This is my son at nap time today:
I have always been blessed with good sleepers. Sort of. Generally, my girls would nap twice a day, in their cots, till they were well past one. Then once in the afternoon till they were almost three!
LV dropped his morning nap earlier but still napped for at least two hours every afternoon till around two and a half.
O? Not so much. He is complete catnapper, he usually has a short – about 20 minute- nap around 8 or 9am, depending on how early he got out of bed. This nap can regularly be as short as 7 minutes, yes seven! I try and give him his lunch at 11.30 as by 12 he is getting hungry but also a little tired so wont eat, meaning he’s grumpy and overtired then wont sleep.
Sometimes he will nod off between 12.30 and 1pm, again this is a short nap of 10-20 minutes. If he stays cuddled up to me I can usually get 30-40 minutes out of him. But obviously I want to get things done while he sleeps so its a lose-lose situation!
He has his tea around 5pm and by 6.30pm he is exhausted, but if I put him to bed then, he will be up after 30 minutes and still be awake after 10pm! I try and keep him calm, make sure he’s clean and dry, warm and fed before I even attempt to get him off. I don’t know what else to do, the room is dark – that picture up there? is in the middle of a very sunny day!
But the truth is, once his eyes close, even if only for the briefest of moments, that’s it, that’s all he needs to recharge his batteries! He can be awake for four hours on just four minutes sleep! But then needs me to keep him occupied for every moment that he is awake. This is why I enjoyed having twins, always someone else to keep them entertained for a few minutes!
I’m not sure what to try next. I think I need to get him to drop the morning nap but I’m not really sure how. He still seems to need it, but if he ever doesn’t have it for some reason he does sleep better in the afternoon. I need to think this through, bur being as he doesn’t sleep well most nights either thinking is my really strong point at the moment!
**This wasn’t the post I was planning on writing for today, I had a fantastic one planned, but I didn’t get chance to write it, can you guess why? So I’m afraid this is what you got!**
Is or was your child a catnapper? Have you managed to find a magical way of getting them to sleep longer that 30 minutes at a time (that DOESN’T involve leaving them cry alone)? I’d love to know your trick, I’ll even pay you with tea and scones if it works!:)