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how would you adjust this daytime nap routine (17mo)

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cakeycakeface Wed 27-Apr-16 12:22:07

DS is nearly 18 mo. He wakes at just after 6am no matter what. Our routine used to be

Nap: 30mins at 9.30,
snack: at about 10.30am
Lunch: at 12.30ish
Nap: 1hr 30mins at 1.30

This meant DH would have to collect DD from nursery at 3pm 3 times a week and finish his work at home on those days. If we deviated from this it would screw up DS's night time sleep. We went through hell for months when he woke every hour through the night which nearly killed us, so sustaining a routine which keeps him sleeping through the night is really important yo us.

Recently he went down for morning nap as usual, but I found it very hard to get him to nap after lunch. The later this got, the worse night times got.

We decided to try drop the morning nap. Routine shifted to

snack: 10am ish
Lunch: 11:30
Nap:12-12.30 ish for as long as he sleeps. Usually 1hr 30-1hr 45
And I can pick DD up, which DH is happy about

Problem is he is really tired at lunch time and eats very little, and is grumpy. So I don't know what to do here. And the other issue is it means I can't go anywhere in the morning or he sleeps in the car and we're back to issues of refusing to sleep in the afternoon.

Yesterday, I did go out and he was asleep by 10.12 in the car. I managed to get him to sleep by 2pm but last night was horrendous: he wouldn't sleep until 8.45pm and then woken at 3.15 and it took two hours to settle him.

As a result, today I have him napping at 11.30 with no lunch yet. I am going to try not have an afternoon nap.

What are your thoughts? WWYD or try? I'm finding it hard to get him sleeping and eating regularly and happily again, and accommodate DD's pickups.

MrsAukerman Wed 27-Apr-16 12:28:14

Similar issues here. Ours doesn't sleep through but the daytime issues are exactly identical.
Perfection seems to be an 11 o'clock snack then asleep by 1130 then a late lunch.

PresidentOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 27-Apr-16 12:49:40

Whoops- duplicate thread please post here
Thanks

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