Common 10 Month Old Baby Sleep Problems: Tips & Solutions

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the first question comes from Lauren she

says for ten and a half month old now

acts like her putting him down on a bed

of knives or hot coals when we put him

in his crib this happens especially if

he's falling asleep during his bottle or

his book or his song time during the

bedtime routine so I've tried only

putting him down awake to hopefully

alleviate the shock value but the same

thing happens he screams he clutches

onto me he's in full panic and totally

upset then he flips over in the crib

stands up and begins his screaming

tirade Lauren says when he wakes at

night he won't go back down and the

screaming marathon continues one of his

upper teeth is cutting through could

that be it this started last week though

before the tooth began to show SOF

hashtag send help I have a few ideas of

what might be contributing to this

sudden extreme resistance on his part so

one of the first questions I would ask

is is he losing any hours anywhere art

is not suddenly shorter is he resisting

bed time and now it's taking an hour or

maybe two for him to fall asleep so he's

losing some hours there or is he

suddenly waking up earlier in the

morning or have you guys been traveling

and he's not gotten enough sleep has

there been anything any changes to his

schedule that might have reduced his

total sleep his total hours of sleep per

24 hours and if so this is a good

indicator that he's just really really

overtired when your baby or toddler

becomes overtired chronically so day

after day after day even if they're just

losing an hour so what happens is their

little systems become wired and they

become overstimulated and actually makes

it harder for them to sleep and so what

we would do for that is obviously try to

get him to sleep more we might start an

earlier bedtime knowing it's gonna take

him a while you might serve a bedtime a

bit earlier knowing that he's been

resisting naps you might really work on

those awake times and getting those

awake times really down for a


the average wait time should be around

about 3 to 3 and a half hours it can be

a little bit different for each baby but

that's in general a good awake time so

are we following those maybe he needs a

bit of a shorter awake time because he's

retired and you definitely want to make

sure he has a nice and early bedtime

between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. latest

because that's gonna help him sleep

later in the morning what's gonna also

help him sleep later in the morning is

having a completely blacked out bedroom

and playing white noise all night long

so this is a pretty extreme reaction

from him and because of that it makes me

wonder if he's actually in pain or if

he's experiencing discomfort so she

mentioned teething she said his upper

tooth is popping through teething can

certainly disrupt sleep some moms choose

to give their baby over-the-counter pain

medicine when they're pretty sure that

their baby's going through a bad tuning

patch when you see the tooth but coming

through and your baby is markedly

different than usual so the medication

you would give would depend on what

you've discussed with your baby's doctor

or your pediatrician and make sure you

follow those guidelines for the dosage

and the frequency for giving this meant

a good tip I have is to give your baby's

pain medicine at dinner time because

this needs about 45 minutes to kick in

and that's usually about 45 minutes

before bedtime dinner time usually is so

I'd say give it with your babies dinner

he's got a nice full tummy and then he's

gonna have his bath and he's gonna go

through his bedtime routine and by then

the medicine should be kicking in and if

he's suddenly tonight if you medicate if

he suddenly goes down a lot easier then

we know cable it really was discomfort

and more than likely due to teething

another approach to handle teething

discomfort is you could brew a really

strong cup of chamomile tea and what you

want to do is take a little baby

washcloth maybe one that George likes in

particular and you want to soak your

washcloth in this strong cup of

chamomile tea for five to ten minutes

and then put it inside a little ziplock

bag and put in the freezer for about

10-15 minutes then you can give George

still washcloth and he can put it in his

mouth and he can suck on it so it's nice

and cold so it'll de nom his gums a

little bit and also chamomile is proven

to reduce inflammation it helps with

pain and it helps everyone to calm and

settle so that's a great more natural

tip after tea ting as well so there is a

small chance so that the discomfort

could be with George's tummy so I would

encourage you if it's if he said this

drawing of a reaction for a week or so I

would look at what his daily diet

and had have you introduced any new

foods recently you started something

around last week and suddenly you notice

