Catnapping – Julia’s story

baby in cot

Julia was the quintessential catnapper. She was a colicky baby and would only do 45min at the time, only rarely she would surprise us with a longer nap. The nights were not that bad and that’s what kept us going hoping for a change in her behaviour or what I ofter hear “she will grow out of it”.

She was not self settling and we had to rock her to sleep. During the day I used the Baby Bjorn as a way to settle her.
I soon found myself wandering around the streets of our neighbourhood to make her sleep, unable to sit, unable to rest, always on the move. My back started to get badly sore. I couldn’t have a minute for myself. I was exhausted.

I was referred to Tresillian and we went there for a couple of sessions but the situation didn’t improve. Julia was still not self settling and her sleep cycle got shorter meaning that she was only sleeping 35min instead of 45min.

I was really stressed because I knew that Julia could sleep more and wanted to sleep more but I didn’t know how to teach her to self settle and to move from one sleep cycle to the next one.

Karen was highly recommended by a friend and I decided to give her a go.

She connected with Julia right away but mainly she understood me, what I was struggling with and she gave me all the tools I needed to act and avoid the 4th month sleep regression.

She gave me back my confidence by teaching me how to read Julia’s signs and tired cues.

With her technique I saw dramatic results in the first week. Julia started to self settle and to move from one sleep cycle to the next one and Karen was there for us checking on the situation and answering my questions.

Julia is now a happier baby that loves her cot and her room and naps like a pro.

I would recommend Karen to all the parents that struggle with a baby because babies they do not grow out of catnapping but they can with Karen’s help.

Some further reading

How to recognise an overtired baby

How to manage an overtired baby

Preventing the dreaded 4 month baby sleep regression

A case of severe catnapping


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