Sleeping Like A Baby

Ava’s sleeping patterns have started to change and I strongly suspect that she’s in the transition phase from two naps a day to down to one. She’s almost 14 months old, so I reckon it was going to happen around now.

I’ve noticed in the last 3 weeks that her night time sleep has extended and she’s now sleeping a full 12 hours at night, sometimes longer. She goes down at around 18h45 and is sleeping till anywhere from 06h45 to 07h30. It is HEAVEN!

It’s funny how our levels of tolerance and appreciation change. In the early days, I thought I was in heaven when at around a month old, Ava dropped her 22h00 feed and I could get in a good few hours of good sleep between 21h00 and 02h00. Then just after the 6 week mark, she started dropping her 02h00 feed as well and at 12 weeks she started sleeping through consistently every night from around 19h00 till around 05h30, I thought I was in HEAVEN and of course couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have a baby that had such great sleeping patterns.

And once again I find myself counting my lucky stars that, especially on weekends, I can get a looong nights sleep and then I get to “lie in” sometimes as late at 07h30. For the Non-Mom’s out there, this probably seems like nothing but trust me, it is SUCH a treat.

Ava’s day time sleeps have also changed in the past 3 weeks, her morning naps have gotten very long, anything from 2 – 3 hours but she flat-out refuses her afternoon nap. We still put her down every afternoon but she lands up playing and talking to herself in her cot and after 40 minutes we land up picking her up. The problem of course, taking yesterday as an example, by 16h00, Little Missy is SO exhausted that she becomes completely impossible. She spent the bulk of her Aquatots lesson yesterday, doubled over backwards, gums bared, screaming bloody murder and trying to throw herself out of my arms! Can you say EMBARRASSING!!!!! When I told the other mom’s in the class that she was transitioning to one nap, they all nodded sympathetically and told me it had been a hell time for them to!

So from this week we have started with the slow process of moving her morning naps later and later. She’s now going down at 10h00 for her morning sleep, she’s too exhausted to go longer but we’ll slowly keep moving it till she’s eventually taking one nap a day over the middle part of the day and we don’t have to deal with a tired little monster by 4pm.

And we’ll continue to enjoy those Saturday morning “lie in’s”!

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  • Reply suestuart

    I’m so looking forward to a lie-in one day too :). Good luck with the transition, hope it goes smoothly.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Hanneke C

    A Sleep in until 7.30 is bliss isn’t it!! 🙂 I’m getting scared of the moment where my little girls will be big girls and have trouble getting out of bed before lunchtime! I guess I will just enjoy this stage!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply little29

    its amazing that during the week I literally have to wake my 3 year old up but as that arse murphy would have it come the weekend then he is wide awake bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6am!!! why why why!!!
    I have to add though my 3 year old still often has afternoon naps – I am trying to think back to when he was much younger – I am sure he dropped his morning sleep – never his afternoon sleep…

    February 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply To Love Bella

    OH yes! 07:30 is a MAJOR lie-in!! I am looking forward to those days. With Bella being a little sickies now with an ear infection, she’s sleeping until 06:10, which -for us – is a big lie in too!

    All the best with the sleep transition!!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:20 am
  • Reply Fiona

    She is a good little sleeper!
    I also dropped Zoe’s afternoon nap at about a year and we try and push her one nap until 11 or 12.

    Just to add 07:30 is a treat. Do you have dark curtains in her room?

    February 9, 2011 at 7:16 am
  • Reply darylfaure

    Sharon, while she is transitioning to one sleep, it helps to sometimes even put her down at 17:45 or 18:00 for her night sleep. It is difficult as you and W may not see too much of her then, but it helps prevent the overtiredness, and if she is anything like Dylan, she will still sleep until about 7am.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm
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