Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Down to two naps!

Joseph had been having trouble getting to sleep at night and during naps, so I figured it was time to go down to two naps from three. So far it's going well! He really slept a ton today - 2:15 in the morning and another 2 hours in the afternoon! Plus he's been asleep now for 3 hours without waking up! This is nothing to sneeze at, as the last two months he's been waking up every 45 minutes to an hour at night! I think I may have hit upon one possible reason!

So now we're loosely following a 2-3-4 routing - up for two hours before nap #1, 3 hours before nap #2, and then 4 hours before bed. Right now he tends to be up 2-3-3 or 2-4-3, but we don't get very rigid around here about schedules.

Yey for sleep!

Coincidentally, the new book Nurtureshock by Po Bronson has an interesting chapter on children and sleep. Basically, children who don't get enough sleep perform several GRADES below their ability. It also has long-term affects on the brain. I've been reading some of the different chapters in it (each chapter is a different topic) and it's really cool. Sort of like Freakonomics, but the topics are all about children. Check it out!


Kathy November 4, 2009 at 6:38 AM  

Did it take him a while to adjust to the new schedule?

Andrew has never had night awakenings, but his naps during the day suck. They are generally 40 minutes (sometimes 20, 30, occasionally an hour) and every once in a while he'll surprise us with a 2-3 hour nap.

I thought maybe he was ready for 2 naps, but the week we tried it, he was really fussy and his naps weren't any longer in duration, so he just got really, really tired.

So now we're back on (3) very short naps.

Jen November 4, 2009 at 7:50 AM  

he adjusted immediately - in fact, we'd accidentally done 2 naps a few times due to being out and about and he was fine, which led me to think that it could be time. Once he started taking 40+ minutes to get to sleep at night, I figured it was time and that he wasn't getting enough awake time before bed (2-2.5 hours).

Kathy November 4, 2009 at 8:20 AM  


Right now Andrew is exhausted by 6:00 (poor napping) and he goes to sleep very easily. I'll watch him and see when that changes.


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