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Continual night waking in a 10 month old

continual night waking 10 month old sleepHELP!!! My 10 month old has been waking around 3 times a night (normally one of them for 1-2 hours) he is upset and waking us. This has been going on for 2 months. I thought it would improve but it hasn’t. Please help. Only thing I can do to settle/calm him is feed him. Please help this exhausted mummy. I have tried letting him cry it out but he just will not resettle. He has 2 day sleeps totaling around 3 hours. Has comforter and dummy & not cold. Please give me any advice.

  •  No advice but just want u to know I’m in the same boat!! My 10 month old sounds exactly like yours. I’m thinking teeth and growth spurt at this stage..   Amber
  • I have just yesterday had a sleep school phone consult with the Queen Elizabeth Centre in Melbourne. My little man is also 10 months and while he can settle to sleep no problems, wakes frequently. Their advice was to go in, place a reassuring hand on his chest, say something calming like “I can hear you. It is ok. Time to go back to sleep” then leave (should only be about 10 seconds). I am not supposed to wait until he has quietened down but repeat this every 2-5 minutes. They seem to think that if I am strictly consistent with this, it will work (he has never slept well and like your bub, prefers to settle with a feed). I was all ready to start this last night, until he got a temperature and is now sick (bugger!). Hopefully I will start this next week some time when he is better. Just thought I would share their advice and fingers crossed it works!   Louise
  • Ride it out. It will get better. Baby is going through sleep regression and their brain is very busy. They need that extra night time nutrition at the moment. We have a sidecar cot which means we all get a lot more sleep.   Kimmy
  • Try 1 day sleep. Both my kids started only having one day sleep around that age.  Amy
  • Try infants friend or similar. My dd did tjis from 5.5months, shes not 13 months and only just starting to sleep longer but still wakes, only thing I can get to sleep is milk, yoghurt ot custard jn middle night. She doesn’t self settle either, but has started a little if I give her dummy. It’s exhausting I know, ask family for help I didn’t have anyone apart from hubby. See child health nurse for help, get them to refer u to sleep school, once 1 yr its too late for that.   Alison
  • Have a look at the wonder weeks it explains a lot. We have just come out of it (my ds is just over 10 months) it was a long one totalling almost 2 months. He was doing the same thing and waking at 5 am. I think 3 hours is a perfect amount for day naps as we are still averaging 3- 3 1/2 hour day naps and he is only waking once at night now for a feed.   Rebecca
  • My son did this too so I dropped a nap and found that worked out for us hope it gets sorted and he he settles for you.   Naomi
  • Teething or maybe sleep him next to you just 1 night and see how that goes…my girls always wake up if they in there own bed but if they sleep with me they sleep all night. Kukuyalanij
  • Is it because he is spitting his dummy out and wants you to put it back in? I had to get rid of my sons dummy at this point because I was going crazy being woken up to 7 times a night (plus I have twins so it was very hard work). I went cold turkey and got rid of thing. It took about a week but he finally settled and started sleeping through. Good luck.   Kartia
  • My daughter did the same thing at that age – I was letting her come into our bed which was worse because I was getting no sleep! Took her 2-3 nights of putting her back into her cot to cio and she got the hint mummy meant business! But then she had never been a good night sleeper she’s just over 2 and still wakes some nights!   Alison
  • Time to cut out one day sleep. ( either completely or just bump one down to an hour or so.. )   Amie
  • 3 hours is probably too much during the day at that age my ds went through the same thing and we cut down his day sleeps to 1.5-2 max hours a day and now he sleeps through fine.   Nina
  • Have you tried Brauer Calm? Works a treat for my family and also is he teething as my LO was constantly waking of a night and regardless of settling techniques nothing would work. Try playing a relaxation cd in his room so if he does wake he’s got something to help contribute putting him back to sleep. Hope it gets better!  Hayley
  • Teething? Try panadol occasionally.   Fiona
  • My son did the same thing. Turns out he had colic. I gave him some infacol and he slept through from 630-230, would wake for a feed and go back to sleep until 630. Good luck.   Lisa

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