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10-11-2008, 03:31 PM
My son is 10 months old and will not sleep longer than 2 hours at a time at night. and refuses to take longer than 30 min naps 2 times a day.
I am exhausted and could use some tips.
10-11-2008, 10:09 PM
The book my friends and I all love for all things related to sleep is "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. I'm so sorry for your sleeplessness! That's so hard. :( I have no doubt you would find the book helpful! Best of luck :)
10-17-2008, 03:03 PM
I was not a Weissbluth mom. My daughter did not sleep through the night until she was almost a year old but she is so great at listening to her body now (at 16 months). 2 hours at a time is very rough. At this point you have to be ready to try anything. My daughter was also a power napper and it was exhausting. Once she started walking around 10 months she was able to expend her energy and started sleeping much better. Dr. Sears has some great advice if you aren't ready to do the sleep training. Best of luck.
10-17-2008, 03:19 PM
I feel for you! I also have a 10 month old boy who is difficult.... he takes good naps but struggles at night. We live in a tiny place and he has to share a room with us (in his own crib, not our bed) and so "crying it out" isn't really an option. Today he escaped from the exersaucer, and tried to escape from the highchair! He climbs on everything, and screams high pitched screams! I love him dearly, and he does have some sweet, quiet moments. But he is the definition of "handful." One thing that has helped me with nap times is to have planned activities in between. We go on lots of walks and have fun playing at the library. I tire him out, feed him, then put him down. It usually works well! Night time, though, I could use some advice! I'll take a look at those books! :)
10-23-2008, 06:42 AM
I'm a first time Mom (&my baby's only 4 months old) so I don't know how helpful my advice really is but try to keep in mind that my daughter sleeps 8-12 hours at a time with at least one half hour to two hour nap a day. When we first brought her home we slept with her it made it real easy to breast feed her and she ate so much i didn't even know my milk had come in until like the 7th day(i was like Niagara falls) my doc said the extra cal intake helped her not wake up hungry (so advice #1 feed the baby through out the day more so he or she doesn't wake up hungry) fast fwd a bit it's been about a week and my milk has come in but she's now used to waking up at least every 4 to eat. Now is where dad comes into play (preferably but we all know how that works out so you can do it too just mask that smell of milk as much as possible)have him wake up and walk with the baby or rock in increasing time increments so that the baby doesn't get fed right when he or she wakes up then he or she can go longer w/ out feedings..BEWARE: THERE WILL BE CRYING.(adv #2 Stall) This next piece of advice is easiest if you are a stay at home mom but you can try your best to get your care taker to help you out too. PLAY PLAY PLAY. As annoying as it sometimes is to keep babbling the more interesting things you do with your baby the more tired the baby gets (be careful not to over tire him or her that can lead to MORE restless nights) go outside especially something about fresh air just makes babies exhausted. (Adv #3 go outside and play) My last piece of advice which was my old (not that old but trust me I used it and from time to time still do) stand by: the car seat. even if you don't feel safe to drive (do to sleep deprivation) stick the baby in there and swing it back and forth (for some reason it worked better than the swing and your arms start to look like Cameron Diaz's :^)) Blah I know that's a lot but I'm just long winded. All it is is: 1.) pack in extra cal throughout the day 2.) Don't feed your Baby as soon as he or she wakes up 3.) go outside and keep your baby interested 4.) resort to the old stand by w/e yours may be (the car seat?)
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