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Offline lily_layne

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Short nights
« on: June 23, 2018, 14:00:57 pm »
Hi,
It's been a looong time since I've been on but I need some advice with DSs sleep. He's now 3y7mo. He naps most days but once in a while will be silly and not settle for a long time or not sleep at all. Most of the time he's happy to nap (at home and at daycare). He usually naps from 1-2:30 at daycare and 1:30-3:00 at home (but tends to take really long naps when DH puts him down - like 2 or 3 hrs - go figure that he thinks DH needs the break :) ). He was getting really silly at BT for a while (popping in and out of his room for up to 2 hours) but that has improved lately. We usually put him down around 7:30 and he falls asleep around 8:30 and lately he's been waking up around 5:30 which is 1-1 1/2 hr earlier than he used to wake. On the few no nap days he's had he's gone to sleep easily but hasn't lengthened his night (only 9 1/2-10 hr night). He often needs to poop right when he wakes up (he does have a diaper at night but doesn't poop in it). Is he possibly waking because he needs to poop? Or do we need to look at some routine change?

I'd like to get this sorted because we'll be moving to our cabin soon and he and DD will be sharing a room and she is not going to be happy with such an early wake up call from her little brother! (And I would like a later start too :) ).
DD - August 2012
DS - November 2014

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Re: Short nights
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 15:47:24 pm »
Hi I’d say that nap is robbing from night, I’d try cutting a bit and see what happens?!x
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Re: Short nights
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2018, 02:26:20 am »
Thanks! How long would you cap it at to start?

He didn't nap at all today and got silly at bedtime but ultimately crashed pretty quickly so we'll see how his night is.
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Re: Short nights
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 05:30:57 am »
Hopefully you’ll get a good night. Maybe start with 45 mins?x
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Re: Short nights
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2018, 01:36:57 am »
He didn't really lengthen his night much but at least he wasn't up  before 6. He slept from 7:45/8-6:30 with 2 quick NWs. He didn't nap again today so I'm really hoping for a good night.
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Re: Short nights
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2018, 15:11:24 pm »
For us I was brutal I just went down to 20 min CN then no nap short day, did take a while for night to lengthen.
DS1 would’ve napped forever but I stopped that, DS2 gave his up at 28 months and sleeps way better at night for no nap.

It’s a bit trial and error x
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Re: Short nights
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2018, 03:04:55 am »
Thanks for the reminder that it's a trial and error process! I hate transitions and tend to forget that it takes a while to work out a new routine.
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Re: Short nights
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2018, 06:01:51 am »
It does also depend on the child, my DS1 just doesn’t need a long night he’s slways wide awake by 6.15am even now at 6 yrs old he on the odd occasion gets a special late night 8.30pm and still wide awake and raring to go early. Whereas DS2 pulls 12-13 hour nights!

This transition is the tricky one I think so keep plugging away x
Zoe