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that age old question; is my child getting enough sleep?

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ButtonMoon88 Sun 03-Jan-16 08:25:15

Hello all I need a little guidance on how best to structure my DDs sleeps. She is 11months and seems to have two sleep patterns. Either she has two naps in the day, first one three hours after getting up in the morning and second nap about 4 hours later(she is notoriously bad at getting off to sleep again) or she will just nap once in the middle of the day. If she just naps once she will then go to bed early and sleep 7-6. But if she has two naps she may only sleep 9pm-6am. Is this ok? Ideally she goes down to sleep at 7 but is she too young to just have one nap in the day? Her first nap is usually for 2hours, and if she does have a second nap it will only be for 30-40mins tops!

Should say once she is asleep at night she only wakes once about 2am for milk.

FATEdestiny Sun 03-Jan-16 15:18:07

Somewhere around 12 months is the usual time for for the transition from 2 naps a day to 1 nap a day happens. The transition itself takes time though and there will be a time, like you are having, where it varies between 1 and 2 naps unil one nap becomes established as the norm.

A night of 7pm-6am seems fine to me, I'd probably push for 7.30pm-6.30am or 8pm-7am if it was me.

When you are on 2 nap days, I would wake her up to 'tweek' her sleep patterns. Allow for 1.5h in the morning (say 9.00am then wake at 10.30am). This should then mean she might be ready for another nap at 2.00pm and wake at 4.00pm. No matter what, always wake at 4pm so that bedtime isn't affected. That should allow a bedtime between 7pm and 8pm.

Lweji Sun 03-Jan-16 15:21:03

If she's happy and alert, waking up by herself, then she's having all the sleep she needs.
Every person and every child is different.
My DS has always needed less sleep during the day than his younger cousins, for example.

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