10 month old - eating and sleeping habits

Lauren - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




My son is 10 and a half months and has slept through since he was 6 weeks old. Until 6 weeks ago when he started waking in the night - i put it down to teething, being in a new place (split from his dad and moved in with my mum), and the fact he had a cold. Although he is still waking up.. normally between 12 and 3.. and again at 5ish. I started giving him milk whenever he woke up, then started giving him water to try and help him sleep through again.. this hasn't helped. I've resorted to giving him a dummy (really didn't want to) as i think he finds comfort out of sucking.. i want to get him back to being able to settle himself, without needing a bottle or dummy.. any ideas guys??

Also, he refuses to eat porridge or weetabix for breakfast and will only have toast. He isn't a big fan of finger foods, apart from toast in the mornings, and organix crisps. He doesn't even try things, tried giving him raisins and a biscotti biscuit earlier and he didn't even try it.. i just dont want him to eat the same things all the time and want him to eat more fruit through the day.. just to get more variety into his diet. He has home-cooked meals every night, courtesy of nanny :) and eats them fine.. but i'd rather he had sandwiches for lunch than having 2 cooked meals a day.

Sorry about the long post.. but if anyone has any tips or opinions then i'd be grateful!


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Shalom - posted on 10/24/2009




The same thing happened when Avery started teething. I HOPE that with her 7th and 8th teeth are almost in, she'll be back to normal soon. When she's particularly fussy and showing signs of pain at night, i give her Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen in Canada, but i think you call it Paracetemol in the UK) which really seems to help. I was told by several medical professionals NOT to use a teething gel as it can actually numb babe's tongue/throat and may interfere with swallowing- yikes! We also tired putting a loud clock near her crib- apparently the rhythmic sound is soothing. She’s sleeping a little better every night. But if the bottle works for you, go with it! Just make sure it isn’t juice or his teeth will suffer for it. It sounds like you’re doing a great job, girl!

Luckily for me, Avery eats most things fairly well. A new favourite is little balls of yoghurt cheese rolled in infant cereal, but it could be spread it on toast. Yoghurt cheese is really simple to make, if you’re into it- I’d be glad to pass on the instructions!

We’ve been giving Avery one of those teething feeders, and she LOVES it. If you haven’t seen them, they’re like little mesh bags attached to a handle, and you can fill the bag with all sorts of good stuff. Peaches were a big hit in the summer, frozen bits of banana seemed to soothe the teething pain, but you can put just about anything in there. Grapes are a great option too, just cut them in half first. Be warned though- these things can give off a bit of juice- Jake might end up a bit sticky, so best not to give him one of these on the sofa. Save it for the high chair.



But honestly, if Jake is eating a really good wholegrain bread, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with toast for breakfast. Sounds as though he’s eating nan’s food just fine, so he’s getting his nutrition. If you don’t mind the advice, I’d say don’t get into food battles with him anytime soon- be encouraging when he does well, and be forgiving when he doesn’t.

You're doing great! Keep it up! And tell you mum she's a rock star...

Lauren - posted on 10/23/2009




thanks for the suggestions.. when my son wakes he's really upset and screaming, the only way to settle him is with a bottle. although i have heard many mums on here having the same problems with their 9-11 month olds.. maybe it's just a phase. my god i hope so!! today was a particularly bad day, we were up at 5am, jake didnt nap much today and i was tired and frustrated too.

Rickey - posted on 10/23/2009




My daughter has also starting waking up around 3am in the mornings but I honestly think its her teeth - she wakes up with a whelping scream :( Anyway, I read the other day that lots of babies get seperation anxiety at this age and will wake up in the middle night looking for a familiar face.

I bought her a soother blanket with taglets on which she uses to self sooth to sleep..

Good luck!

Brittany - posted on 10/23/2009




i am experiencing the same thing with my daughter as far as the sleep thing... she recently got moved into my room and was used to sleeping in her own room in the dark... my sis needed a place to stay so i gave her my daughters room... my fiance cant sleep with the tv and stuff off so i thought that was why she was always getting up in the middle of the night.... mabye its an age thing im not sure

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