Hands up who has a cat napper..! No sooner you have had a shower, made a cup of tea, just sat down and “ping”, baby awake already and it’s only been 30 minutes…
This is a very common situation to be experiencing and there is something you can do to right this sleep pickle you may be in!
A cat nap, typically 30-40 minutes, one sleep cycle. I bet many of you can set your clock by your baby waking right..! I know you are nodding your head as you read this!
This is very normal and developmentally appropriate for very young babies up to the age of 5–6 months or so. Some young babies are grabbing 4 naps a day because of these short naps and they are super tired. Some babies wake early from a nap and are super fine with this and you can carry on your day with no fall backs or repercussions.
But after 5-6 months why is this continuing to happen? There are a few more reasons for this cat napping and here I will explain them to you.
This is the one right, we all think babies just sleep all day long and are quite happy to do so but in reality it is not so true all the time. Certainly in the first few weeks this may be the case but as they get older, the weeks turn into months and now your new-born is say 8 weeks old, perhaps she is not sleeping as easily as she did even just even a week ago.
Babies change so fast, this first year is when they do the most growing, developing and learning ever. Just 1 week may make all the difference in sleep and perhaps it is not so easy to get them to nap anymore.
So we know they need sleep but how do we help them along if they are refusing and struggling to fall asleep?
Here I am going to explain some ways for you to try to help support your baby to nap.
There will come a point that I am sure you will feel has come around oh so fast when your child needs to say goodbye to that lovely lunch time nap they are having. Your peaceful couple of hours you had to catch up on your “to do list”, house admin or even just sit down and enjoy a quite cup of hot tea and some lunch is gone and your toddler sleeps no more!
So when does this happen and how do we manage this?
This is such a popular topic I am often asked about, how many naps should my baby be having, when to drop a nap and how to drop that nap? Here in this blog I will explain all about the signs, how to manage the transitions and what next…!
The bain of our lives right! Naps…!
Here in this week’s blog I will explain to you the importance of naps, why the lunch time nap is best to be the longest and how to achieve appropriate nap lengths and what to do when a nap goes pear shaped!