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2, 3, 4 hour awake periods- what age start at?

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013, 14:47
by Where'stheMistletoe
I need advice from S_N or other people with kids who sleep :wink: .

As I seem to be a bit useless at recognising sleep cues I wondered what age I should start encouraging naps at particular timings. I could only ever get Wriggles to nap on me until 8 months then in pushchair/ car / me thereafter but that's not practical with baby no 2. Baby girl seems to want to feed all the time but sometimes she just gets a let down then crashes out on me so I wonder if she's using boob to fall asleep when I should be recognising she's tired. Or is 1 month too young still to be even thinking about a pattern?

Re: 2, 3, 4 hour awake periods- what age start at?

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013, 14:58
by Seriously_Nutty
Waaaaayyyyyyy too young imo but everyone is different.

It was always around 3 or 4 months with mine. That's when they'd start taking a good morning nap and EVERYTHING sleep related came from *that* morning nap in this household.

For now slings, pushchairs, rocker chairs.... whatever works.

Re: 2, 3, 4 hour awake periods- what age start at?

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013, 15:02
by Where'stheMistletoe
Great, thanks S_N. Just want to make sure I give this one a good chance at getting good sleep habits - I fully expect her to be like her brother (and their mum!) but you never know!

Re: 2, 3, 4 hour awake periods- what age start at?

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013, 17:12
by babydsmummy
At that age mine couldn't manage much more than a feed and a nappy change before they wanted to sleep again. That was the pattern - they were awake for a bout an hour then slept again. I did find that they seemed hungry when they were in fact tired so got in the habit of settling back to sleep after a nappy change and a cuddle and it worked really well. They did sleep a lot as tiny babies though - J was hardly ever awake!

Re: 2, 3, 4 hour awake periods- what age start at?

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013, 18:08
by Alstarofwonder
R is 12 weeks, nearly 13 and still only really manages 1.5 to 2 hours awake at most, often less! As soon as she.yawns I put her in the sling or start the pacing and she drops off within a few minutes. Mind you her night time sleep is pretty rubbish so I might not be the best person to advise about sleep. And it's trickier when the older one is around and needing me.

Re: 2, 3, 4 hour awake periods- what age start at?

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2013, 18:16
by robyn
encourage a big feed when they wake up, then when they get antsy try and get them to sleep without feeding - they've eaten so it must be tiredness. nowt wrong with feeding to sleep though - that can be done on the sofa with biscuits, pacing and rocking is rather a lot like hard work ;)