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DS will be 4 months in a few days. He still wakes *several* times a night. I have noticed however that he likes to sleep a lot during the day and every afternoon he takes long naps -- about 4 hours on average. I have to nurse him back to sleep about two or three times at the beginning of this marathon nap, but then he keeps sleeping. Often until I wake him up. I was wondering if I should try to stop these long naps and maybe that would help him sleep longer at night? I don't really want to interrupt his sleep but I'm wondering if he has his days and nights confused. I'm not sure about that though because at night even though he wakes a lot he most always goes right back to sleep. Anyone else with a babe that has lengthy afernoon naps? I know I shouldn't be complaining, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I am reading The No Cry Sleep Solution and she says if your baby is only taking one big nap it should be early afternoon to help her sleep longer at night. You might find the book helpful.<br><br>
My babe takes a long afternoon nap IF I put her down at the right time (after nursing down), otherwise no nap at all. I'm trying to figure out how to extend her earlier catnaps and get her to nap not on me. She's snuggled up on me now as a matter of fact.
 

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Don't say it too loud<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was telling people about how great my dd slept during naps, and she stopped doing them for about a month! That being said, she still does a 3 hour in the afternoon, and even if it's close to bedtime she always gets tired more easily. And it's perfectly normal for a 4 mo to get up a couple of times at night, it will increase once he starts teething/ scooting. My vote is let them sleep! I do try when it gets to close to night time for my comfort to open the door and wash the dishes or something as my dd is a light sleeper. I think your ds is gearing up for the 5 mo growth spurt. My rule of thumb is once she has slept for 2 hours then it's up to her. I won't nurse her back to sleep after that. Though she will let me know when she doesn't want to be up, with a shreek of outrage <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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