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10.5 months. Where did it all go wrong?

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MuddyWellyNelly Tue 07-Jun-16 22:33:03

Waaaaahhhhh. That's me. Not my DS wink.

As per title he's 10.5 months. EBF until 6 months, still BF now. Healthy, full term, happy baby. But he's slept through about 10 nights in his life, and by that I mean 10pm till 6am. And most of those were around the 10-12 week mark. Recently his 1, maybe 2 wakings, have significantly increased. 2 nights ago I picked him up 7 times. Last night was "just" 3. Around 6 months we did some sleep training and for months he'd happily go to sleep in his cot; and self settle. It hugely improved all sleeps including naps and he has been much happier. But although it meant middle of the night wake-ups were quick and painless, they still happened. A week or two ago he suddenly started massively objecting to being put in his cot (inconsolable crying) for every sleep including naps; and middle of the night became up for an hour at a time. I'm not sure which came first but I realised I was getting into the habit of feeding before daytime sleeps again so I've been deliberately not doing it, and co-incidence or not he is going to sleep easily again. But still waking up loads.

He's an early riser (6am most days) but naps well in general. Has a good bedtime routine. He is still in our room, although the new blackout curtains went up in his room today so he will be moving asap tomorrow When he wakes in the night I am too tired to assess what might be an issue, so he gets fed, always. I don't want to stop BF yet and I wasn't really minding a quick nighttime feed, but recently I'm sleeping in 1.5 hour stints at the most, and not always getting straight back to sleep as he is crying when he goes back down.

I can't see the wood for the trees and don't know if I have a sleep issue or a food issue. Maybe related is he is much more mobile now, bum shuffling about and walking on your fingers every chance he gets. His vocalising has also changed a lot recently, so there's a lot going on.

I'm sure this isn't rocket science; but I go back to work when he turns 1 and the thought of having to actually function every day is scaring me.

piesoclock Tue 14-Jun-16 08:12:45

We are in a similar boat, but are adding teething and viruses into the mix.
I hope it's the ten month sleep regression and he'll just grow out of it. I went back to work at 9 months and am functioning on little sleep. Work uses a different kind of energy so it's fine and feels like a breathing space to me. We co sleep because i'm lazy.

TooMinty Tue 14-Jun-16 08:19:02

Does he eat well during the day and is he gaining weight ok? If so, I might be tempted to night wean. If you live with a partner then send them in instead!

MyBreadIsEggy Tue 14-Jun-16 08:22:06

Sounds silly, but could it be because he's still in with you and your DP?
We found that we were disturbing DD with our "sleepy noises" ie, DP snoring and rolling over like an obese elephant hmm and she was disturbing us with her sleepy noises - little moans and squeaks and rolling over etc. As soon as we moved her into her room, it all got a whole lot better for everyone!

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