Does anybody keep lo awake in the afternoon so they sleep better at night?
I experimented with Evie today as she is the worlds worst sleeper but to add to this she is a nightmare to settle at night.
Anyway she woke today at 12.40pm and I usually take her up for a nap 2-3 hours later as she shows signs off tiredness, well I was with my mum today and because we were out and about it was around 5pm when we got back, I was going to take her for a nap but my mum suggested trying to entertain her to keep her awake see if she sleeps better. I have always refused to do this before as I worry she doesn't get enough sleep as it is so get her sleep whenever I can, also I read sleep breads sleep but today I thought I'd try it (I did feel mean though - she wasn't crying but I could tell she was tired)
She went down sooo much easier and earlier (7.50pm) as she was shattered, she did wake after half hour but I gave her a quick feed and fingers crossed she's been there 45 mins now. Usually when I put her to bed I'm up and down every 15-30 mins for the first couple of hours and often through the night...
Just wondered if anybody else does this as I still feel guilty
Hi MNorbury! My LO is a couple of weeks younger than yours and has recently dropped his afternoon nap, meaning that he is awake usually 5 to 6 hours from when he wakes from his mid day nap until bedtime. His remaining 2 naps have generally been a little longer / better & he (touch wood) settles better at night as he is tires & ready to sleep. He still shows tired signs around 4-5pm, but doesn't seem troubled & is happy to be up & playing until bedtime at 6.30pm.
We found the opposite, if she had a wee nap late afternoon, about 4pm she was nice and refreshed to eat her dinner, have her bath and bed time bottle at 6pm without getting tired and grumpy. If she doesn't have a sleep late on she doesn't eat so much and wouldn't sleep as long.
Tried it yesterday. I dropped his 1st nap & he took one 2 hrs bap after his lunch. He went to bed at 11 pm (As usual) but slept immediately without a fight. He woke up today at around 1pm. But today we went out & he ended up sleeping deeply in the restaurant at 8:30 pm it's almost 12:30 am & he's still awake & playing
I'm the same I find it best to let her nap in the afternoon ,although my. LO is a bit younger so if she misses her afternoon nap she gets grumpy and upset by the time we have dinner and she screams for her bottle and bed....around 4pm for 20-30 mins I find is best
Helen missed her afternoon nap most days last week as we were out and about and she didn't want to sleep in the buggy. Her night sleeping wasn't any different really but she was pretty grumpy at tea time This week she has had a good long afternoon nap every day and has settled fine and slept through 2 nights in a row (usually we have one night or early morning feed). I don't think there's anything wrong with giving it a try though Fingers crossed
Thanks for your replies, well up to now she did 25 minutes in the first stint then settled back for an hour and I've just settled her again ten mins ago, not great but it seems to be easier to settle her than usual, I've give her a pillow too so a bit unnerved but her head is to the side and I have the video monitor pointing right in her face! She's in our room too so we'll be with her in a bit x
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