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Self settling / extending naps help
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:19:01 am »
LO is now 18.5weeks/just turned 4 months and I am desperate for some help to extend his naps and/or help him to self settle.

He used to need rocking to sleep, but weíre now at a point where I can give him a quick cuddle, dummy and comforter and put him down drowsy and heíll nod off. In the instances where he doesnít, a quick sssh/pat on the bum usually does the trick. This is the same strategy when I put him to bed.

Naps wise he will still only sleep for 30-45mins (mostly around the 40min mark) and then using sssh Pat or PUPD to try and extend or resettle doesnít seem to work. On a 30min OT nap I can sometimes get him back off with ssh/pat but takes 20mins or so and then he will sometimes wake again soon after, sometimes extends another cycle.

At night he *can* sleep up to 5hrs straight, but normally around 4, between feeds. But has started to become restless and moany from 4:30 onwards and has more recently needed APOP from around 5/5:30am!

Our standard EASY looks like this;

WU 6:30/7 (I will often APOP to get him as close to 7 as possible, but WU is getting closer to 6:30 or even 6 with every day that passes!))
E: 7/7:30 (wonít ever take it on WU, normally needs half an hour to adjust lol!)
A: 1hr45
S: 8:45 - 45mins

E: 11:00
A: 2hrs
S: 11:30 - 45mins (I will sometimes now use the baby carrier to get him to have a longer nap until 14:00ish  here as it can really mess the day up if not)

If I manage to extend his midday nap then EASY continues like this;
E: 15:00
A: 2hrs
S: 16:00 - CN 30-45mins

Then the afternoon gets a bit muddled as his tiredness and catnapping catches up with him, if I havenít extended his midday nap...
E: 14:30/15:00
And then he normally needs a couple of CNs to get through the afternoon at around 15:00/15:30 and then again around 16:30.
I always make sure heís awake from any naps by 17:00/17:30 latest

E: 18:00ish
Bath 18:30
18:45 top up feed (often refused) and then BT around 18:50-19:00

I DF at 22:30/23:00, he usually has a NF around 02:30/03:30 depending on how much he takes on the DF
The last few days Iíve have to move everything back 30mins as heís been waking at 6:20/30 and wanting a bottle and then getting up for the day.

So, anyway, any advice on the timings of naps or extending them and encouraging self settling etc would be gratefully received.

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Re: Self settling / extending naps help
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 02:52:57 am »
Hi. When he wakes up from a nap, does he cry or is he uncomfortable?

My LO is about the same age and used to be a cat napper until I extended his A times. He was doing 1:45 a couple weeks ago but jumped to 2, 2:15 now. Itís on the higher side for A times but he never awoke crying and it seems to be working. Heís been sleeping longer night stretches too.

For your dream feed, are you pumping or using formula?

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Re: Self settling / extending naps help
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2019, 13:25:20 pm »
When he wakes from a nap he is generally ok - but then tired again quickly.ive tried extending awake times but he starts to cry and become very grizzly anything beyond 1h45-2hrs

I used formula for all feeds.