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Changing Sleep Patterns, Again!
As your baby gets older, it’s natural for the amount of sleep he needs to decrease little by little. At 10 months, your child might sleep a bit less at night — refusing to go to bed till later, waking up at the crack of dawn, or both — and he might be cutting out his third daytime nap. But even though your baby might not want to snooze as much, he’ll still get pooped from time to time. With all the activity he’s doing, such as cruising, crawling, or walking, he burns up a lot of energy, and he shows his tiredness by getting cranky and moody. Like he did when he was overtired at a younger age, he’ll scream or arch his back when you try to feed him, rub his eyes, or pull away when you go in for a hug. Fatigue can even make your baby less coordinated, so if he’s stumbling or falling more during his cruising episodes, it could be your cue to put him down for a nap.
It’s also common for kids this age to wake up in the middle of the night to practice pulling up or cruising around their cribs. Just quietly lay Baby back down, pat his back, and encourage him to go back to sleep. When these physical abilities aren’t so new and exciting, his sleep patterns will settle down. Until then, aim for 11-14 hours of total sleep each day for the next several months. If he’s especially restless at night or skipping naps, try bumping up his bedtime in 15-minute increments until he seems to be better rested.
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