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I feel like a first time parent because I've never had a baby who sleeps quite this badly.
Anyway, Lilah takes 4 naps a day. 4 because they're short. She usually has an evening nap around 4:30-5pm for about 30-40 min. Lately she's been refusing this nap, even though she only naps for 30-40 min in the car during school pick up time for my oldest daughter. She's TIRED by 5pm, but if we try to put her down, she SCREAMS and loses it. So, because she's refusing this last nap, she wants to go to bed (and we have to put her to bed because she's just dead tired) around 6:30pm. Since she's going to bed so early, she's now up at 5am.
This schedule is NOT working. I don't know how to push bedtime later since she won't nap in the late afternoon now. Do I just deal with all this and accept that this is how it's going to be for a while? It's 5pm, she's sitting her yawning, but I just tried for 20 min to get her to sleep and she wouldn't sleep. Dinner is now going to be late because of all this since now I need to pump so I have to wait to start dinner until after I'm done pumping (and DH is working late). UGH.
Yes, same wth Lexi...she's dropping her late nap which used to be at 4:30 pm. As a result she's ready for bed at 6:30 pm too. If I don't put her down to sleep by 6:30 pm, she would just whine through dinner, so for me it's easier to just put her down at the earlier time if she's ready.
After posting this I was thinking about it. I think I'm going to try pushing each of her naps a little later.....so push her morning nap later, try to keep her up until it's time to take my daughter to school. Then push her 10:30am nap to 11am. Maybe by pushing each nap later we'll make it to 7pm. What would REALLY help would be if she actually slept longer than 30-40 min.
Last night we made it to 7 before I had to put her down for bed, surprisingly.
Lexi has been giving me two naps a day now - about an hour in the morning, and about an hour in the afternoon. Sometimes one of those naps can be 90 min, but that's rare. Her 4:30 pm nap was always a catnap though. This is better than what she used to do, which was 30-45 min naps. So hopefully Lilah will stretch hers out soon!
Question - do you think she's up for too long in between naps? I only have Lexi up max 2 hours before putting her back down again - ideally it's 90 minutes. Maybe Lilah is overtired and that is why she is catnapping? I wonder if you tried putting her down for naps earlier would she sleep more? Just an idea.
Example. If she's up at 5:30 am, could you try putting her back down by 7:00 am? Or 7:30 am?
Looks like Avery's nap schedule is the same as Lilah's. I just roll with it. During the week we have to get DSD up for school at 6an anyway so it just works for me with her waking at 530am. Gives me time to take care of her before the older one is up and she's ready for a nap when we get back from dropping her off.
Kary - I have to wait until she gives tired signals. If I put her down before she is rubbing her eyes or yawning, she will not sleep and she'll get so worked up. The second I see her rubbing her eyes, we go right up to her room....so I don't think she's overtired.
Today was better. She napped for 90 min during her second nap. Her third nap was only 45 min, but I think it's enough to get her to bedtime tonight. Since she napped for 90 min, that allowed her third nap to be much later in the day, so she didn't wake from it until 4pm.