WHY are you still awake? Sleep regression? Sneaking lattes?
February 21, 2014 9:54 AM Subscribe
*Baby filter* Our 11ish month old has had two super weird bedtimes ("happy happy party time! Hey, did you know I can make farting noises with my mouth? woohoo!") this week and I'm trying to figure out what might be going on, and more importantly what our options are for dealing with it. All the gory details inside.
posted by pennypiper to Human Relations (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So our status quo (as much as there is one with a baby) is:
- Start evening routine about 6pm, dinner (solids/mash), bath, pj's, read a stories while having a bottle, read good night moon, lights out, pacifier, white noise machine on, rock with mom or dad, songs, sleep. We've been doing almost this exact routine since he was a couple of months old, except for nursing vs. nursing and bottle vs. bottle solo (which changed by combined dwindling supply and his choice about a month ago).
- He sometimes fusses, sometimes not, but usually falls asleep in 10-20min. If he's sleeping lightly, it might take a couple of tries to get him in his crib, but usually another 10-20min. This part of the routine has been pretty much unchanged for 4ish months. Before that he was usually cool going down drowsy but awake, but that's neither here nor there.
- He sleeps in his crib till we're ready for bed, usually a couple of hours. He'll usually wake up once or twice and we go in, pick him up, hold him for a minute and put him back in his crib, or if we're ready for bed, he comes to bed with us.
- He'll wake up a couple of times at night, once to nurse, but otherwise a little pat on the back, pacifier or a snuggle and he's back out.
We are good with this right now, it's usually not that time consuming (once the bedtime ritual is done) and it allows us to all get decent sleep at night.
- Tuesday and Thursday nights this week, little one was wide awake long after he normally sleeps. He wasn't fussy or upset, just awake, eyes wide open in the (near) dark, making noises, playing with his mouth, hands, face, pacifier, everything. Tuesday it took an hour and a half to get him to sleep. Thursday THREE and a HALF hours.
- Once he got to sleep he slept fine.
- Tuesday and Thursday he's with a Nanny, who's awesome with him, does all kinds of cool activities (beach on Tuesday, finger painting for the first time on Thursday), and who he naps well for (2 naps a day), though we've asked her to try and wake him when he hits an hour and a half (so often, and this week, a total of 3 hrs of naps each day). She's been taking care of him for almost two months now, and I don't think anything has changed there.
- Wednesday he is usually with his 1year old cousin, either with me or Auntie, and so sleeps less during the day, sometimes a lot less. This Wednesday he got two half hour naps. That night he cried like a banshee (could have been my leaving, he's in a bit of a mommy phase, and it was dad's turn) for 5minutes and then was out and slept deeply and well all night.
So, my questions:
- What do you think his deal is? I think this sounds like a developmental leap, and he has been exhibiting new behaviors during the day as well (how he's playing with his toys, waving, playing chase, etc.) so there's definitely some cognitive stuff happening. Does this sound right?
- If this continues, what can we do (other than CIO) to mitigate the life disturbing effect? Reduce his nap time or number? Move his bed time later and let him get his wiggles out? Let him play in his crib in the darkish, while we hang out and play on our phones?
Oh, and he is 11 months old, but was 6 weeks premature, so his corrected age is between 9 and a 1/2 to 10 months old. Not sure how relevant this is but I think developmentally he is still somewhere between corrected and chronological age.