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Total amount of sleep in 24hr period

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Tftpoo Sun 06-Nov-16 14:47:49

I'm worried my 7 month old DD isn't getting enough sleep. I read (I know, I know, probably shouldn't have done that) that she needs around 14 hrs in 24hrs at this age. She sleeps from around 6.30pm until 5.30am with one or two wake ups, has a 30-45 min nap in the morning around 9am and 45-60 mins between about 1 and 2pm. Does that sound like enough sleep? She's not great at self-settling (we are working on that) and often seems to wake and not be able to get back to sleep.

FATEdestiny Sun 06-Nov-16 15:00:15

The NHS website would probably be the most trusted:

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Childrenssleep/Pages/howmuchsleep.aspx

11 hours sleep at night is pretty normal, assuming the wake ups are short. But daytime sleep suggested at that age is 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Tftpoo Sun 06-Nov-16 15:03:37

Yeah, it's more the daytime sleeps I am concerned about but how do I get her to nap longer in the day?

FATEdestiny Sun 06-Nov-16 15:11:45

I forgot to add any useful suggestion. Until naps lengthen to over an hour, i would add in an extra teatime nap 4pm-5pm and then make bedtime more like 7.30pm

Tftpoo Sun 06-Nov-16 15:24:32

Thanks, yes I think a late afternoon nap might work. She is often grouchy around 4.30 but we keep her going until bedtime. Making bedtime later would allow time for a third daytime nap. I will try that, thanks.

Timetogrowup2016 Sun 06-Nov-16 16:00:43

Dd gets around 12-13 hours at nigjt and two 10-20 minute naps in the day at the moment.
She's coming up to 9 months

FATEdestiny Sun 06-Nov-16 16:12:52

It may also help with your 5.30 very early mornings. Your ideal would be:

8pm bed
7am wake
9am nap until 9.30/10am
12.30pm nap until 1/1.30pm
4pm nap until 4.30/5pm
8pm bedtime
7am wake

Once those morning and afternoon naos start lengthening to consistently over an hour then you can stretch awake time between these and so drop the teatime nap and make bedtime earlier again. But I would keep this teatime nap until naps are longer.

Tftpoo Mon 07-Nov-16 13:42:29

The early mornings aren't so much of a problem as we're an early household (DH alarm goes at 5.45 and my older two get up about 6am). I don't really have a problem with the timing of her sleeps, I am just worried that she's not getting enough overall.

So far today she's had 45 this morning (9-9.45) and she had 35 mins in her cot (1-1.35) and is now dozing as she feeds on me. We're going out this afternoon so I will see if I can get her to have another 30 mins in the car around 4pm. I think three short naps might be the way to go for her - my older two (nearly 3) were always huge sleepers and still have minimum 2hrs after lunch so I guess DD has taken me by surprise with her very different sleep habits!

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