Monday, March 22, 2010
the dreaded 2-1 switch
when you can think of nothing else to update your facebook status with other than complaints about your baby's sleep, you know that you have issues. but he has issues too, i promise you. his biggest issue is that he refuses to adhere to my wishes when it comes to sleep. i wish for him to take a nice little morning nap and a nice little afternoon nap, just like every other 9 month old baby. and yet he refuses to fall asleep for his afternoon nap no matter what i do, which means that by the time 6:00 rolls around he is over tired, which means that when he goes to bed, he awakens several times during the night due to his over tiredness.
* if you are rolling your eyes at my blog right now, you may as well quit reading because it only gets worse.*
i have no problem with keeping him in his crib until he falls asleep. he can babble and whine and fuss and giggle and coo as much as he likes and i won't go in there. except that he will continue to babble and whine and fuss and giggle and coo for an hour or so.....and by that time, if he were to finally fall asleep, his nap would be so late in the day that it would mess up his bedtime.
i have no problem with waking him up early from his morning nap so that he's nice and tired for his afternoon nap. except that the last few times i tried that, he still refused to take an afternoon nap, which meant that he only slept for a total of 30 minutes the entire day and those nights were not pretty.
from what i've read, babies are usually ready to move from 2 naps a day to 1 nap a day when they are between 12 and 18 months old. the older they are the better. the reason for this is that when they are younger than 12 months old, they aren't able to stay awake for a long enough amount of time to make it to their new nap time before falling asleep. even though i know this, and even though i know that my baby gets really sleepy and cuddly right around 10am, i have decided to take the plunge and switch him to a mid-day nap because i feel i have no other choice.
this decision has resulted in a child who, by 11am is so tired that he is literally falling asleep while sitting on the floor, his poor little head falling onto his chest and then jerking awake. this decision has also resulted in a whole lot of night wakings, starting at 45 minutes after his bedtime and continuing throughout the night. i know that he is over tired and that he is having difficulty adjusting to this new routine, but i have no idea what else to do except pray that he gets used to it soon because being awakened 7 times a night by a sobbing baby is really no picnic.
thoughts, advice and well-wishes appreciated :)