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7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« on: December 31, 2016, 15:42:09 pm »
Hi all I'm really hoping someone can help me. My son Oliver has been short napping since he was 8 weeks old they used to be 45mins then they dropped to 30 now sometimes they are only 10-20 minutes long! Because of the short naps he still needs 4naps to get through until bedtime. He goes to sleep like a dream thank goodness normally within 5mins of me putting him in his cot with no props. A typical day is.

6.30 wake
9 sleep 20mins on school run
10.50 sleep 30mins
1pm sleep 30mins then apop breastfeed back to sleep for another 30mins
4.30pm sleep 20mins
Bedtime 7pm normally wakes twice in night for a quick breastfeed

Oliver has reflux and diary soya allergy but both are under control. My second son was a short nap per too and didn't take a long nap until around 18months old so I'm really hoping to be able to extend Oliver's naps before then.

Thanks so much Laura

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2017, 13:57:39 pm »
Hi there!

I wonder if that first short nap is throwing the rest of the day off? I appreciate it is on the school run but Is there anyway you can extend that I.e walk or drive for longer even to get 30-45 mins. That might mean he could manage a longer 2nd A time and longer nap middle of the day?

At this age I think much DS was doing something along lines of

Wu: 6.30
A=2.5-3hrs (Milk and breakfast)
Nap: 9-9.30/45 (he woke himself after short nap)
A= Around 2.5hrs (Milk, play, early lunch)
Nap : 12/12.30ish for 1.5-2hrs
A=around 2.5hrs (Milk, play)
Nap: 4-4.30
A= Around  2.5hrs (Tea, milk)
BT: 7pm


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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2017, 19:09:56 pm »
Thanks for getting back to me! Your routine looks like my dream routine! I've sometimes managed to get the first nap up to 30mins by driving around if he falls asleep on way home not on the way there as he always wakes when I get him out of the car.

Today I managed to keep him up for 2hrs 10min before his 1st nap and he slept 40min which is a good nap for Oliver so today went like this

7.40 wake (later than normal because of 2hr night waking!)
9.50 sleep 40min
12.50 sleep 30mins then breastfed back to sleep and held him for a further 1hr nap.
4.45 nap 30min
Bed 7.30

I just wondered how I can get Oliver to stretch out his awake time he is yawning and cranky after only 1.5 hours and if we are out in the car or pushchair he always falls asleep so it's been a real struggle to get him past 2hrs today.

Thanks Laura

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2017, 14:23:36 pm »
Sometimes with A time it helps to push it gradually e.g. 10-15mins every 2-3 days. He could be tired earlier due to short naps though.

Is he an independent sleeper for his naps? I.e. Can he fall asleep completely by himself, without any feeding or movement to help? Just wondering whether a reliance on a prop to sleep and transition through cycles could be contributing to those short naps?
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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2017, 17:16:01 pm »
Hi thanks I will try and push the A time slowly because he is really struggling. Today has been tough he has only been happy for 1hr of all his A times today I've tried to keep him up longer but his eyes shut the moment he is put in his cot so he must have been tired enough even though his first a time was only 1hr 45. Our nap routine is walk round the house with me carrying him to quiet him down I sing to him and put him in his cot with his muslin cloth he likes to snuggle and then I leave so he goes to sleep completely by himself the only AP I do is when he wakes in his cot after his afternoon nap I breastfeed him back to sleep and hold him just to give him that extra bit of sleep. Today went like this

Wake 7am
Nap 8.45 25 mins
Wake 9.10
Nap 11.25 25mins
Wake 11.50
Nap 1.20 40min then breastfed for another 45min
Wake 3.00
Nap 4.50 30mins

I'll aim to have him asleep for 7.30.
Can teething make babies need a shorter A time? It just seems like he can't keep up with an age appropriate routine he's 8 months in a week

Thank you for your advice I really appreciate having someone to share this with.

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2017, 13:27:38 pm »
I think teething can make LOs cranky and he will be more tired if he's getting NW with teeth. Could also be a developmental leap? That can make LOs more tired and grumpy.

What time is BT and How are his nights? Just wondering if late CN could be disturbing night sleep and therefore making him more tired in the day?
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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2017, 16:50:40 pm »
Hi, bedtime is normally between 7 and 7.30 he then normally wakes twice for a quick breastfeed lately around midnight and then again around 5 he can wake anytime from 6-7.30.

