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4 month old cat-naps

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maskingtherealme Sun 28-Jun-15 16:50:24

I am interested to know how everyone else manages to get their 4 month old to nap during the day, successfully!
My DD will only cat-nap up to 5/6 times a day for about 20-30 minutes each. She can only stay awake for about 1-2 hours before needing to close her eyes. I really want her to get into a better routine of napping for about 1-2 hours in the morning and afternoon with a shorter 30 minute nap in the evening (tea time).
She has always been quite good with bedtime. She goes down between 8/9pm and wakes between 7/8:30am with just one wake up for a feed, although this is changing now with the dreaded four month regression and she is waking 3/4 times a night for an extra feed or chat!

Am I destined for a poor sleeper? I was lucky first time as my DS aged three loved sleep and slept 1-2 hours in the morning and afternoon with the shorter nap at tea time. I know all children are different but she ends up having loads of meltdowns because she isn't (IMHO) getting enough sleep and certainly not getting through s complete sleep cycle.

Twinklestar2 Tue 30-Jun-15 06:48:08

Cat naps are normal up until about 6 months. After that point I would stay with my son in his room and when he started to stir I would pat / shush / resettle him and that would push him into the next sleep cycle.

It will pass!

broomy123 Tue 30-Jun-15 07:00:37

If it helps mine did this pretty much all day and night till about three months! Then got her to do an hour or two at night but she would still only do
20 mins in the day. She's 6 months now and will do an hour to two hours in the day. I was obsessed with trying to get a routine going but it didn't happen for us. I kind of miss not having one as I now have to plan everything around her schedule, whereas when she cat napped I could go put a lot easier knowing she would only want 20 mins! So don't stress too much! As grass isn't always greener and you will get there, four months is still little smile

JassyRadlett Tue 30-Jun-15 07:06:52

Mine did that. At 7 months he suddenly started napping for 2hrs every morning.

He started doing it the day I went back to work and my smug DH's first day in sole charge.

basilflower Tue 30-Jun-15 12:17:29

My 10 month old still cat naps! In a way it's kind of handy as if I'm out and about I only need to walk for 30 mins whilst he naps and then I can join back in with the day's events.

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