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A little over a week ago, Kaitlyn started waking up from her naps early. I gave it a couple of days to see if it was a fluke before I started troubleshooting. Here was my process.
- I went through a list of things I thought it could be. My first idea was that she was working on crawling and that she was staying up to practice that rather than sleep, then was too tired to sleep through the nap once she woke. While this was a possibility, I thought it should end after a few days and didn’t. So while it could have had an effect, it wasn’t the only culprit.
- I wondered if she was ready to extend her wake time. As a 9 month old, she is only up for 1.5 hours, which isn’t long. So I extended it. Even worse. She went down to 30 minutes of sleep. Not the right solution.
- Finally, I realized something. It has been really cold here at night (below 0). My husband leaves for work by 6 AM, so the thermostat was set to our daytime level at 5:15. Because of how cold it is, the heater is on constantly, which just made Kaitlyn’s room really hot because it is a small room. Therefore, she was waking up early in the morning, but she is quiet when she wakes up so I didn’t know until I turned her monitor up and had it with me. She was waking at 7 instead of 7:30, and I was putting her down at 9. We switched the heating times around, and that has fixed it. She is no longer waking early, so she is getting to bed at the right time, not over-tired, and back to sleeping for her whole nap. All is well!
- Lindsay said…
Wow, cool. My problem is that naps only last for 45 minutes (45 minute intruder??) How long does that last? He’s been doing this for a while now. I’m a first time mom, so I will be first to admit that I don’t really know what I am doing! Who knew about wake time, sleep time, how many naps etc…nobody told me any of this?? :o) Everything I know is from what I’ve read, but every book is different…(p.s. thanks again, i LOVE your blog! Do you mind of I share it with my other mom friends?)
January 16, 2008 7:05 PM
The nap thing will last until either you figure out the reason for it happening or your baby outgrowing the problem. It is hard your first time through–no doubt!With my first, he took 45 minute naps until he was about 6.5 months old. I am still not sure what made him start sleeping longer–it literally happened in the middle of a day one day. With my second, I have been able to work through problems fast because I have experience. But don’t feel bad–that is part of what makes a first a first!Tell away! I am happy to have you share the blog with others.
January 16, 2008 9:07 PM