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How do you get your 9 month old to sleep?

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Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 29-Dec-12 19:29:55

Mine just screams his head off every evening & it's breaking my heart hmm

He won't feed to sleep, won't self settle (although does for naps no problem). Rocking doesn't work as he then keeps waking regularly. We've tried shh ing him with mixed success, patting which he hates.

What else is there to try? Once he's off he's generally ok but getting him down is a nightmare.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Sat 29-Dec-12 19:32:48

Argh 9mths is a crap time, sleep-wise. No top tips, I'm afraid, I just hope it passes quickly for you!

Boardiegirl Sat 29-Dec-12 19:43:18

Have u tried Supernannys techniques?

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 29-Dec-12 20:30:27

Thanks miffy. We seem to have never ending crap times tbh. What age does it improve?!

Not sure about the supernanny techniques, do you have a link? Website wasn't clear.

snowtunesgirl Sat 29-Dec-12 20:38:59

What does his daytime sleep look like?

PickledLily Sat 29-Dec-12 20:41:47

I don't. I was just about to post a similar thread, as the only way I can get my 9mo DD to sleep is if DH puts her down (and then it takes about 3 mins flat envy). I'm getting mightily cheesed off with it. I've no idea what the answer is, so can only share your pain.

I've not looked them up but assume supernanny's techniques are CC (from what I've seen of the TV show)?

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 29-Dec-12 21:30:54

Daytime sleep generally looks like this...
7.15am - wake up
9.15am - nap (1hr-1hr 45mins)
1-2pm - nap (1hr-1hr 45mins)
6.30pm ish bed depending on when he woke from the last nap.

I won't let him sleep past 4pm or he'll never go down. It took almost 3 loges tonight. I had to semi restrain him on my lap in the end.

Pickled what does your DH do that works so well?!

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 29-Dec-12 21:33:36

Loges..? Hours, 3 hrs to go to sleep

Poppins27 Sat 29-Dec-12 21:33:59

My DD is 9 months old also and I have just tried making the bedtime routine the same every night. At the first sign of tiredness we get the bath ready, little massage (not as often now she's mobile an can crawl away from my clutches!!), goodnight kisses, bottle in a darkened room then popped into her cot, usually awake and she drifts off (whether she remains that way is anyone's guess at the moment!!).

I try not to let her get too tired as she gets past it and I definitely find it harder to get her down.

Generally this works well for us, but I'm by no means a pro. We have had stages when she has hated being put into the cot, I've dealt with his by sitting with her, in her room and shush shushing until she's given in really?!

I hope this gets easier for you, I know how much it stresses me out...we NEED evenings to ourselves!! :-)

teacher123 Sat 29-Dec-12 21:38:08

That seems like quite a lot of daytime sleep to me (disclaimer-no expert, have just spent many hours on my phone googling stuff in the middle of the night!) DS is 8 months and apparently at this age they should sleep 14 hours out of every 24. If he has nearly 4 hours daytime sleep maybe he's not tired enough at bedtime? With DS I have to limit his daytime sleep to around 2 hours in total otherwise he doesn't settle. His routine looks like this-
6.30/7 - wake up
9 - nap of one hour max, usually 45 mins
1pm - nap of an hour and a quarter max.
6pm - bedtime

DS sucks his thumb and goes down awake but drowsy after a bedtime bf. if he feeds to sleep he usually wakes up screaming after exactly 35 minutes... Babies are very strange!

Fairylea Sat 29-Dec-12 21:44:35

I'd second the too much daytime sleep... my ds is 7 months and has two naps of about an hour each and sleeps 12 hours at night between 5-5 (unfortunately he won't be budged on this bedtime but I'm not complaining!)

We do naps and bedtime exactly the same. I feed him in a chair next to hiscot in his room which is blacked out. He is still awake after this so I kiss his head and rock him softly a few times and then pop him down. From the min we enter the bedroom I don't say a single word to him at all so he knows its time to sleep.

When he was little I used to do the same thing and if he then cried etc I would go back, pick him up till he stopped and then put him down again. And repeat. When he seemed to be getting tired I'd pat him and stroke his head and walk out again. Never ever spoke to him etc.

I did the same with dd and she had the same sleep pattern.

Jeggie Sat 29-Dec-12 21:46:46

Just to say this was a bad time for us, lo started sleeping better a few weeks later. I think it's a separation anxiety phase that fades. Doesn't help you now I know. Good luck

Poppins27 Sat 29-Dec-12 21:49:27

Just to add, my Dd generally sleeps 40-50 mins per nap, 2/3 times daily...with the very occasional 1.5 hour thrown in?! She does sometimes nap at 4ish, but I don't find this affects when she wants to go to bed - 6.45-7pm. If I tried keeping her awake she would be hellish from that point onward!!

