Thursday, December 4, 2008

Nap Query for the Peanuts

The kids have started embracing the 11 pm dream feed.  I don't think it counts as a dream feed if Ned wakes up at 11 pm screaming for it.  And eating again at 2:40.  The kid is like clockwork - "must feed growing belly every 4 hours".  And Penny's all night sleep was a fluke but that's okay, I don't mind if my little one wants to eat more at night. 

But that is not the point of this post.  I have a nap question for my readers (aka Peanut Gallery).  The kids go down for a morning nap about 8:15/8:30 (they are up at 7 am).  Both kids wake up EXACTLY 45 mins from when they go to sleep.  [Ned does this for each nap and it is really, really annoying.]  But the problem is if I let them play they are really, really crabby because it was not enough sleep.  I've been sticking them in swings and it takes 15-20 mins to fall asleep and they usually sleep for another hour or so (or I make Ned swing in his swing anyway).  Does anyone have any suggestions how to extend the naptime while they are still sleeping?  They don't eat much for breakfast but neither seems hungry upon waking (well, Ned will eat but he always will eat) - their "scheduled" feeding is not until 11 am.  If I embrace the playing then they are too tired to eat.   

All suggestions are appreciated.  I'm waiting for my playdate to show up.  Julie is bringing Georgie for a visit and I made chocolate chip muffins (from a box) and I have coffee ready to brew.  If I can convince her to stay for a while I'm going to make us crab cake salads (left over from a dinner Husband made).  It's nice to feel a bit domestic.  

7 comments:

Goddess in Progress said...

Rebecca was a notorious 45-minute napper for a long time, and it drove me nuts!! Sometimes I think it's a question of playing with what time they go down (i.e. try a little earlier, or a little later). And sometimes I just think it's a crappy phase.

Forgive me if I'm saying something you already know, but I think 45 minutes is one complete "sleep cycle" in a baby. So, while some kids are simply in a lighter stage of sleep at the 45 minute mark, others (like my Rebecca) wake up entirely. Every now and then my spidey-sense told me I could get her to go back to sleep, and every now and then it worked. And sometimes playing with what time the nap took place seemed to help. But mostly, I don't think any of it was my doing, I think she just kind of grew out of it (eventually).

Of course, as I type this, I can hear them skipping their AM nap entirely. So sad for me... :-)

LauraC said...

White noise worked for us to extend naps. We had a CD called For Crying Out Loud with all types of white noise and experimented with it. But it had to be at super loud volume for Nate to settle down. Once they got older and it was wintertime, we had a humidifier running in their room so we stopped the white noise CD.

Lee said...

At that age it was whatever would work. We let her sleep in her swing to extend her nap times, white noise worked from day one, and we still use it. The sleeping in the swing was something that she defintely grew out of. She now sleeps like a dream; and often asks to go night night at nap and bed time. All kids are different, and the moment you find something that works, they are guaranteed to change it on you. Eventually they'll get better at it.

Rhonda said...

I've heard it referred to as the 45 min. intruder. I think I spent abut 2 weeks lingering nearby when the 45 min. intruder was due for his visit. I'd do WHATEVER it took to get the kids back to sleep. Rocking, walking, cuddling, swings, etc. After a few weeks, they just started sleeping through the 45 min. mark, but I my kids were older when it started to be a problem. They napped in their swings until they were 6 months old so it only became an issue when we transitioned to napping in their cribs.

Anonymous said...

I have to respond to this one. Do you know how lucky you are to get my grandson to nap for 45 minutes? He must not be taking after his father after all.

jerseygirl77 said...

We use white noise with the kids, still do, in fact.

I've never found a solution to the 45 minute wakeup. My kids would never go back to sleep on the occasions when they did that (luckily it was not all the time), so the nap would be over at that point. I have also heard, as Goddess mentioned, that 45 minutes is one sleep cycle. Hopefully this is just a phase that will pass.

JRowe said...

Wish I could have stayed for the crabcakes - but those muffins were TASTY.