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co-sleeping bedtime for 10 month old

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DuelingFanjo Thu 06-Oct-11 16:35:03

I used to be able to rock and sing my DS to sleep and then lie him down on the bed, lately however he seems to see bedtime as a great laugh, refuses to be held and rocked and just wriggles and tries to get away. If I put him down he then proceeds to leap about, pull himself up and last night did a pratt-fall from the pillows of the bed onto my belly! Even though he is tired and we have done the whole bath book routine.

I put him into the cot last night (He's never really slept in there) until he calmed down but then he got upset (not surprising, he probably sees it as a prison) so I took him out and fed him and he drifted off to sleep. I am a bit worried that I did the wrong thing putting him in the cot as if I was punishing him as I don't want him to see it as somewhere horrible or for some kind of punnishment.

What do you do (not controlled crying please) if you don't use a cot but your DC has turned into a wriggler? Am I going to have to give up my evenings and spend them trying to calm down an overactive baby or should I just take him back downstairs to be with the family until he's more tired?

MacMomo Sun 09-Oct-11 19:16:03

I've just started trying a new arrangement co sleeping on a double mattress on the floor; babyproofed the room, pillows around the edge to ease her inevitable fall. Then if she won't sleep I get let her do her thing without worrying that she will hurt herself. She isn't sleeping any more than before so far but at least I'm not wrestling her for hours.

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