My 10 month old has just returned from NZ with us and is in a sleep pattern mess, coupled with his 1st two teeth we are trying to leave him to cry with regular checks and some reasurance. Ok but he seems to want to stand in his cot crying for ages and must be exhuasted but won't lie down any suggestions for encouraging him to sit or lie down?
When my son had problems with his sleep, I just used to go into his room at regular intervals and lay him down gently, without saying a word, the more you communicate with him when in his room, the more attention he'll want. Also for the teething have you tried nurofen for children and ashton and parsons teething powders, combined they work wonders!!!! Good luck
thanks for the advice, we shall try less communication and see if it helps. Now I am wondering about his daytime naps, he always took a short nap in the morning and a longer one in the afternoon. He seemed tired this morning so I put him in his cot and read him a story and told him it was time for a nap, now he's crying his heart out and I am trying not to get him up again but questioning my decision to put him down for a nap should I have left him awake? at nearly 11 months old should he only be having an afternoon nap now.
A lot of babies have 2 naps a day until they are about 15-18 months old. Saying that, my dd went down to 1 nap at around 11/12 months. In the beginning she sometimes still needed a small extra catnap but mostly she would have just one. (she started fighting her naps so I started making the morning one later - it is now at 11.30/12ish - and she sleeps for 1-2.5 hours)
I dont leave her to cry though, I use pick up/put down to help her go to sleep/go back to sleep if she wakes too soon (she doesnt always cry though, so I just use it when necessary). I pick her up until she calms down, then lay her back down again - repeat until she starts settling herself.