As per title I'm wondering if anyone has experimented with changing their LO's routines in order to try and preserve the last nap, that it looks like they are giving up?
My thought is that perhaps my daughter will still sleep regularly if somehow I tweak her day and make it a bit longer here or there.
Has anyone tried something like this? Successfully?
- She's 2 and 9 months.
- In the last month has played through about 15 days of naps (mostly in the last two weeks, every second day).
- On no nap days she is in bed asleep at 6.30pm - and we get her up at 6.30am. (12 hours)
- On nap days, she is in bed at 7pm, and usually well asleep by 7.30 (11 hours).
- On days she does nap, nap length is anywhere between one hour and 1.45. (So, 11 hours plus 1.20 avg = 12.20)
- I can't tell anymore when/if she is tired! Some days she seems exhausted in the late morning...but revives and plays and stays awake regardless.
- She's a complete mess by 4pm on no nap days...and frankly, I'm not in the position to give up and keep her out of her bed just yet, even if she doesn't sleep.
- She sleeps in a cot (crib)
Am, of course, laughably - hoping it's just a phase!!
Routine (on nap days).
12.30 bed - eta correction: bed, but not sleep - often not asleep until 1.30pm
6.40 stories etc
What I'm thinking...is maybe keeping her up longer in the a.m. Say trying the nap at 1pm? And maybe even combining that with a 15 minute later bedtime.
Would love to hear any thoughts. Or am I just completely deluded, and my child is joining the world of awake ALL. DAY. LONG. people. (Eeek).
Edit to add:
Two additional things I'm wondering about.
1. On no nap days, I'm currently leaving her there for the normal duration. If I got her up (say after just an hour) - would that help tire her out for the next day etc?
2. When I think about it, after no-nap days, the next nap is usually longer than normal. We've had quite a few that are tending towards 2 hours (like todays, which is why I'm able to quickly add this bit...ha ha.) Should I think about capping all and any naps to a certain length? Do these sorts of changes actually have ongoing effects? Or am I still deluded!?
Edited by Grover - 5/18/13 at 9:22pm