4.9 months old DS was alert & awake & quietly playing in his bed when I checked on him & so I assumed he was done napping. I said hello & got all smiles from him then when I took him through to the living room & put him on his playmat he started fussing. Then he was ok for a bit, them more fussing & then crying.
So I thought he maybe wasn't done sleeping & sure enough after much jiggling & soothing (of course he was overtired now) he's now asleep again.
Does anyone else's LO do this??
Do I just leave him be to give him a chance to go back to sleep or cry to be picked up coz he's ready to get up??
My LO does this, and has done for a while (now 6m). I think they wake between sleep cycles (so for my DS this is around 45mins, then 90mins), if in a dark room or driving in the car/pushchair he may settle back to sleep. However at home he will wake up, be happy for maybe an hour then fuss to go back to sleep. It should get better at some point soon. Their sleep cycles also get longer as they get older, though I'm not sure when (ie from 45m to 60m).
You're maybe also still in the 4m sleep regression? So LO might be waking hungry due to growth spurt, or just more restless due to teething or developmental leaps.
Yes 45min sleep cycles until around puberty ( a lot longer than you may think), and then gradually moves to 90min and stays that as an adult
If you want him to sleep longer than 45mins, try a darkened room/ shade over pram, minimal distractions ( but not silent), and try not to disturb him/ rearrange blankets around the 45 min mark. ( do after 30 or 60 mins if possible)