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Old 04-03-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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Quick question about naps and bedtime for 4 month old

DD2 goes to bed around 6:15-6:30ish. However, lately her last nap has been ending around 3-3:30pm, so she starts getting really tired around 5pm. I'm hesitant to put her down this late when her bedtime is just around the corner so I've been keeping her up until 6.

Would it be better for me to give her a late nap and push her bedtime later? I LOVE the early bedtime, it makes it so much easier to give DD1 her bath and put her to bed when DD2 is asleep.

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Old 04-03-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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Re: Quick question about naps and bedtime for 4 month old

i guess i would say try it out. if she does well with a late cat nap (1/2 hour) and a later bedtime do it. but if you LOVE the early bedtime and its working keep it going. whatever works best for you.
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:51 PM   #3
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Re: Quick question about naps and bedtime for 4 month old

What if you met her halfway and let her go to sleep for the night at 5:30? It's not unheard of and I've read books and seen videos of professional sleep counselors actually recommending the bedtime ritual beginning with a 5:00 bath and then a feeding and then in bed for the night. Does her waking a little earlier pose a problem? If not, I'd try it! Especially where quality time with DD1 is at stake...you can't rush those good times!

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Old 04-03-2009, 06:56 PM   #4
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Re: Quick question about naps and bedtime for 4 month old

we had a similar pattern for a while around the same age. I let her have the late nap..and then she ended up going to bed a bit later..and then suddenly she went to 2 naps a day. around 9 and then again around 1. she goes to bed now between 630-7 she's almost 10 months. Trial and error worked for us...every bebe is so different!
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Re: Quick question about naps and bedtime for 4 month old

Funny thing. She napped until 4:20pm today but STILL started rubbing her eyes around 5:15. She must have an internal timer! I pushed her to 6 again but I think I may try the late nap option. The only problem is occupying my toddler while I put her down, but there are worse things...
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Re: Quick question about naps and bedtime for 4 month old

I say put her to bed earlier instead of taking the late nap. My dd is 3.5 months old and she goes to bed around 6, but sometimes she has been known to go to bed around 5:30. She sleeps until 3 or 4 am, eats, then goes back to sleep until 7 or 7:30.
Just curious...since our lo's are close to the same age, how many naps is your dd taking, when are they and for how long? For some reason my dd will only take 3 short naps around 9, 12, and 3 for like 30 to 60 minutes, but she is still crabby. I'm wondering if it is just a stage and if it will improve????
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