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Sleep Schedule has gone to hell!!

y son is now 10 months old. He used to fall asleep arounf 8:30 9pm and sleep until 6:30 7am. Lately he has been falling asleep around the same time but then wakes up between 12 and 1am and is wide awake and ready to play and we aren't able for him to get back to sleep until around 4am no matter what we try. Is anyone else having this problem or does anyone have suggestions?! Please help I need sleep!!

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Asked by ctsassy at 10:58 PM on Mar. 1, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • This is typical. A child will never really be in a set schedule... afterall, neither you nor I, ever stay on the same schedule either. Anything can be disrupting his sleep schedule from teething to dreams. It's all very normal and if there is nothing wrong with him, it is totally okay to lay him back in his crib until he falls back to sleep.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:07 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • 10 mo. is a very exciting time. Is your son doing new things during the day? Pulling up to standing? Crawling? Talking? These things can disrupt sleep. It is a phase and it will pass...he is just too excited to stay in that crib ... he wants out so he can play! Try to stay consistent about not letting him get up and play in the middle of the night. Re-do your bedtime routine right away (if you go into his room) and put him back to bed. Give him awhile to go back to sleep. you might also want to remove any distractions in his room. (If he plays in his room...put his toys away and out of sight before bed). Good Luck!

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 11:18 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • Have you tried co-sleeping?

    Answer by kate_jocelyn at 12:37 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • i feel for you! i've heard similar stories from other moms with kids around this age. these development surges can really wreak havoc on sleep schedules. i've seen a little of it with my 9-month old and it's crazy-making. especially when he's been sleeping well before.

    although you'll have to see what works for you, i do agree about not giving in to playing with your son when he wakes up. keep things quiet, keep him away from toys, etc. he probably needs to re-learn that nighttime is time to sleep, not play.

    on the bright side, as with most anything at this age, things change so quickly that this phase will probably be over soon. good luck!

    Answer by Mamastheword at 1:05 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

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