We’ve been really lucky in terms of getting sleep in our house since Kade has arrived. He started sleeping through at 10 weeks old and whilst he was always a cat napper during the day (he hardly ever slept for longer than max 40 mins in the day time) we weren’t too phased by this as he always slept really well at night. And any mother will tell you night-time sleep is golden.
As he’s grown and developed we’ve got into a really good routine sleep wise. It’s worked for us and for him and we were all (bar the odd night here and there due to teething or hitting major milestones) getting the rest we needed to function properly. Even on his best nights it seemed like Kade had inherited his father’s gene’s, he would wake up 05h30 for 06h00 going for 10 – 11 hour stretches and only ever slept for 12 hours ONCE.
Until recently that is.
This past weekend Kade skipped his afternoon nap and he slept 12 hours straight through from 19h00 to 07h00. I was in heaven. And then he had his afternoon nap again on Tuesday and went back to his 10.5 hour stretch. The only thing that changed was that he had an afternoon nap.
I wondered to myself perhaps we needed to drop the afternoon nap because to get him to sleep in the afternoon? It’s ALWAYS a huge fight. He cries and kicks and screams like we are murdering him and we end up almost always having to wake him from his afternoon nap cos I don’t like him to sleep after 16h00 as this seriously affects his night-time sleep.
So last week for two days we’ve conducted an experiment of sorts. We’ve stretched his morning nap time to later in the morning and have dropped the afternoon nap. On the first day he slept for 2 hours 15 minutes for his morning nap, went down as normal for the night and slept right through till 05h50 with NOT a peep. Now he often wakes at night and talks to himself or plays in his cot for anywhere between 20 mins to an hour (sometimes an hour and a half!!) and then goes back to sleep on his own.
On the 2nd day he slept for 2 hours and went down as normal for his night-time sleep and slept till 05h00 where he woke up crying, Cliff went down to soothe him and he fell back asleep within 5 minutes and woke up again at 07h00.
It definitely seems like my boy is ready to drop that afternoon nap. All I’m hoping is that this 12 hour stretch continues as it has been and that I am able to “sleep in” until 07h00 on the weekends.
Here’s to sleep, glorious sleep! Long may it last 😉