to protect yourself and baby.

Mum tips to keep your pre-baby budget in check

Money might be funny in a rich man's world (or so ABBA told us), but for the rest of us it's a major consideration – particularly before having a baby.

5 easy ways to make your maternity leave last longer

Maternity leave is a special time for you, your partner and your new little bundle. The last thing you want is for financial worries to stand in the way of that joy.

10 ways to keep your 'buying for baby' costs down

Becoming a parent is full of surprises – not least of all finding out that, for such small beings, babies cause a lot of chaos and expense.

5 ways to prepare to go from two incomes to one

Here are some ideas for getting that budget in shape, ready for being a one income family.


Baby Names

Need some ideas?

See what names are trending this year.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.