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Morning v afternoon naps

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HUNKERMUNKER Sat 19-Mar-05 19:36:57

DS is nearly one and has a very long morning nap - he's often up about 8, then back in his cot asleep by 10.30. He's been known to sleep until 1, so 2.5 hours.

Then he's usually awake till bedtime (occasionally has a brief snooze if he's in the buggy later on in the afternoon), which is normally about 8-8.30.

He seems a happy chap on this (sometimes gets a bit fragile around bedtime, but not horribly upset - I can hear him now chatting to DH after his bath!), so I'm not particularly concerned about changing it, but I know babies usually have an afternoon nap. I quite like it as it means I can get on with jobs in the morning and then we can go out for/after lunch.

So, does anyone else have a morning napper? Is there anything terribly important about afternoon sleep that I don't know?!

TracyK Sat 19-Mar-05 19:40:53

My ds has just turned 1 and has a long afternoon nap. Usually 1 till 3pm. I'm quite glad he doesn't nap in the mornings as he's at nursery and I'd grudge paying them for him to sleep for 2 hours!
If it suits you then I wouldn't bother changing it - it will be interesting to see what others think.
What time does he go to bed at night if he sleeps in the buggy at 8 pm?

colditzmum Sat 19-Mar-05 19:40:56

If I could make my ds sleep that long in the morning, I would. Ther nap tends to get later as they get older, sdo eventually it might be falling after lunch.

SeaShells Sat 19-Mar-05 19:43:07

My dd is 15months now and has always napped on a morning, up at about 7am, naps 10ish-12ish, then bed at 7pm on the dot every night, I love it.

HUNKERMUNKER Sat 19-Mar-05 19:46:12

SS, glad to hear someone else's child does this

TracyK, he doesn't sleep in the buggy at 8-8.30pm, he goes to bed then (going to do last feed as soon as I've posted this in fact!). If he has a snooze in the afternoon, it's usually about 4.15-5, then I wear him out by chasing him round so he's still in bed by 9pm

MrsDoolittle Sat 19-Mar-05 19:46:49

Wow! My dd is the same age as yours Hunkermunker, she naps in the morning and the afternoon. She also sleeps from 6pm to 7am!

TracyK Sat 19-Mar-05 19:52:38

sorry HM - get you now!

pootlepod Sat 19-Mar-05 20:11:05

My 14 month old LO seems to nap in the morning too, but ends up getting very tired from around 4:30 pm onwards which can be difficult as she refuses to nap for longer/a second time. Generally, we have a telly time for 20 mins where she 'rests'. I would prefer an afternoon nap for this reason but can't she to break her habit.
Though she's reasonably adaptive, if we are out in the morning she may grab a nap in the pushchair and have her nap straight after lunch.

HUNKERMUNKER Sat 19-Mar-05 23:37:14

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has a morning napper - and while it suits us, I guess I'll stick with it He will stay awake happily if we're out in the morning and catch up in the afternoon, so I guess he's OK! I just keep being asked if he has a long sleep in the afternoon. Still, beats being asked about when I'm going to stop breastfeeding him

Surfermum Sat 19-Mar-05 23:41:03

I have a morning napper too HM. She'll go down as early as 10, but as we only get up about 9.30 on some mornings I usually put her down at about 11/11.30. When she wakes up we then have the whole afernoon to go out somewhere, and then she's really tired for bed and sleeps 7 till 8/9ish. She seems really adaptable too, if we go out in the morning she just sleeps when we get back, and she will go all day without a nap if we're out and doesn't seem to get grumpy.

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