(Didn't know if having a comparison would help...feel totally free to disregard!!)

fryingpanalley Sat 29-Dec-12 21:54:57

I found it useful to introduce a couple of things to tell her it was time to sleep. First was a ritual of saying good night to objects in the room and a little lullaby - the same each time- as I zipped her into her sleeping bag. And the second was to introduce a comfort object, in our case a silky blanket, again only coming out at sleep time. These definitely help but don't solve everything god I'm shattered

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 29-Dec-12 21:56:59

Sorry I should have said he usually has around 2.5-3 hours nap time in the day. 10-12 hours at night. May be I need to change this then?

What's the max awake time at this age? I had a terrible time with over tiredness at one point, so could have gone the other way.

snowtunesgirl Sat 29-Dec-12 22:22:54

I would agree that there's too much daytime sleep. My general rule of thumb was 3 hours up before first nap and at least four hours clear before bedtime. I think an hour for each nap should be enough. But I never made hard fast rules. If my DD slept for an hour and half in the morning, then I'd just let her have half an hour for her second nap. Or sometimes it was 45 mins for each nap. But I found the four hours clear key at 9 months, otherwise she wasn't tired enough at bedtime.

Also what is your bedtime routine?

mewkins Sat 29-Dec-12 23:15:55

I think at that age dd had 30mins at 9.30am and then up to an hour after lunch. Any longer and she's be up mega early or take ages to get to sleep. She always has been good at going to sleep only as long as she's tired. Seems obvious but took a while for me to understand!

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sun 30-Dec-12 13:23:30

Great, ok so it's looking like too much day sleep then. I'll cut his naps down and see if it helps.

Feeling slightly gutted, I waited 4-5 months for him to finally do these long naps everyone talks about. Can't believe I'm going to start waking him up!

Bedtime routine is bath, feed, quiet play whilst waiting for yawn/eye rubs, into grow bag singing same song, same book, cuddle, bed. He does have a comforter that he flings round the cot for a couple if hours before sucking it to sleep.

I do the exact same for day naps (minus bath obv) and he goes down in 5-10 mins. Twice a week ish he'll go this easily at night, so naps could well be the variable. I do think separation anxiety is part of it, though he doesn't have it during the day..?

I'll start stretching the naps out slowly. Would be great if he started going a bit longer between sleeps.

If anyone has more thoughts on what might help it would be greatly appreciated smile

teacher123 Sun 30-Dec-12 13:36:36

Another thing that might work is ruthlessly shortening the bedtime routine, it sounds like it's taking quite a long time, and maybe he's overtired by the time he actually goes to sleep...?

snowtunesgirl Sun 30-Dec-12 13:41:31

Yes, I would agree. I would say that if you're actually waiting for sleepy signs, it's too late by then.

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sun 30-Dec-12 15:34:50

Bedtime takes around 25mins ish at the mo. Rarely get any tired signs tbh which made me think he's not tired enough...but I don't know now!

Should I just set a bedtime & put him down regardless of when he woke from his nap? if you could give an example of a short bedtime routine it would useful smile

teacher123 Sun 30-Dec-12 16:38:08

DS has his bath between 5.30 and 5.45 regardless (although I try to ensure that he never sleeps past 3pm, if we're driving around after tea I either sit DS in the front and sing to him all the way home or I sit in the back with him poking him to keep him awake!).

His routine goes like this:
5.15-formula and yoghurt downstairs in front of ceebeebies!
5.30-upstairs for bath. Straight into pajamas in our bedroom, we say goodnight to all the other rooms and turn the lights off one after the other, then into his room with the lights all dim, quick breastfeed and bed.

PickledLily Sun 30-Dec-12 18:45:04

I've no idea what DH's trick is, possibly that it's simply someone other than me. When we work it out, I'm going to write a book about it and make millions grin

DD rarely sleeps more than an hour for naps and generally only 30mins, twice maybe 3 times a day but I've no idea what the ideal nap times are. We just go by when she seems tired.

She's usually shattered by 4pm and often has a nap then but is still tired by 5pm. Always in bed by 6pm. Sometimes earlier. Sometimes she's awake again at 8pm. But we don't always get obvious sleep signals until it's too late.

I'm very envious of those with babies that can be shush-patted or left in the cot without exploding. No chance here, no matter what we do. Hold/rock her, she screams, scratches and pinches me. Put her in the cot, she screams. It's horrible. It's the same for naps.

I hope you find a solution.

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sun 30-Dec-12 20:43:44

All sounds very familiar pickled unfortunately. I let DH do the honours this eve as I couldn't face it. He went down in 45 mins which is a massive improvement. I know it's only one night but really hoping we're onto something with the new nap schedule. smile

ChristmasKnackers Sun 30-Dec-12 20:51:27

Fwiw I had terrible trouble with DS1 at that age. I thought he was over tired. Turns out he was not tired at all. I cut out either one nap is shortened both (I can't remember) but it worked a treat.

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