Let me tell you something.
You know when you’re in the thick of the newborn haze, sleep deprived as all heck, up to your elbows in diapers and baby spit up – and people have the AUDACITY to tell you ‘it gets easier’???
Well, they’re right.
I did NOT want to hear those things when I was up at 3 am nursing my baby for the 10th time, or when I hadn’t showered in days. I didn’t care that ‘it gets easier’. It was hard NOW.
But, I can honestly say, now that my lovely son is 10 months old, although he is becoming quite the little handful of a toddler, things are a lot easier than when he was a newborn.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a pretty good sleeper for most of his life, but when he is teething or is going through any developmental change or regression, or nap transition (okay so every few weeks) his sleep tends to be affected.
If you don’t have The Wonder Weeks App, it’s a very helpful tool in managing your little one’s developmental leaps and bounds. It warns me when D will be a little fussy and helps me understand and prepare myself.
It also gives me ideas and tools for helping him developmentally in each mental leap he makes, and tells me some behaviors I may see as he makes these progressions.
The last few weeks he’s been going through a developmental leap, and there tends to be a regression between 8-10 months (as well as 4, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months in case you wanted some warning). This particular regression is usually centered around separation anxiety.
Your baby is learning object permanence – the idea that even when you can’t see something, it still exists. When you leave a room, your baby knows you are still there, and wants you to come back into view.
So, it’s safe to say this can be a pretty clingy stage. Not only are they going through that, but this is generally the time babies really start crawling, pulling up on things, and maybe even saying a word or two.
D has always been in a rush to do everything. He is crawling at the speed of lightning, pulling up, standing, and has even taken a step a few times.
At 10 months. Pray for me.
All that being said, his schedule has adjusted a bit since he was 9 months old.
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He still takes two naps, but I have had to continue to keep his morning nap short so as not to affect his afternoon nap.
If his afternoon nap gets ruined, he’s a cranky baby until bedtime. The odd time he does take a short second nap, I move bedtime up. He just manages better when his short nap is in the morning.
When he was 9 months old I had just started shortening his morning nap to about 45 minutes, sometimes an hour. His second nap would usually be about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Now, he takes one morning nap of about half an hour (I wake him up) and a long afternoon nap, usually about 2 hours, but sometimes a little shorter, sometimes a little longer.
I try not to let him take much longer than 2 hours though, or bedtime is ruined.
Babies are so much fun to try and figure out.
I’ve tried my best to let him lead, but I have found he sometimes need a little guidance – hence, shortening his naps so he gets better sleep all around.
A few times he’s taken one long nap which has turned out fine, but I do think he still needs two naps, even if one is short. So, I’m going with my mama gut and trying to maintain the two naps as long as possible.
For breastfeeding and eating, I’ve started weaning him. He kind of started weaning himself and I’ve been helping him along. He’s been more interested in solid food anyway, but I’ve been able to maintain a few nursing sessions to keep that nutritional value.
So, he really only breastfeeds once in the morning and once before bed. I think most babies his age still breastfeed one or two more times than that, but he’s been growing fine, eating lots, and is as healthy as can be.
I’m not complaining anyway. I never was in love with breastfeeding and I could’ve stopped months ago! I miss the snuggles, but I’m glad to feel like my body is becoming mine again.
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FEEDING ITEMS WE USE
D uses this highchair for meals and snacks. I love that it’s transitional, and the cover comes off easily and cleans great. The tray is easy to put on and take off, and super easy to clean too.
We use these place mats for him to eat out of. I don’t generally separate his food. I only give him bits at a time so he’s not overwhelmed, and add more if he’s still hungry.
He’s loved these sippy cups from the start. They’re a great transitional cup from bottle to regular glass, and don’t spill easily.
CURRENT FAVORITE TOYS
D is obsessed with this activity cube! It’s just tall enough he can climb up and stand comfortably to play with the toys on top. He loves to sit and crawl around to play with the different sides. This is easily one of the best purchases I’ve ever made for him.
A friend of ours bought him this and he loves it. This one is smaller and he can pick it up and play with it. It does make sounds but he loves it even if I have it turned off. The spinning parts are great for where he is developmentally right now.
I’m not sure what it is about these cups but he is still in love with them. I think they’re an awesome developmental toy because he has learned how to stack them inside each other, as well as on top of each other. Of course, he loves to knock them down too!
So, to the part you actually came for.
This is what our daily routine looks like now that D is 10 months old.
6:00-7:00am Wake up, solids for breakfast, breastfeed to top up, then play time
10:00am Nap 1
10:30am Wake up, play
11:30am Lunch, more play time, usually we get outside around now
1:30pm/2:00pm Nap 2
3:30pm/4:00pm Wake up, snack, play
7:00pm Bedtime routine, breastfeed, asleep by 7:30pm
Of course our days aren’t always perfect like this, but this is generally our routine.
I’ve found it a bit hard having to shorten his first nap because this was generally where I would shower, eat a decent breakfast, enjoy a coffee, and get my day started.
Now, I try and wake up before him, which means I’m usually up around 5:30 to be safe. Sometimes I get half an hour or less, sometimes I get an hour and a half. I do enjoy that his second nap is usually nice and long though. It breaks up the day nicely and gives me a nice break.
He’s gotten so good at individual play, but of course comes to check in on mom every so often. He’s so cuddly now and I hope he never loses that.
We’ve done baby led weaning with him from the start, which has gone really well. I think it’s why he’s so good with solids and just enjoys them.
He drinks water out of a sippy cup with meals and sometimes a bit of soy milk. I’ve tried giving him whole milk, but he doesn’t seem to digest it very well. He had a cow’s milk protein allergy as a young baby, so I think that has something to do with it.
Cow’s milk is also just a little harder for babies to digest, so soy milk is the next best thing. I try to make sure he eats lots of healthy fats to make up for the loss of fat between cow’s milk and soy milk.
That’s D at 10 months! He’s growing more and more into an independent little toddler.
It’s been great to watch him grow and learn, and each month brings something new!
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