Waketime Lengths: A Quick Fix For Short Naps

Today, my friends in The Babywise Friendly Blog Network are writing on one of the most frustrating topics there is to deal with as a Mama: short naps. Sometimes called the "45 Minute Intruder" or the "pull-my-hair-out" nap. If you've experienced it, you know the desperation to find a fix. Hopefully today, you can find some good insight and wisdom from Mamas who have been there and dealt with this issue first hand. (Look for links at the bottom of the page).

If you are dealing with Short Naps, I think the first thing you have to rule out is a hunger issue. "Is my baby hungry?" Always feed your baby if they are hungry. If you try to feed your baby and they only snack or don't eat, then you can probably rule out hunger being the problem. (If they do eat a full feeding, consider adjusting his or her schedule or consider that it could be a growth spurt.)

After you have ruled out the hunger issue, it's time to consider waketime lengths. This is often (not always, but often) a quick fix for short naps.

Shortening Waketime

The most likely and common reason for a baby waking early from naps is that they are awake too long before the nap and are overstimulated. With two of my babies, I had to work through the intruder. When Shepherd was two months old, he went through a two-week period where he would only nap for 45 minutes at a time. I felt like I was trying everything (the swing, rocking back to sleep, not hungry, etc...) until I read a blog post on Val's blog about sleep cues. I started watching for Shep's cues and discovered he gave them to me 20 minutes earlier than I was putting him down for a nap. I can still remember thinking "there's no way this is going to work, it will mess up our whole schedule for the day", but I put him down earlier and it worked right away; he slept for 2 and half hours.

It goes against common sense to say more sleep equals more sleep, but it's true and it often works. Sleep begets sleep. So, if you havn't tried it, try cutting back on waketime 15-20 minutes. It could be just the trick.

Lengthening Waketime 

After you have eliminated a hunger issue and tried shortening waketime (and I mean really tried... like for 3 -5 days of shorter wake times... some babies take a little bit longer to adjust), you might want to try the opposite.... lengthening waketime.

My fourth baby, Archer, had short naps for what felt like forever. Weeks and months is not an exaggeration. Some of you have been there. Maybe you're there now. One of the things I finally figured out was that I actually needed to lengthen his awake time. I didn't try this for a long time because I just knew and knew that more sleep equals more sleep. But it did not work for him. So I tried the opposite, almost as a "Hail Mary" just to eliminate it from my ideas list. I started with 15 minutes, but ended up lengthening his awake time by 30 minutes. It was not a quick fix that day, but after several days of trying it, he slowly started napping longer little bit by little bit, until he was napping 2 hours at a time. It probably took 2 weeks to get there though. It is worth trying! Just remember to give it a fair shot and be consistent with whatever you try for a few days before you try something new!

You can read a little bit more details about how we conquered the 45 minute intruder with Archer in this post: Conquering the 45 Minute Intruder.

Hang tough Mamas! IT WON'T LAST FOREVER. Somehow some day they will nap or worst case: they will grow to big to need it anyway. I know it doesn't feel like it, but it's true.

Be sure and check out these posts for even more ideas and wisdom about getting rid of these nasty short naps!

Chronicles of a Babywise Mom: What to Do when Your Baby is Taking Short Naps (The First 5 Things to Check)

Mamas Organized Chaos: How To Avoid Short Naps

Team Cartwright: Dealing With Short Naps With Twins

Twinning Babywise: Naps "By The Clock"

The Moses Home: Short Naps

Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

Favorite Blog Posts {Show and Tell Tuesday}

It's show and tell Tuesday and today I'm linking up with the Momfessionals blog sharing my favorite blog posts!

Kyle and I originally started this blog when we went on staff with a Missions org as a way to keep our ministry partners up to date with what was going in our life.We found some more efficient ways to communicate with ministry partners and this blog pretty quickly evolved into a way for me to chronicle the adventures of our family and served as a sort of "baby book" for me. This place became my place... my little corner of the world to house pictures of my favorite peopleand a place to journal and get words out my head and out into the world. I love it here and love having you here with me. 

Laura Kate Wiley broke me in GOOD for mommy-hood. She earned her nickname "the Sasster". The twos and threes with this girl REALLY "special". Also, they were hilarious. One of my all-time favorite Sasster stories was that day she escaped out the front door only partially clothed....

When Shepherd started showing signs of developmental delays as a baby, I felt really alone. People talk a lot about the things their kids to right and how they excel, but not as much about the things that they struggle with. I wanted to be honest about where we were with Shepherd and my thoughts and fears as a mom. The response was overwhelming, as people came out of the woodwork talking about their own experiences with delays in their children and it made me feel less vulnerable and like there was a support system here.  This article is still one of the most read articles on this blog. 

