E.H. asks from Los Angeles, CA on March 19, 2007
10 Month Old Waking up Too Much
My 10 month old has a very inconsistent sleeping pattern. At night there are times where he will wake up once to breastfeed, other times 2. Lately he is geting up every 3-4 hours. He had been sleeping longer before so I don't know why its getting worse rather than better. Oh yes maybe I should mention that he has outgrown the bassinet so he sleeps with me. We live in a one bedroom house so we don't have room for a crib. Our 5 yr. old had a little room that used to be the wash room. She had a todler bed in there, but she just outgrew it too. Now we are thinking of getting a bunkbed for the kids but the 10 month old would still be to young for that, so we are having a hard time deciding what to do. Any advice would be great.
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D.S. answers from San Francisco on March 21, 2007
Might I suggest an 8 oz bottle of milk mixed with oatmeal or rice cereal. Make it thick enough to stick to his tummy at night. Give him a warm bath with some of that comforting baby bath wash stuff followed by some comforting lotion. I have used this on all my children and they have slept very well since they were wee bitty things.
As for him sleeping with you. Some children are slower than others to get out of your bed. Trust me, I have five kids and four of them slept with me till they were almost two. When I decided it was time to transition them, I put them in their own beds after they fell asleep and added a few pillows just to make them feel they were in my bed. My 15 month old is now going through her transition. She and my 3 yr old share a room with these cute bunk beds that aren't too high from the floor. The 1 yr old is on the bottom with a bed rail attached. The top bunk is secure enough for the three year old but even she gets an extra rail. We also have a crib mattress on our floor for the sick.
K.B. answers from Bakersfield on March 21, 2007
well first off its gonna be hard transitioning the 2 to one room . But the baby wakes up because he is conditioned to do so I also had the same problem the pediatrician told us it may take a couple times but no more feeding in the night . Let the baby cry a while then about 5 to 10 minutes go comfort the baby let it know that your near by maybe let baby fall asleep in bed first but its bed time soon the baby will willingly sleep throguh the night and wake up in the morning to eat . The bunk bed is a great idea make sure there is a rail on top so the 5 year old can not roll off and start there when the baby is sleeping more throguh the night or if you feel the baby will not wake the five year old up invest in a side rail for the bottom and im pretty sure the baby will be fine . But the longer you keep the baby in your room the harder it will be to transition ! Its really about routine also maybe a bath and a book to let the baby know ok its almost bed time and make sure that baby goes to bed on a full tummy . I used to mix the baby food with rice or if your willing to give baby table food already .
K.H. answers from San Diego on March 22, 2007
Check out Dr. Sears' "Baby Book." He offers many techniques to help you and your baby during the night. He is a wonderful doctor who believes in loving and nurturing your baby throughout development. What mom would disagree with that approach? It is such a natural inclination for us all, but I know we get afraid of spoiling. He is a successful pediatrician, married to a nurse, and they have five successful children who have all become doctors/nurses and have families of their own. They must have done something right! :) I could never let my baby just cry and he doesn't think it is necessart either. -Just another option for you.
M.V. answers from Modesto on March 20, 2007
For one thing, how many naps does your ten month old take during the day? It could be he is taking too many, and therefore getting too much sleep during the day. Is he fussy when he's waking up in the middle of the night? How are his normal body functions? (ie diaper related functions) Also could he be teething?
As for a bed for him right now with the space you have I would suggest getting a pack n play/playpen. If you are concerned with him climbing out or if it becomes an issue you can always get a net tent piece for it that goes over the top (think like a pup tent but made out of netting).
J.W. answers from San Francisco on March 21, 2007
I would definitely try getting a Pack 'N Play or a crib from Ikea (they are MUCH smaller than "regular" cribs but still big enough). That might fit in your room or with your daughter. I think kids sleep better in their own beds (once you pass that initial first stage if they want to be with you!). Good luck.
T.B. answers from Sacramento on March 21, 2007
Hi 10 mo old waking up too much.
I have a 10 mo old as well and just heard from the pediatrician that their sleeping patterns are going through a big change again. Their first few months of waking up are hunger and restlessness where as the change is now because the baby needs comfort in the night. Start regulating naps during the day (1 hour in the am and 1 hour in the afternoon) it will help a ton. I remember my baby's pediatrician stating he didn't need to be fed in the night anymore. It's more as a comfort to us mom's. It worked just rocking him back to sleep (took about a week, but worked).
I think it's way past time for the bassinett and could be one reason the baby is waking (due to a comfort level)..I would try to get a crib...and fit it however it'll fit in the home. It's more of a safety issue with the bassinett. Talk to your dr, and get some rest! Hang in there...You'll make it.
C.F. answers from Sacramento on March 21, 2007
You may try a playpen to put him in for sleep. It doesn't take up as much room and tends to be cheaper. You can put it in the corner of your room. Thats what my husband and I did when we only had one room.
C.S. answers from San Francisco on March 21, 2007
My 7 1/2 month old is teething, and his sleep schedule is all out of whack! He was sleeping through the night, and then bahm!! 4 times a night, 3 times, 2 times, sleeping 7 hours, awake all hours... I don't know about your son, but teething seems to disrupt their sleep. Nursing seems to really comfort my son, so that's all he wants to do. How are you functioning? My DH keeps finding things out of place all over the house. Keys in fridge, snacks in the bathroom. It's worse now than when he was born! lol
We keep trying the sleep routine -- bath, night clothes, story, nurse. I hope it pays off. His pediatrition suggested motrin.
Wow! the 1 bedroom with 2 kids. We are giving up now. We've been coping with a 350 sf apartment/studio and just can't take it anymore. Have you thought about one of those Ikea loft beds? It is supposed to give room for a desk or other living space etc, but I think it might make a cool set up for a crib underneath. Or what about a full or queen size one in your room for you and your husband and the kids down below?? my DH was afaid I'd fall off getting down for a feeding, but it was my idea for us. We're going for the 2 bedroom instead, but I thought it was a good idea. Hope eveything works out for you.