GENTLE, EFFECTIVE HELP FOR BABY CATNAPPING
Catnapping is a normal part of a baby’s development.
Catnapping is stressful because means there’s a lot of short naps and a pretty tired baby at the end of the day.
Here’s what we can do to help your baby get past the baby catnapping stage and stay asleep for longer.
WHY DOES BABY CATNAPPING HAPPEN?
Baby catnapping usually starts naturally around the 8 to 10 week mark. At this age babies have worked out the difference between day and night and their sleep cycles during the day change. They are now no longer sleeping as deeply during the day as they do at night.
Babies have shorter sleep cycles than their parents and catnapping happens when they wake after one cycle and can’t put themselves back to sleep.
What usually happens when a baby catnaps?
A lot of parents can fall into the trap of getting your baby up when they wake at the end of their first sleep cycle. But what happens is after you get them up they will get tired again after about 30 minutes or so. This means you will have to put them back down again sooner than you would have normally.
This can goes on all day and any kind of routine or structure goes out the window. Unfortunately, your baby will continue to catnap if this is what happens. It gets hard because there is no rhythm to the day as the baby is up, down, up, down and so on and everyone just gets confused, overtired and frantic!
Every day will be a bit different too because some days your baby might crash out with tiredness and sleep for 2 hours and then the next day you are back to 30 minute sleeps. For this reason it is really important to have structure and teach your baby to sleep for more than one sleep cycle.
The best way I find to teach a baby to sleep longer in the day is to resettle them back to sleep until they are due for to get up. A range of our products and services can help your baby get past this catnapping stage and stay asleep for longer – how long depends on their age. Because a more rested baby and a little time for you to take a breath while baby is asleep are better for the whole family.