I'm trying to figure out if I need to stretch out Thomas's awake time, and drop a nap. He's refusing to sleep in the late afternoon and acts wide awake. If he does nap late in the day, then he wont go to bed at bedtime.
His awake time is about 2 hours between naps right now, but I just read that by 7 months it should be 2 hours 45 to 3 hours. He is 7 months next Friday and was 6 days late so he's pretty much 7 months old now.
Just wondering about the awake time for your baby, and how they nap etc? Whem do they go to bed for the night and get up in the morning?
Nim cant manage more than 1.5-2h awake, if she does it throws out her naps for the rest of the day
I tend to go off her, some days I pop her down for a nap and she just has 20 mins 'quiet time' but doesn't sleep but seems happy with that so I go with it.
I'd let T lead you, may be wait a few mins longer than usual after his tired signs and see if that helps him sleep?
The thing is, he doesn't show tired signs any more. He grizzles sometimes but he has two front teeth cutting so he's grizzling all the time anyway.
I've been following his lead pretty much since birth but our days and nights are getting crazy - I never know if we are coming or going and he's refusing both the late afternoon nap and refusing to go down at bedtime. Last night he was up until almost midnight. Then he didn't wake up until 10am and neither did I, and I had to cancel an appointment as he would be going to sleep during it instead of being awake.
I'm going to try and experiment tomorrow and see what happens. He did a 3 hour awake stretch this afternoon and went down for a nap brilliantly, so who knows?
This is a tough one, Thomas usually goes to bed around 8.30 - he feeds to sleep and then wakes another 3 times in the night and then wakes around 6/6.30, occasionally it will be 30 mins off either way. He only naps twice in the day now, but when he was about 6/7 months he was still on 3 naps a day, it was around that age that I introduced a no nap after 5pm rule otherwise he would be up all evening and I would get no time to myself. No so bad when dh is home but as dh is a police officer his shifts mean I am onmy own quite alot in the evenings and I need some me time! He would usually nap every 3 hours. Now his 2 naps a day are around 10 and 3pm, usually at least 1 hour in the morning and an 1 hour in the affternoon, if he is trying to fall asleep again I play with him, make the dog run around in the circles, do something to amuse him! Also the weather is really hot, I am giving him ice poles to suck on, he loves them, they help his teeth and the cold just wakes him up that little bit longer!
Hope that helps
Thanks for the input everyone! I've just been having a sniffle as I spent 30 minutes soothing him to sleep, and was tucking his sheet over him and the bloody dropside made a loud cracking noise! Of course he flew wide awake, so I spent another hour getting him to sleep and it was such a struggle.
I'm alone all evening as well as my OH works from 2pm-10:30pm, so he never has to help get him to bed or anything and it's so draining.
It's so frustrating! I wish I could come help you, or send my DH over to help you, he hangs around like a bad smell at bedtime looking for something to do
I know the frustration after all that handwork of getting them to sleep, only to be woken up by a noise. I know have my landline phone unplugged and my mobile on silent permanently, as as soon as I get Isaac to sleep, sure as eggs someone will call and wake him!
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