If there was a time I could say that I ever felt or heard an audible voice from the Lord is was this day. There has yet to be a more life-changing moment from the Lord for me or a more specific charge from the one I received from Him on this day. I will remember this as the most defining (up to the point) day in my parenting. It's the day I moved from defensive parenting to offensive parenting. It's my favorite post I have ever written, and one of my favorite things I've ever experienced in the first place. 

Last year, I wrote a post about a "A Day In The Life of Me"! I loved it and will probably do another one this year too. Here's Last Year's

Another reason I love this blog is that it has been a safe place for me to grieve and get my thoughts out as I have processed different losses that I've experienced in my life. While my circumstances were not my favorite things to write about, the posts themselves were therapeutic for me and became a favorite because it was a place to get my feelings and heaviness out. Here are some posts I have written about or in times of grief:

My most popular, most read blog post of all time on this blog is about Conquering the 45 minute intruder or the short naps with your babies. Y'all. I FEEL YOU. I know exactly why this post is so popular. When you are there, you want to know ANYTHING to try to fix it. It will drive you MAD. Here's the post if you havn't read it yet: 
(Also, check back here on Thursday of this week, because the ladies in the Babywise Blog Network are exploring this topic in detail and I'll share all the links with you!)

Another favorite were my Pregnancy Posts. I have been pregnant approximately 172 weeks of my 32 years of life. Thats 3.29644 years or 1,204 days of my life, if anyone's counting. You can read some about those weeks here: 

Fischer's Birth Day was one of the scariest of my life, but also one that I felt the most loved and taken care of. My sweet blog readers are among those as I received so many encouraging messages and prayers from people reading and following his story. The story of his birth is a favorite of mine and a popular one among readers here. 

Whether you've been along the journey of all these posts or are reading for the first time today, thanks for being here and for being part of my family's lives! Blog friends are the best!

For even more favorites, click on the "Favorites" tab at the top of the page! 

Read my past Show and Tell Tuesday Posts here:

Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

My Favorite Quick Service Food at Walt Disney World

I tell people all the time that everything at Disney World is my favorite, and the FOOD ranks pretty high on my list of Favorites. Before our last trip, I did a good bit of research of all of the food options so I could have a good plan going in. The trip before, I felt overwhelmed by options and didn't know what was better and wished I had a better plan. I came home and felt like I missed out. This last time, however, the food was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

Magic Kingdom:

Pot Roast Macaroni and Cheese at The Friar's Nook

This little Nook is located in Fantasyland right around the corner from the Carousel and in between Princess Fairytale Hall and Winnie The Pooh.

I like to think of myself as a Mac 'n Cheese connoisseur, and I can without question say that this is the best Mac 'n Cheese I've ever had in my life. I don't think I can over-sell this one. It's a great use of a quick service credit on your dining plan and I just don't see yourself regretting it unless you hate mac 'n cheese or pot roast.

They also serve BBQ Chicken Mac 'n Cheese and Original with Panko Bread Crumbs. See the full menu here.

The one down side to the Friar's Nook is that seating is pretty limited. It might be best to get it and find seating elsewhere in the park, or be prepared to wait for a table to free up.


Fish and Chips at Yorkshire County Fish Shop

This shop is located just inside the England Pavilion in the World Showcase. The seating area is right by the lake, and when we were there (around 11:30 am) it was a really peaceful and not super crowded.

It was delicious and they serve it HOT and fresh. If you are trying to stretch dining credits, this is a great place to do that at. Each entree has 2 fairly large pieces of fish and "chips" (fries). Everyone in our group loved it, even those not too keen on fish.

Animal Kingdom

Harambe Market

The Harambe Market is located in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom on your way to the Safari. It is street-style African cuisine with 4 different walk-up windows. From people who have been to Africa, I was pretty impressed with the authenticity represented. From the food to the venue, it felt like stepping into Africa.

The seating area is a little bit larger than most and it was not difficult to find a table. Most tables have large umbrellas, so it is also a nice place just to sit and have a break in the shade.

There is a good bit of variety to order from: Sausages, Ribs, Tikka Masala, Chicken Skewers, and Flat Bread Gyros (which is what I had which was very tasty!).

Find the full menu here.

Hollywood Studios

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner

This little cutie is located on Echo Lake across from Animation Courtyard. I had the Mac 'n Cheese with Pulled Pork (see? I just love it so much!) while Kyle had the Chili Cheese Hot Dog. Like the Friar's Nook, seating is limited (though not quite as bad).

See the full menu here.

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Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

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