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#1 of 6 Old 06-17-2003, 11:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DS sleeps for a 10-12 hour stretch and then takes two or three 20 minute naps. Yes twenty minutes for sure! I have timed them. He has done this for months. Does anyone else have babes that nap like this?
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Cole used to be like this - now he is better, although he still goes through phases when he'll take several mini-naps throughout the day. Sometimes he also will take a big 2-3 hour nap around noon, and then not want to sleep for the rest of the day. This would be fine except he's so young, he still really can't go more than 4 hours or so without geting completely overtired. I don't think there's a whole lot you can do - you could try keeping him awake a little longer between naps, but if you overdo it he'll get hyper and not be able to wind down, as I'm sure you know. I have just learned to accept Cole's erratic napping as a fact of life. : Whenever I feel like I wish he would just take a decent nap already fer Chrissakes, I remind myself that "they" say that kids who don't nap a lot are supposedly very intelligent. Apparently they are not so intelligent that they know they should sleep when they are tired, LOL. Just kidding.
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We have the exact same problem. DD has been doing this since birth, although she's now down to 2 30 min naps during the day and 1 one hour nap around dinner time. She's 9 mos now.
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My dd (11 months now) did this until she was about 10 months old and still does it from time to time. I just considered myself lucky that she was sleeping so long at night, so I didn't mind the short naps. Happily, now she is taking two one-hour-long naps and still sleeping at night. I've never really been a nap enforcer. I look for signs that she's sleepy and then I put her down. It's too much of a fight to try to get her to take a nap if she's not tired (IMO).
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Yup! Goo sleeps 11-12 hours at night and will take 1 nap a day. At daycare, it is a 40 minute nap. For us at home, a 2.5 hour nap.

But, it is only 1 nap a day. She's been doing this since she was 8 months old.
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Thanks Mamas! It's nice to know I'm not alone. I actually don't mind that he sleeps this way. Whatever works for him.

My first ds would take two, two hour naps. I was able to do my housework in spurts. It allowed me to refresh and get breaks and time to myself to recharge my energy. It was harmony.

With this one I have to get all my work done when I first get up or wait and do the bulk of it when dh gets home from work. During his short naps I get a few minutes to recharge and relax, but there is absolutly no time for anything else. Our rythem is just different.
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