8-10 Month Sleep Regression Ugh!

SO! Layla this past week or so has been a nightmare at sleeping and has been waking up at all hours crying for hours on end! I never went into check on her because I know she was fine I can hear and see her on the monitor and I know if I go in her room she will do this gig all the time so I don’t. I found this website that helped me understand what was going on with Layla and it was exactly right. Today we are working on the new nap schedule and hopefully getting more consistent on her sleep routine. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me!!

8-10 month sleep regression cause #1 – Physical milestones

There is so much going on in baby’s life at this age. They might be sitting up, scooting, crawling, pulling up, cruising, and some might even start walking. Baby is also learning the basics of communication and might start teething (if they haven’t already). This is a lot in a little baby’s life, and all these things take time, energy, and practice. Sometimes this ‘practice’ can occur at the wrong times, when baby should instead be sleeping. It can be hard for a baby to learn to shut down their brain, particularly a child that doesn’t have self-soothing skills to begin with. Those babies that need more help to sleep may now start to really fight your soothing efforts, finding them too stimulating, and may try to take these opportunities of your company to show you their sweet new moves. If your 20 minutes of rocking has now become 60 minutes, that may be your baby’s way of telling you that they are ready to be going down more awake on on their own, as your presence is inhibiting their ability to fall asleep, instead of helping.
If your baby is already an independent sleeper and has started to have some serious party time in their crib before sleep times, firstly you want to make sure that their environment is conducive to sleep. We want to be extra-vigilant that there is nothing stimulating in our child’s crib and that their room is pitch black. A baby can be stimulated by anything – a wallpaper design, a toy across the room, a pattern on their crib sheets – so making sure that room is nice and dark will surely bore them into sleep (check out this company here that makes awesome custom window covers to get baby’s room pitch black). As well, using a sleepsack for naps and nighttime helps to cut down on monkey business – it’s not impossible to roll/sit up/crawl/stand with a sleepsack on, but it makes it more difficult. If baby is already sleepy, they might decide it’s not worth the fight. Additionally, make sure your baby’s sleep schedule is meeting his needs. Does he need a bit more awake time before naps so that he’s tired enough to sleep easily? Here’s a good way to determine if pushing a nap later might help:

  • If your baby is taking a long time to fall asleep (much more than 15 minutes) with lots of protesting/playing but then still takes a good nap (over 1 hour) that he wakes up happy from – try pushing that nap 15 minutes later.
  • If your baby falls asleep quickly at naptime, but then takes a short nap (under an hour) that they wake up happy from – try pushing that nap 15 minutes later.
  • If your baby falls asleep quickly for a nap, but then takes a short nap (under an hour) that they wake up crying from – try pulling the nap back by 15 minutes.
  • If your baby falls asleep within 1-15 minutes for a nap and then takes a long nap (over 1 hour) – you have nailed it, don’t change a thing.

What not to do:

Don’t give too much attention to the nap/bedtime battles. You don’t want to make long-term habits for a short-term phase. This regression will pass in time, but if you make a habit of now rocking the child, letting them sleep in your bed, sitting with them until they fall asleep (unless you are already doing these things), or skipping naps entirely, this regression now turns into a new habit for the child, one that will be tough to break.

8-10 month sleep regression cause #2 – Nap transition

Eight months is the age where your 3rd catnap needs to be eliminated, if it hasn’t already. Especially if you are finding the child refuses this nap at least 50% of the time, if the 3rd nap is occurring much past 4:00pm, or if with the 3rd nap, you are now clocking less than 11 hours of sleep at night – it’s time to go. I generally recommend that even if you’re not seeing these obvious signs of readiness by 8 months of age, you should still begin the transition towards a two nap schedule. Nap transitions are tricky and they can be messy if we’re not handling them properly. If we  jump too quickly into a two nap schedule, this can cause baby to become overtired… and a regression is born. Nap transitions aren’t a race – slow and steady really is best. Start by slowly adding awake time before each of your naps – maybe 5 minutes onto all of them or 15 minutes before one nap. The best order to add time in is middle first (2nd and 3rd nap) then 1st nap, then bedtime. It is normal during a nap transition to flip-flop back and forth between 2 nap and 3 nap days depending on baby’s wake-up time and the quality of the naps. With time, you will find that you are unable to fit in a 3rd nap before 4:00pm so you’ll want to use an early bedtime to compensate. I can’t stress this enough, this is where nap transitions go wrong. Parents become too stuck on a ‘set’ bedtime, but now that we’ve lost an entire sleep period, that stretch between the 2nd nap and the ‘set’ bedtime is way too long, causing the child to become overtired (bedtime battles, nightwakings, sleep-cries, and potentially an early wake-up the next day are all symptoms of a too-late bedtime). There is no advantage to a later bedtime if the child is awake crying every 3-4 hours because the bedtime was too late. Do not be afraid of a temporary early bedtime during nap transitions – it is essential.

