Common 10 Month Old Baby Sleep Problems: Tips & Solutions

Common 10 Month Old Baby Sleep Problems: Tips & Solutions

Does your 10 month old cry and resist falling asleep at naps and bedtime? It takes ages for your baby to fall asleep and you just want to get them settling quickly and sleeping longer.

Find out why your 10 month old is suddenly refusing naps and night time sleep in her crib, in this video. Plus you'll get solutions to help your baby fall asleep on his/her own, and tips for tummy pain, teething and the 8/9/10 month sleep regression.

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There could be a few causes for your baby's disrupted sleep:

Firstly, is he losing any hours of sleep anywhere? Are his naps suddenly shorter so that he’s not been getting enough total hours of sleep over 24 hours?

If, so this is a good indicator that he is just really, really overtired.

When your baby or toddler becomes chronically overtired, their little systems become overstimulated and wired. It actually makes it harder for them to sleep. So we need to get him to sleep more.

Over-tiredness Solutions:
• Set an earlier bedtime: 7-8pm

• Follow awake times closely and shorten them if he's not napping well. 3-3.5 hours for a 10 month old

• Make sure the room is completely blacked-out. This will help him sleep later in the morning

• Play white noise all night long

Teething Solutions
This extreme reaction from him makes me wonder if he’s experiencing pain or discomfort.

Teething can certainly disrupt sleep. You can give over-the-counter pain medication if your baby is going through a bad patch of teethng - your baby is markedly different from usual and you see the tooth coming through. Discuss the medication, dosage and frequency with your pediatrician.

Tip: Give your baby’s pain medicine at dinnertime so it kicks in before bedtime.

If your baby suddenly goes down much easier after giving the medication, then we’ll know that it was probably due to teething.

Natural tip to ease teething pain: Soak a baby washcloth in chamomile tea, pop it in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Then you can give it to your baby to suck on. It will numb his gums, calm him and help with the inflammation and the pain.

Tummy Pain Solutions:
Take a look at your baby's daily diet. Have you introduced anything new lately? I would encourage you to remove those recent foods you just added. Hold off on them for at least a week or so and see if his reaction changes at all.

If he calms down and goes down easier, then you’ll know that it was because his tummy was causing him a lot of discomfort.

Separation Anxiety Solutions:
Separation anxiety tends to appear between the ages of 8-12 months.

• Give your baby extra love and attention – especially in the evening
• Have lots of one-on-one time before bedtime
• Lots of eye contact, cuddles and kisses
• Be present and chat with your baby

Physical Milestones and Developments
Your baby is 10 months, so I’m guessing he’s recently learned to pull to stand. Big, physical milestones often disrupt sleep. Your baby has so much going on and it just disrupts their sleep.

8/9/10 Month Sleep Regression
This sleep regression usually happens when your baby is going through a lot of cognitive and physical development: sitting up, or pulling to stand. It’s usually 1 week, maybe 2 weeks, when your baby just finds it harder to settle and they need you more.

Sleep Regression Solutions:
• Try not to create new sleep associations if your baby is already sleeping well – don’t bring baby in bed with you
• Keep baby in his bed and give lots of hands-on and verbal support there – as much as you need to

Once you’ve eliminated all the potential causes that I’ve gone over, you might just be ready for a sleep training method to get him back to sleeping on his own.

Use a Gentle Sleep Training Method:
• Put your baby in his bed while drowsy
• Even if he has the same reaction, put a chair next to his crib and sit there
• Give verbal reassurance and try to stay calm – wait it out
• When he finally lays back down, you can stroke his head, pat his bottom, anything that will help to comfort him but allow him to fall asleep on his own in his bed
• Over a few nights, he will learn that this is the new routine and how he will fall asleep
• You can slowly wean off the support you’ve been giving
Article written by Best Baby Care Tips

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