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Sleep patterns of pre-schoolers who were GF babies

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PrettyCandles Sat 16-Apr-05 21:41:03

I wonder how the sleeping patterns of children who were GF babies compare with those of non-GF babies.

I wasn't a strict GF-mum, but used her timings as closely as was comfortable for us.

Ds, 4.5, and dd, 2.3, go to bed at about 7.30, and get up 6.45-7.15. Generally they wait in bed perfectly contentedly until we come to get them up, tho dd will sometimes call for us if we lie-in too long or she has a pooey nappy.

Dd still naps about 1.30-3.30 every afternoon, and ds 3-4 times a week about 2-3.30.

They tend to have lunch about 12.30 and supper about 5.30, tho we're fairly flexible about them.

So still fairly GF.

Enid Sat 16-Apr-05 21:44:20

dd1 was GF - dd2 wasn't really as I needed a life!!

Both sleep 7/7/30-7/7.30.

neither have a day nap but they do veg in front of a video after lunch normally.

mcmudda Sat 16-Apr-05 21:46:00

Ds is now 2.7 and was a strict GF routine baby. He now sleeps from 7pm till 9pm - Gina probably wouldn't approve . He's just given up his daytime naps in the last month, but used to sleep for a couple of hours after lunch at 12:30. Tea is still between 5 and 6pm.

Like your wee ones PC, ds waits in his bed singing or playing until I come and get him - I have an easy life

mcmudda Sat 16-Apr-05 21:46:38

I mean 7pm til 9 AM!!!

PrettyCandles Sat 16-Apr-05 21:58:38

Till 9am? You certainly do!

Hulababy Sat 16-Apr-05 22:08:19

Well DD (just turned 3) is a non-GF baby. She tends to sleep from 7:30-8pm till 7:30am (average) at night and rarely naps during the day. However she does occasionally wake in the night, but probably less than once a fortnight now.

ghosty Sat 16-Apr-05 22:27:16

DS ... GF baby ... from the moment he went into a bed at 2 years old he has been the most shocking sleeper. As a baby GF helped but he still fought sleep and it was a daily struggle for 2 whole years. I just gave up when he was 2.
He is 5 and is still terrible.
DD ... non GF baby ... 14 months and dream baby in terms of sleep ....
No, I wouldn't actually recommend GF now to anyone ... I think it made things worse in the long run as sticking to those rigid routines has made DS an anxious sleeper ... IMO that is ...

mummylonglegs Sun 17-Apr-05 13:25:07

Dd, NOT a GF baby really though I did read the book and find it interesting in places. 2 1/2 now and sleeps 8pm - 7-8am, naps 1-2 hours around 1pm-ish.

Gobbledigook Sun 17-Apr-05 13:32:35

Mine all pretty much followed GF as babies (I didn't follow it rigidly but used it as a guide and all 3 seemed to just kind of 'do it' anyway).

DS1 is just 4 - no daytime naps at all, sleeps 7.15ish through to 7.30

DS2 is 2.5 - he goes to morning sessional nursery Thur/Fri and on those days naps just afterwards at 1pm for about an hour (but only cos I wake him up!). On non-nursery days he'll sleep from about 10.30am to 12.30/1pm. At night he sleeps same as ds1 - 7.15ish to 7.30.

Both are waking a little early at the moment but I think it's because it's so light in their bedroom.

DS3 is only 7 months but he naps 9-9.30am, 11amish to 1pm. He may nap again for a short time around 3.30 but then he goes down at night at 7.30 and sleeps right through to 7.30am.

Lucky me!

PrettyCandles Mon 18-Apr-05 20:25:04

So far it seems that GF doesn't make much difference in the long run!

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