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How soon is too soon?

September 10, 2010

I’m pondering whether to offer Lady G the option of a single day sleep, rather than 2 naps morning and afternoon.  It seems way early to be doing this, but despite varying sleep times, cot vs pram etc for the last week she hasn’t slept more than 25 minutes in the morning (and another 1 or 2 of 25 in the afternoon), leaving her strung out and exhausted by bedtime.

At 10 months she’d be pretty early to do this, but they do say it depends on your child.  I came across these signs from The Sleep Lady, which I say yes to all 3 on:

Signs your child is ready to transition from two naps to one:
1.) your child is getting 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night
2.) your child is taking longer and longer to fall asleep for the morning nap
3.) your child takes an increasingly shorter morning nap or too long of a morning nap and refuses an afternoon nap. In the end, you feel stuck in the “one nap is not enough and two is too many” phase

This morning I delayed her morning sleep until almost 11, and it’s 12.50 and she’s still asleep which is a good 2 hour block.  Then again, she’s been not herself the past few days (an unexplained rash indicative of a viral infection, possible constipation etc) so it could be that her sleep has been disturbed because she’s feeling grot.

I might try the later nap time for a few days and see how we go.

Now about that constipation thing.  She’s only wanted to eat banana and wheetbix this week which I assume is the cause.  It’s been 3 days since anything moved, and she was a regular once a morning kind of gal.  Instead she’s whiny, has a tense lower belly and screams when we try to do a little bit of gentle leg bicycling etc, so I assume she’s feeling sore.  I am dreading having to take actions into my own hands so to speak, but she refused to eat prunes or apple this morning, so perhaps I will have to.  Crap (literally).  I’m poo comfortable, just not that comfortable.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2010 8:35 pm

    If she’ll eat it, pumpkin works really well as a stool softener (Vitnary Disclaimer – in dogs and cats anyway!)

  2. The Barreness permalink*
    September 10, 2010 8:41 pm

    Won’t eat anything – I think there’s toothypegs on the way as well. I ended up going the suppository route, much to her initial confusion and eventual surprise, but she seems more comfy now.

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