Changing the nap routine
This week we are trying out a change in Arthur’s routine. We are going to test it out for a couple of weeks and see how it goes!
Arthur is almost 11 months now. His bed time is around 6:30pm and he goes to sleep really well but for around 2 months now he has been waking up between 4-5am most days and won’t go back to sleep. He has been having 2 naps a day which recently have been getting shorter, around 45 minutes at a time. This reduced from anything from 1 to up to 3 hours!
We have tried putting him to bed later and it has made no impact on his wake up times.
The other day Arthur had his first sleep and slept for around an hour. He then wouldn’t go to sleep in the afternoon so we kept him up and put him to bed at his usual time. He slept until 6! So we have decided that we are going to try changing the nap routine to one nap a day and see how he gets on.
Interestingly he has still been waking up after 45 mins-1 hour but if we lay him back down he then goes back off for another hour. To me it seems to make more sense that he has one really good sleep a day rather than 2 not so good ones. It also has an added bonus for me of a good chunk of time to get lots of stuff done!
Today we are on our 4th day. Its going pretty well. He has been waking up at half 5 which is still not great but it is a big improvement on 4am!
We have been getting Arthur to 10am and by that time he’s really tired so he goes to sleep in seconds. He’s then getting up around 12 and then going until bed time at 6:30. It’s not perfect right now because clearly he is really tired by nap time and bed time but I’m hoping that it will then mean that he starts sleeping until later in the morning. We may be at a phase where 2 naps are just that little too much but 1 is not quite enough!
This may be a bit of a dead end and a lot of wishful thinking on my part but I guess its worth a try!!
Have you tried anything similar to this? Did you have any luck? Or is this a no hoper?!