napping ?'s for BTDT Mom's

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napping ?'s for BTDT Mom's
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Mon, 04-27-2009 - 12:45pm

Hi all,


More ?'s from me. Seems that all I have time to post these days.


Our twins are 3 mos old, or they will be this Thurs. Our daughter sleeps great at night. She will sleep right through til morning but she's having napping issues.


I try to catch her "sleepy" cues, rubbing eyes, yawning, etc. When I do I put her in the crib to nap as soon as I see them. When I don't I put her in her crib when I catch her sleeping. Usually she'll put herself to sleep if I catch her on time but then after that 1st phase of sleep she won't self soothe to put herself into that second phase. She will sleep 30-45mins and that's it.


Am I expecting too much from her? Should I expect her to only sleep 30-45 mins? Should I let her CIO and fall back to sleep, if I'm lucky? I am afraid this will disturb her twin brother sleeping in the crib next to her (his own crib). He can tolerate considerable noise, as can she, but I can't expect him to tolerate her screaming.


Any advise would be helpful. Thanks.

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Registered: 04-11-2007
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 2:01pm

Amanda - I am not sure I can really offer any help but wondering if for that particular nap, 45 min is all you're going to get.

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Registered: 07-02-2005
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 3:24pm

Amanda,


I don't have twins but I have a crappy napper.

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Registered: 01-08-2006
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 5:26pm
It's the anti-Weissbluth, but I'd put her in a swing. The motion might help her get through that 45 minute sleep cycle. Or rock her to sleep in a carseat, and you can rock her again when she starts to stir. We did all these things---and more!---when my kids were that age and then napped great when they were a bit older.

Rebecca
Mom to Daniel & Abigail 4/8/07


Rebecca


2005 5 IUIs + stims---all BFN
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8/06 FET #1 BFP. Boy/girl twins 4/07
1/10 IVF #2. BFP. Lost baby 4/10 at 11 weeks.
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Registered: 01-12-2004
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 7:53pm

If you wait until she is rubbing eyes and yawning it might be a bit late. She might be overtired and that's why she is having a hard time sleeping longer. It takes a while before they get on a good sleep/nap schedule though. And usually once you get used to their schedule, they change their habits again. :)
If my schedule allows it, I put Emma down for her first nap about 2 hours after she wakes up in the morning, which can be anything from 5:30 to 7. So by 8-9 she goes down for a nap, and that is without seeing any signs. She usually sleeps for 1.5-2.5 hours. Then she is up for 2-3 hours and I put her down for her second nap. Sometimes she will take a while to fall asleep in the afternoon, but it is usually because we have been out and about and busy and she needs time to settle down.




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Registered: 07-06-2007
Tue, 04-28-2009 - 8:57pm

HI!!!!
I've missed you here.
I'm sorry I have no advice for you as my child doesn't sleep. I just wanted to check in and say hi. Mine naps for 30 mins and I jsut go with it. ;)

Annie

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Registered: 04-06-2007
Wed, 04-29-2009 - 12:48am
Hey there! I can't believe your little ones are growing up so fast!! I can't imagine it with two but with Sara if she made it to eye rubbing and whatnot we were too late and it was going to be a fight to get her down. While I still watched for cues I switched to mainly watching the clock. Sara was a very standard 2 hour awake girl - that didn't mean that at 2 hours I started to sooth her to sleep that meant at 1.5 hours I started to feed, sooth swing etc - she would be out by the two hours and sleep anywhere from 45mins (usually when I didn't get to her son enough) to 2 hours. I didn't do CIO or anything close to it until she was much older (8months) and even then I didn't do it with naps on purpose - it kind of just worked its way down to naps from night time sleep. Maybe you could stagger the two kids by 15 mins to give you plenty of nap cross over but also allow you to sooth one and then the other? Good Luck and keep us updated - oh and some pictures would be nice!! LOL
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Registered: 09-05-2007
Wed, 04-29-2009 - 8:10am

Thanks guys for the advice.


I'm thinking that I'm probably expecting too much from her at 3 mos old. I can't believe they will be 3 mos old tomorrow. Time has flown by already.


Annie,


I miss you too girl. I miss all you girls. I am hoping that I will have/make more time soon to post more regularly. It's so hard to find the time.


Andi,


I know I need to post some pics. I will soon. Promise. Hopefully this week. They're cute little boogers.


Thanks guys.

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Registered: 05-31-2006
Wed, 04-29-2009 - 2:40pm
I am also the mom of a crappy napper -- but he's such a happy baby that I've decided it's ok.
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Registered: 01-11-2006
Wed, 04-29-2009 - 3:53pm

I have always had a good sleeper and a bad sleeper.

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Registered: 09-21-2001
Wed, 04-29-2009 - 10:10pm

Hi Amanda!

 


 


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