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#1 greenwich

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:40 PM

We are currently attempting "operation one day sleep" with mixed results.

I was wondering, for those bubs that do one day sleep, do they have their sleep before or after lunch?

I am a bit confused, as I wanted her longer awake period to be in the afternoon (to hopefully give a good night sleep) which means the sleep will be mid-late morning. But then, I figure, she's going to sleep better on a full tummy. My little one is not the best day sleeper so we're trying a few different things to see what works, but I was just wondering what works for other people.

Also, approximately when did your bub go to one day sleep and how long do they sleep for?

J is 12 months old, and seems ready for one sleep but we've gone from 2 x 1hr sleeps to 2 x 1/2 hour sleeps (which is when I thought I'd try one day sleep) to 1 x 1 hr sleep and it just doesn't seem like enough sleep.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:54 PM

I can't remember his exact age he started only having one sleep, but currently at 2y1m DS goes down for his day sleep between 11:00 - 11:30. He has a snack before hand and his lunch when he wakes up. I also know some parents who feed lunch at 11 and a snack when they wake. His sleep time varies according to how tired he is but it's between 1.5-3 hours.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:59 PM

Dane went to 1 day sleep around 11 months. We had a few issues to start with as he would only sleep for 40mins-1hr but he now goes down anywhere from 12.30-1.30pm, he sleeps for 1hr- 2hrs.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:06 PM

When Zoe was a little younger (closer to 12 months old) I would give her lunch around 10.30-11 and then put her to sleep by 11.30-12. Now I do lunch at 11 and she's asleep by 12.30 (if she decides on that day she will have a sleep).

A lot of people on here have said "sleep induces sleep". I watched a news article on a Tresillian conference yesterday and one of the nurses there said the same thing. Having an early afternoon sleep will not necessarily mean they won't go to bed at their normal time.

So long as Zoe is awake by 4 she has no real problem with going to bed at 8pm.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:16 PM

The majority of children I know who have 1 day sleep do so in the afternoon, after lunch.

Ben is 15 months old and still has 2 day sleeps (totalling 2.5-4 hours) and doesn't look to be ready to give 1 of them up any time soon - which is fine by me, a well rested boy = a happy boy = a happy mummy biggrin.gif
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:44 PM

I think with both of mine, I started the one sleep early (about 11am, with a snack or even lunch before) and then gradually moved it back until they were going to sleep somewhere around 1-2pm. Both of mine could sleep for anything up to 3 hours, wake up at 4 and be back in bed asleep at 7.30 and sleep all night.

Most people I know are the same - mornings are for activities and afternoons are for sleep.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:50 PM

QUOTE(Mel B @ Jun 7 2011, 01:44 PM) View Post

I think with both of mine, I started the one sleep early (about 11am, with a snack or even lunch before) and then gradually moved it back until they were going to sleep somewhere around 1-2pm. Both of mine could sleep for anything up to 3 hours, wake up at 4 and be back in bed asleep at 7.30 and sleep all night.


This is us, started earlier but now Jackson goes down around 1pm and sleeps for 1.5 to up to 3 hours depending. He's usually awake by 4 and then goes to bed by 7:30pm. He sleeps 12 hours overnight
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:56 PM

Thanks everyone. Its good to see the different things that work for everyone.

QUOTE(sjm @ Jun 7 2011, 12:59 PM) View Post

Dane went to 1 day sleep around 11 months. We had a few issues to start with as he would only sleep for 40mins-1hr but he now goes down anywhere from 12.30-1.30pm, he sleeps for 1hr- 2hrs.

This is exactly what is happening to us in the transition period - 40 minute naps, which mean she's a terror come dinner time as she's just so tired, but refuses to nap late in the afternoon. Its good to know it settles down.

QUOTE(beachgurl @ Jun 7 2011, 01:06 PM) View Post

A lot of people on here have said "sleep induces sleep". I watched a news article on a Tresillian conference yesterday and one of the nurses there said the same thing. Having an early afternoon sleep will not necessarily mean they won't go to bed at their normal time.

So long as Zoe is awake by 4 she has no real problem with going to bed at 8pm.

