10 month old's day time sleeps - help!

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Buddly1977 Sun 07-Feb-16 14:51:37

Hi wondering if there is any advice out there for my 10 month old son's day time naps? Night time has thankfully never been a problem but I've always struggled with his day time naps.

He was in a really good routine but now he wakes at different times in the morning so his naps have had to change - How long between naps at this age?

Until last week I could put him down in his cot and he would take himself off to sleep. Then last week he started to sit up as soon as I would leave the room and not lie back down to sleep. He would cry and cry every time I went back in to lie him down, would then get over tired so I have had to resort to letting him sleep on me initially before putting him back down in his cot which I think is a really bad habit to get into.

Does anyone have any suggestions of how to encourage him to lie down rather than constantly sit up during these naps?!

Thank you!

FATEdestiny Mon 08-Feb-16 12:06:08

How long between naps isn't directly linked to age, more sleep development and how long baby is napping for.

My DD wouldn't have gone longer than 2 hours between naps at 10 months old. She was napping for longer, usually 2 naps of 1.5-2h and sometimes an additional shorter nap at teatime.

When her naps were shorter (less than an hour) she would go 60-80 minutes between naps.

Once on 2 naps a day some people swear by 2-3-4 (2 hours between waking and first nap, 3 hours between 1st and 2nd nap and then 4 hours until bedtime).

Has your DS just learnt a new skill? Sitting/standing/crawling/walking all can make sleep go to pot. I had to go back to staying next to the cot, firm hand on chest (to reaffirm the need to be still and also as a reassuring presence) until baby went to sleep. I still had the cot next to my bed at this age, so I would lie on my bed, baby in cot, my arm over the side of the cot. Staying there until baby went to sleep.

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Mon 08-Feb-16 12:10:47

Mine dropped to one nap a day at 10 months (an hour and a half after lunch), there's such a wide range of 'normal'!

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