the changes and he seemed a lot more

uncomfortable then I would encourage you

to remove those recent foods that you've

just added and hold off for a good week

or so and then see if his reaction

changes at all and if it does and he

calms down and it goes down easier then

you're not okay perhaps it was just that

his tummy was really causing him a lot

of discomfort and then you can see about

reintroducing those foods later you can

discuss it with George's pediatrician

another cause of George's sudden revolt

at bedtime and during the night and I

don't think you mentioned naps but I'm

sure it's going on with naps as well is

it could be separation anxiety

separation anxiety tends to appear

between the ages of 8 to 12 months so

tips I have for all of you parents who

think of that your little one might be

going through separation anxiety are you

just need to give a little bit more TLC

and especially in the evening hours that

lead up to bedtime if your little one is

sleeping separately from you it can

really help them be able to settle and

fall asleep easier once you've given

them a little bit more TLC so in the

last few hours before bedtime I've had a

lot of one-on-one time I'd have lots of

eye contact and cuddles and kisses and

just keep it a happy and light-hearted

time so while you're feeding George his

dinner you want to sit down with him and

be present with him and chat with him

and look him in the eye and give him

lots of kisses and when he has his bath

time and especially during his bedtime

routine something that you said Lauren

in your question also stuck out to me

and you said specifically that when you

put George down into his bed that he

immediately rolled over and then he

stood up and he was standing and

standing and screaming and he's 10

months so I'm guessing he's recently

learned the ability to pool to stand and

so what we happened with with big

physical milestones motor milestones

like learning to roll over sit up stand

up and walk is there such a huge

development for your baby physically

that often it disrupts sleep as well and

going along with all these normal phases

of development we also have a sleep

regression at this age and we call it

the eight nine ten months like

regression not because it lasts that


but because it hits your child somewhere

during this time the eight nine ten

months a progression is what happens

usually your baby is mastering some sort

of physical milestones so they're

sitting up or they're pulling to stand

and also going through lots of cognitive

developments as well and as with any

sleep regression it's usually a period

of one week maybe two or your baby's

just a bit more restless it's harder for

them to settle and fall asleep and

they're waking more often and they just

need you my general advice especially

people already gotten your little and

sleeping quite well is to really try

your hardest to not fall too far back

with the sleep crunches so if your

baby's having a terrible night out of

the blue I don't encourage you to

suddenly pull him in the bed with you

and co sleep for the rest of the night

and breastfeed for the rest of the night

because that's going back to so many

steps from where you came I would

instead encourage you to do your best to

keep him in his bed and give him lots of

hands-on comforting there as much as you

need to as tiring it as as it is but

that helps continually reinforce to him

that he's staying in his bed and is

falling asleep in his bed if you ferti

much eliminated all of the potential

causes that have just gone over and

you're just ready for a method to get

George back to sleeping quite easily

falling asleep easily on his own because

he's showing such a drastic and extreme

reaction that he's not shown us before I

would encourage you to go back to the

steps that he used before to get George

sleeping well but I would encourage you

to stay in the room with him while you

get him to fall asleep on his own at

least for the first few nights so what I

would do is at bedtime I get a nice and

drowsy and put him in his bed and even

if he has the same reaction it stands

right up and is yelling at you I would

just put a chair next to his crib and

sit down there and then do your best to

just give verbal reassurance you might

need to hold his hand if he's standing

up and staring right at you try to stay

calm and quiet every few minutes just

giving him some verbal reassurance

singing a lullaby telling him you're

there for him and just waiting it out

and waiting it out when he finally lays

back down you can stroke his head you

could pie this bottom anything that will

help him know that you're there and

you're comforting him but that he does

fall asleep in his bed on his own and

every few nights he'll learn that this

is the new routine this is how he's

going to fall asleep and you can slowly

wean off

the support that you're getting this

should get you guys well back on track

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