I wish this was the case for us. She seems to have this internal clock that won't go to sleep unless she's been up for a certain amount of time. The few occasions she had a longer afternoon nap, she wouldn't go to bed until an hour or two after her normal bedtime, despite being tired and whingy and making tired signs. Although maybe this is something that improves with age?

QUOTE(Cole29* @ Jun 7 2011, 01:16 PM) View Post

The majority of children I know who have 1 day sleep do so in the afternoon, after lunch.

Ben is 15 months old and still has 2 day sleeps (totalling 2.5-4 hours) and doesn't look to be ready to give 1 of them up any time soon - which is fine by me, a well rested boy = a happy boy = a happy mummy biggrin.gif

Oh, I would LOVE this much daysleep. Can your Ben please tell my J his secrets laugh.gif .

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:59 PM

Lily was about 13-14 months when we transitioned to the 1 day sleep. I would try to encourage just the one sleep, but if she was really tired then I would put her to bed. I found going out and doing activities helped to keep her awake through the morning, if we were just at home I found she would get cranky and want to go to sleep.

I started by giving her an early lunch, or if we were out I would give her lunch while out as she would fall asleep on the way home. And would then give her afternoon tea not long after she woke.

I do remember that when we first started doing the one sleep they often wouldn't be very long but she eventually sorted herself out and will usually have a longer sleep (1.5-2 hours)

Even now at 19 months she usually has lunch at 11:30 and in bed by 12ish.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:00 PM

QUOTE(greenwich @ Jun 7 2011, 01:56 PM) View Post

Oh, I would LOVE this much daysleep. Can your Ben please tell my J his secrets laugh.gif .


Sure thing, I'll get him to give her a buzz to chat he he he

I definitely know I am lucky to still be getting this much sleep though so I will enjoy it for as long as it keeps happening.

I think Mel B has a good point too, if I think about it more I am sure most of my friends started the 1 day sleep earlier and then it progressively became later in the day as the child got older and was able to stay awake through the morning and lunch etc.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:11 PM

Liam is 2 years, 3 months old and has one day sleep usually 1/2 an hour after his lunch. So around 12.30/1pm. He will sleep anywhere from 1-3 hours and still goes to bed at 8pm no matter how long he sleeps for.

I think it was around 16-18 months he decided he didnt want his afternoon nap anymore, so he was only having a morning nap around 9.30am, but over time it got a little later so by about 20 months he wasnt going down till 10.30am then by about 2 it was more like 11.30 and now it can be as late as 1.30pm.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:35 PM

Since Abi started having 1 day sleep many months ago, she has always been ready for bed between 11 and 11:30am. She will sleep for approximately 2 hours. Then I find she happily stays up until 7pm for bed, and easily goes off to sleep once we put her into bed.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:26 PM

Angus went from 2 sleeps to 1 at around 13-14 months for memory. He was definitely over 1 but he went through a week here or there from about 11 months where he would do 1 sleep a day. I think it was a transition period. So I really went with his signs there for a while. 1 day sleep usually meant lunch was around 11 and he often went to bed at around 11.30. He is now going to bed at around 12-12.30 and has 1.5-2.5 hours. More often then not it is 1.5 hours. On a good night we clock up to 12 hours overnight.
I think moving to 1 sleep can really be going with their signs regarding food and sleep and just juggling the various needs.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:42 PM

When we first stated the transition to 1 day sleep it was at 11am. I gave 1/2 lunch before bed (savoury stuff) and 1/2 lunch after bed (fruit and finger foods). We moved the sleep time out pretty quickly and after a couple of months he was on 12pm and having full lunch before bed at around 11:20am.

I found it took awhile to stretch out to longer sleeps too because they have become used to having shorter sleeps in the lead up to the transition. Charlie took around 2 months to get out to having some 2 hour sleeps but has never slept longer than that in the day. But then he has never had as much sleep as they say he should have at various ages either.
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:17 AM

When he started moving to one day sleep he was sleeping from 10am to around 12.30-1pm. Now he has lunch at 11 with a bottle and his down for his nap most of the time 11.30-12 and proceeds to sleep for1-3 hours (3 hours is a rare occurance *most* of the times its 2 horus) and he is usually in bed by 6.30 and asleep by 7.15 the latest.

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