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4 month old - should I drop a nap?!

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Babydreaming Sun 02-Apr-17 11:00:45

Hello! My baby is an awful sleeper (have posted before) but has severe reflux and probable cows milk allergy with weight on 5th centile. He wakes every 2-3h at night still.

I'm just wondering if he sleeps too much in the daytime. His current routine is:

7am ish wake up
8.30-9 sleep
11-12.30 sleep
2.30-3 sleep
4.30-5 sleep
7- bedtime

I've read that 4 month olds only need 3 naps a day? He has started to wake up earlier and earlier in the mornings so I'm wondering whether dropping a nap would help this?

Thanks

FATEdestiny Sun 02-Apr-17 15:10:15

On the contrary, I'd say for 30 minute naps that 2 hours awake time between naps is too long.

I'd be looking to get baby back to sleep 60-90 minutes from last waking. So more naps per day, not less.

An over tired baby is often harder to get to sleep and sleeps more lightly once asleep, so wakes easily. I'd suggest your baby needs more sleep, not less.

Baby sleep guides recommend 4-7 hours of daytime sleep ar this age, plus 10-12 over night. The range is massive because babies are all at very different developmental stages in their sleep. If night sleep is in longer blocks of better quality sleep, then daytime sleep needed will be on the lower end of the scale at 4 hours or so. If baby is getting a very broken nights sleep, she will need much more daytime sleep.

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Sun 02-Apr-17 15:15:58

My six month old does 40-60 minute naps with 1.5 hour wakes. I wotid go for more naps too.
It took us a while to realise just how much she really needed them.

mimiholls Sun 02-Apr-17 15:23:36

No I think it's quite hard for them to be sleeping too much in the day at only 4 months. What you are doing looks fine. I think 2-3 hourly waking at night is fairly normal especially with reflux as they are losing a lot of milk. My dd started sleeping much longer at night when the reflux subsided at 5-6 months.

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