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#1 of 3 Old 01-27-2003, 08:04 AM - Thread Starter
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My darling dd (9 mo) seems to be transitioning herself to one nap a day and this is ruining the good thing we had going at night!! Until a few days/nights ago, she would take 2 naps totalling around 2-21/2 hrs and sleep at night at least one good stretch of 4-6 hrs. Since she has dropped the moring nap (she will fall asleep at the breast but as soon as I put her down as I always did she is awake). Her afternoon nap is stretching out to 2-3 hrs. She has been waking at night about every 2 hrs or less and taking MUCH longer to get back down. It used to take less than 5 mins to get her back to sleep, now its about 20 minutes. I want my sleep again!!

Any suggestions? We had done NCSS and I feel like I am going to have to start over!!

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This could just be a temporary phase. My DD has gone through a couple phases of her sleep patterns changing, but they haven't lasted more than a few weeks, usually less.

One suggestion if possible: when my DD hasn't napped well I will wait until she falls asleep (usually nursing) and then just sit down with her. She sleeps much longer if she's held during her nap, and that is generally enough to make up for a poor napping day.

Give it another week before you try manipulating her sleep much, because it may be a short-lived phase.

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I agree, probably just temporary while she's working out the new routine. I should also add, that every once in a while, my son who is now two will go through periods like this--it takes longer to get him back down at night. The reasons probably vary and they aren't always clear but many times, I can attribute it to him just going through a "need mommy more right now" phase. He usually works through them rather quickly (a matter of days) and goes back to the usual quick to resettle routine.

Hang in there!

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