It’s great when you can see progress, however slight, in your baby’s sleeping habits. Longer naps, easier bedtimes, longer gaps between wakings. What about when there isn’t any progress and things seem to be regressing? That’s where we are at the moment – Loudboy is still waking at least every couple of hours at night, he’s refusing to stay in his cot for long periods and his naps are up the shoot. Excuses? Well, he’s hit the 10 month cling zone and hates to be separated from me or his dad, whoever is on duty. He’s hyper during the day, crawling, climbing, thinking about walking, destroying anything he can see. He’s also restless at night. The warm nights don’t help as he gets very thirsty so is feeding more, meaning more nappy changes and so it goes on.
So how to get through? First, it’s a phase. It’s always a phase, even if it has lasted for ages. It Will Pass.
Second, we relax and do what we need to get through alive and sane. For us, that means bringing Loudboy into bed with us when he gets too restless for his cot, wearing him out during the day (and not worrying too much about nap times) and giving him lots of cuddles and playtime.
Is it time for sleep training? I don’t know. The timing isn’t right at the moment, as we’ll soon be on holiday and in strange rooms and beds. Then we will hopefully be moving house. But if Loudboy doesn’t get his head around this sleep business on his own, it may be time to gently intervene, so watch this space.