What not to do:

Don’t let that third nap hang around too long if it’s obviously causing issues with nightsleep. Naps are important but nightsleep is far superior.  If your 3rd nap is interfering with nightsleep and causing baby to clock less than 11 hours at night – it’s time to go.
Don’t rush the transition – slow and steady is best.
Don’t stall in the transition. You need to continue to slowly stretch baby’s awake times to move them to a solid 2 nap schedule. Your day will likely start out like this:

7:00am – wake-up
9:30am-11:00am – nap 1
1:45pm-3:15pm – nap 2
6:15pm – bedtime

and should eventually look like this:

7:00am – wake-up
10:00am-11:30am – nap 1
3:00pm-4:00pm – nap 2
7:30pm – bedtime

Sleep regressions are an exhausting part of parenting but we all go through it at some point.  During these times, just remember to be flexible, be prepared, and be careful not to create a new sleep crutch (or bring back an old one).  As hard as it can be to remain consistent at times, it really is best for everyone and helps the regression pass in a more timely manner.

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10 Month Update!!

Sweet Layla Rose is 10 months old!! My oh my this has gone so quick! Today I have been working on her 1st birthday parties yes parties! She is having one here in Midland and another in Dallas! She is growing up right before my eyes..she started Mother’s Day out in August so that has been awesome, she has so many friends she learned how to clap your hands when they sing the song “If your happy and you know it” its soon cute.  She does have to eat alone in the high chair because she has an obsession with eating and steals all the other kids food;o(((( lol she’s so funny, she’s also off the pouches and only eats what we eat, so lets say home girl is eating  pretty good…Pesto pasta, mushroom risotto, lasagna, butternut squash mac n cheese. She weights 17.5 pounds and is in size 3 diapers. I think I am about to lower her crib again I find her standing up when I go get her into morning its only a matter of time before she learns to crawl out. She is finally saying MAMA but its in this weird creepy voice, but I swear she’s saying mama lol! She is trying to say dog but all that comes out is “BA!” but she points at them and says it so again I swear she’s trying to say dog lol. She will not walk yet she is almost there I am sure she could if she wanted to but she’s half me so she might be a wee bit lazy! She has been dancing up a storm lately its pretty cute, I turn on Pandora on the TV and we jam out she absolutely loves it and so do I! Here are a few recommendations for this age..

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The Boon high chair! We love this thing! Sometimes we eat at our bar and sometimes at the dinner table and this thing has wheels so we can drag her to wherever we are eating its pretty nice. Also, it has changeable color seats and trays, I got pink for Layla but next time if we have a boy I can just order a new color for him and life is good. For fun Layla loves to push it all around the kitchen while I do the dishes it cracks me up.I got mine on Amazon for $229

 

Unknown-24.jpegFreaking paper towels! You have NO idea how many of these things I got through a day, we eat together all 3 meals and most of it ends up on the dog, floor, or walls. I always keep a roll next to the table because Layla is a MESS!!! Buy in bulk you will thank me later!

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Again, I know I know Motrin for babies this stuff rocks!! She is getting in her top 2 teeth and all she does is grab her ears and whine after 2.5ml of this she is back to her normal self. Also something else you may want to buy in bulk we go through  a lot of this around Casa De Poole! $7.99 CVS

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So far 10 months has been amazing she’s starting to look more like a toddler, her hair can hold a clip, she’s starting to play on her own, she’s still sleeping from 7-7, over all she’s pretty much perfect and I’m obsessed! Cant wait to have more and more and more, sorry Dustin! lol!

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Morning Green Smoothie

I typically start my day with a green smoothie, but I usually include half a teaspoon of peppermint extract. It’s the secret ingredient that makes my green smoothie taste like a mint ice cream shake—and it can soothe an upset stomach!

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Green Smoothie Recipe:

1 whole frozen banana

1/2 an Avocado

1/2 Teaspoon Peppermint extract OR 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 cup of fresh spinach

1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

1/2 Cup Homemade Almond Milk (recipe below)

1 Teaspoon Organic Honey

 

Place all the ingredients in a blender and make sure you get it nice and smooth! You don’t need to add ice if you are using a banana it gives it that frozenness you need! I love this smoothie and it keeps me full till lunch!

 

Homemade Almond Milk – Super Easy!

1 cup not roasted, plain almonds

4 cups filtered water

1 Nut Bag or Cheese Cloth

Place almonds in a large bowl, cover with water and let soak 12-24 hours. Strain the water out and put the almonds in a blender with 4 cups filtered water, Blend till the almonds have pretty much turned into tiny pieces probably about  1-2 minutes depending on the strength of your blender. Strain nuts into a glass container with lid and store in the fridge for up to 4 days! Also is great as a substitute for milk like cereal or coffee!

 

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