It could be a development thing making him extra sleepy I never thought of that he has just mastered sitting and rolling from tummy onto back. His teeth were really causing trouble the last 2 days he wouldn't have hardly any solid food at all but today he seems a bit better and his gums aren't red anymore but yesterday they were! I'm sure his teeth come down and then go back up 😀. Today went like this:-

Wake 6.05
7.30 fell asleep while having first bfeed of the day slept 45min
Wake 8.15
10.30 nap 40min
Wake 11.10
1.20 nap 30min followed by 45min bfeed nap
Wake 2.45
4.35 nap 30min
Wake 5.05
I'll aim for bed time around 7.15

Thanks laura

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2017, 21:47:59 pm »
Teeth and leaps can really pay havoc with routines and really it is a matter of surviving those times until things settle and you can try and figure out how to get back on track again! 2 hr NWs are obviously gong to have their effect on day time routines too.

I would say when extending A times you do have to push them through their sleepy signs. Their body clocks need shifting and they often need help with that!

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2017, 16:58:13 pm »
Hi we had a long nap today!!!!

Wake 6.30
Nap 8.55 on school run 25mins
Wake 9.20
Sleep 12.10 2hrs!!!
Wake 2.10
Sleep 4.25 25mins

I'll aim for bedtime 7.15
I really hope it works again tomorrow I've never let him get that tired before he was crying through his dinner so I'll try and give him an early lunch tomorrow

Thanks Laura x

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2017, 17:43:44 pm »
Yay that is great  ;D

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2017, 21:43:04 pm »
Yeah that is great!

Looks like he's needing A times of around 2.5hrs but might need a bit of time to get used to them, but try to stick with them to establish the routine.

As I said in my first post, some LOs do fine on a short-long-short nap routine, my DS did. Fingers crossed the pattern repeats itself tomorrow :-)
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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2017, 17:01:00 pm »
Hi, well last night and today all went wrong we had the normal 2 night wakings the last one being at 4.45 then he was up for the day by 5.40! I left him chatting in his cot for 30mins then he started to get himself upset so I got him up. So today went

Wake 5.40
Sleep 7.15 10mins while feeding
Wake 7.25
Sleep 8.40 school run 25mins
Wake 9.05
Tried to keep him awake but after 1.50 he started screaming and arching his back with his eyes shut so put him in his cot and he cried a lot which is unlike him I did pupd for 10mins and he was asleep but only 25mins
Wake 11.25
Sleep 1.15 30min extended by breastfeed 45min
Wake 2.55
Sleep 4.50 10mins woke by phone

So a bit of a tough day. Do you think perhaps he doesn't need longs naps seems he had an early waking after having that good nap yesterday. I really want him to cut down to 3 naps but with early waking I don't see how I can get him through the day. Thanks Laura

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2017, 20:17:54 pm »
It's hard to say on only 1 bad day.  I have seen other LOs on here occasionally  who only ever do short naps until they consolidate to 1 nap around 12-18mo.  And you say your older son only ever did short naps?  However, he did a big leap in A times from 2hrs or less to 2.5hrs which could cause OT.

So it's your choice whether you want to try to push A times more gradually for at least one longer nap,
Or whether you want to stick with shorter A times but probably also 3-4 shorter naps with that.
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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2017, 19:13:42 pm »
Hi another tough day today although we did get one good nap. Oliver definitely isn't getting enough sleep he was so unhappy this morning and was refusing to eat. I was convinced he was ill and nearly rang the Drs but then he had a long nap and was all smiles and ate all his lunch. But I just don't know how to get him to sleep more! Today was

Wake 6.15
Nap on school run 8.45 25mins
Nap 10.45 1.5hr
Nap 1.45 40mins
Nap 4.45 15mins

Bed 7.15
Does anyone have any ideas how I can get more sleep for Oliver
Thanks Laura

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Re: 7 month old chronic short 20-30min naps
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2017, 21:17:57 pm »
Hi it's tough when you can't get the routine you'd like isn't it!

I think if you're unable to push his A times you may need to accept that he'll need 3 shorter naps until he can handle more.

Today's routine I would have pushed that A time after the 2nd nap. Looks like he only had 1.5hr A after that nice long nap? He only slept for 40mins which probably meant he was UT.

It can take some time for LO to settle into a routine when A's are pushed but you do need to be consistent so they have a chance to adjust and yes some OT can accumulate but often it'll start to work in your favour after a while and they'll crash and sleep longer.
Lauren