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What's happened to afternoon nap?

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DappledThings Thu 12-Jan-17 14:09:16

I don't know what has gone wrong. DS is coming up to 11 months. Up till a couple of weeks ago he was a good napper, 1 hour in am and 2 in the afternoon. Even over Xmas with being away and disrupted.

This has been shrinking rapidly. Last week he would still do 1hr 15 in the afternoon. Monday we got that but was out in buggy. Tuesday about an hour, yesterday 35 minutes and today 25. So today I spent 10 minutes trying to sooth him back to sleep then got him up intending to give him his afternoon bf early then go for a buggy nap about 2.45 to get a big chunk in. He was really miserable so have tried again now instead.

Been down 5 minutes and very light grumbles so might be on his way out, might not.

Any ideas why this might suddenly be happening? Routine hasn't changed, not ill, not teething I don't think.

He starts nursery 3 days a week in 2 weeks and I have no idea how that will work if he doesn't sleep there in the afternoon.

SortAllTheThings Thu 12-Jan-17 14:12:14

I hate to break it to you, but some of them are evil and don't believe in sleep stop napping this early on.
Hopefully it's teething or just one of those weird things, and he'll go back to his normal routing soon.

DappledThings Thu 12-Jan-17 14:26:01

Terrifying thought! He's not done any teething at all yet so I'm always on the lookout for it but he has no signs currently.

babyblabber Thu 12-Jan-17 14:36:36

Most babies would be down to one nap for around two hours around that age. Try pushing his morning nap later til it's around 11-1/12-2

DappledThings Thu 12-Jan-17 14:41:21

Will try that at the weekend. Have just switched his swimming class from 1.30 to 11.30 tomorrow as that was a better fit for nap times!

LapinR0se Thu 12-Jan-17 15:10:42

What times are the naps now?

LadyMonicaBaddingham Thu 12-Jan-17 15:19:41

My oldest never slept during the day after about 4 months old. He slept very well at night though. My youngest slept loads as a baby and toddler and even now at the age of ten will sometimes have a little nap when he gets home from school. They're all different.

QueenRefusenik Thu 12-Jan-17 15:25:11

Like Babyblabber I'd suggest trying for just one long lunchtime/early afternoon nap. DS dropped his am nap at around 10 months (*sobs*)

DappledThings Thu 12-Jan-17 18:54:05

Fed at 2.30, went out at 2.45 and he slept in buggy 3-4.10.

He was doing 9-10 and 1-3. The first one he was starting to cap at 45 minutes a few weeks ago which I thought seemed reasonable for his age. He nearly always goes down for naps like a dream, it's just now keeping him asleep that seems to have become an issue.

MindTheGarp Thu 12-Jan-17 18:57:42

Try cutting his morning nap down, make it 5 mins shorter everyday until he just has a 10 minute power nap in buggy at 10ish. Both mine started to drop their morning nap at a similar age

LapinR0se Thu 12-Jan-17 19:59:28

Ok they generally drop to 2 nap between 12 and 14 months.

You need to start reducing the time of the first nap until it is just 15/20 mins long then drop it all together.

You're aiming to get to a 12-2.30 nap and a 7pm bedtime

LapinR0se Thu 12-Jan-17 20:00:18

Typo in the first phrase...🙄
They generally drop to 1 nap I meant to say

SortAllTheThings Thu 12-Jan-17 20:10:00

Ahh, he's still having the morning nap? Gradually move the morning one later, the afternoon one phase out and you'll end up with one in the middle of the day. My eldest was always 10-12, the youngest more like 1-3.

DappledThings Thu 12-Jan-17 21:26:54

Thanks all. Will start trying to reduce morning nap. Wasn't expecting it this early but it's got to be worth a try!

GraceGrape Thu 12-Jan-17 21:33:17

Yes, move the morning nap gradually later - this will become the long nap. For a while we had to fit on a "power nap" of about 30 minutes around 4pm until we got the 12-2 nap sorted.

SortAllTheThings Thu 12-Jan-17 22:02:27

Don't try and reduce it, just move it later.

Tbh, I did all this stuff with my eldest, worried about naps, he was very scheduled etc. With the second one I mostly gave up. I might go for a drive at about nap time. I'd avoid a supermarket shop when he was likely to be tired and grouchy, but other than that I just went with it. If he slept, he slept. Seriously was so much easier.

Ignore me if that's not what you want to hear smile

DappledThings Fri 13-Jan-17 22:00:47

Well today timings meant we went straight from swimming and lunch to a buggy nap and he slept 12.55-14.50 and I think only woke up then because my boredom of walking forced me to find a cafe and some cake.

We will see what tomorrow brings. However also have a different problem. Night sleep has generally been good for sometime but the last two nights have been an audible stirring after every 40 minute cycle. So 40ish minutes sleep, and few seconds of grumbles, 40 more minutes sleep and repeat and repeat. So he's not waking properly and not needing intervention but surely it means he's not in proper restful sleep.

Hopefully it's a phase...

ijustwannadance Fri 13-Jan-17 22:08:56

DD stopped napping at all during the day by 1. Slept all night and not up until at least 8am though.

It was bloody shit for me though!

After her first day at nursery the staff, all concerned, said she'd refused to go down for a nap. I hadn't thought to tell them!

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