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  • Emma H

    June 6, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    Hey Monique!

    It’s been a while!

    My family is doing well. My youngest was sick last week with another cold that turned into bronchitis (childcare germs are constant at the moment 😂). The poor thing sucked her fingers so much that she got a small infection, which meant I had to put a bandaid on it to stop her sucking it. On the bright side, this weaned her off finger-sucking to fall asleep, so it turned out okay in the end.

    I hope you and your family are well!

    It’s so good to hear that your little one has got her self-soothing sorted overnight and has given up the dummy! That can be really tricky, so well done!

    Before I give you strategies to help with daytime naps, could you update me on what her day looks like? Specifically:

    • What time does she wake up in the morning?
    • What time does she nap, and how long are her naps?
    • What time does she go to sleep at night?
    • What is her nap routine?
    • Where is she sleeping for her naps – so what’s the environment like, is it the same place she sleeps overnight?
    • What is the bedtime routine and how are you settling her to sleep at this time?

    When she wakes from a 30-minute nap, you can try to rock her back to sleep, but it’s likely she won’t fall back to sleep, since the short nap has lowered her sleep pressure (the driver for naps), and she’s no longer tired. If you want to try to rock her back to sleep, set a time limit of 10-15 minutes. If she doesn’t fall asleep in that time, get her up and start the next wake window. It’s also perfectly fine to get her up and start the next wake window when she initially wakes.