When sleep habits are quite habitual, and everybody is tired, it can feel quite overwhelming to tackle everything at once. You could try addressing the easy things first, and re-assess your progress.
Wake Windows can be a game changer for most families I work with, they can also be a great deal of anxiety for others, they are surprisingly not evidence-based, there is no research or evidence that tells us how long naps should be, how many naps a baby should have at a certain age or how long they can cope with being awake between naps, known as Wake Windows, Nap Gaps or Awake Windows
During my 5 years as a sleep professional, I’ve gotten used to people asking me what the “secret” is to getting a baby to sleep through the night.
Oh no – no more nap! While a lot of parents live in fear of removing their child’s nap, there are a lot of benefits to it. Not only are you not tied to your house in the middle of the day, but if bedtimes have become a battle for hours at a time and your child is 2.5-3.5 it can the answer you are looking for.
Hands up if this sounds familiar…
Your fussy baby finally falls asleep for her afternoon nap and you sit down for a much needed moment to yourself only to hear the postman bang at the door. Just like that, Sleeping Beauty is wide awake and mad… NOT a good combination. Or maybe you live in the country and you’re awoken at dawn by a wailing infant who has adorable (but ridiculously loud) birds chirping outside her window.
It's not always obvious when a child is getting tired... Here's how to recognize "sleep signs" so you can get your child to bed BEFORE they become overtired!
The following question is from Trish, who wrote:
"Help! Why can’t I recognize my three-month-old’s sleep signs? No yawing, no eye rubbing. She seems to go from quite happy to very upset in a split second and then it takes awhile to settle her down and get her to sleep."
One of the nicest transitions I experienced with my Son was when we decided to consolidate his two short daytime naps into one big one, right in the middle of the day.
I can’t deny it, I loved the time off in the middle of the day. He went from sleeping an hour and a half in the morning, and a little less than that in the afternoon, to sleeping around 2.5 hours a day, right smack dab in the middle of the afternoon.
Oh what to do when your child needs a nap and it’s snowing a blizzard outside with ankle deep snow?
For some people they will be thinking – what is she talking about why would the weather outside matter to nap times….right, BUT if you get this, you know what I am talking about! Your babe wont sleep unless motion, car ride or buggy and you need to keep moving at a steady pace or he wakes up.
Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar…
Your baby wakes up in the morning after a solid night’s sleep. You feed her, change her, play with her for a little bit, take her for a little walk outside, then rock her to sleep and put her gently into her crib for her morning nap.
And then, 30 minutes later, she wakes up fussy and irritable and, despite your pleading, bargaining, and offers of riches, refuses to go back to sleep.