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    Default 10 m.o. regression for past 2 months

    Hi all. Dealing with a regression that's lasted for the past 2.5 months...Perhaps now habit and not a regression??

    So - My 10 month old boy slept through (7pm-6am) basically every night from 10 weeks - 8 months (with the odd unsettled night for teething, sickness etc of course).

    Then he just stopped. In the past 2.5 months, he's slept through only 2-3 times. Every night I have to breastfeed him at least once, sometimes three times 😬 last night my husband and I had to go in to him 5-6 times total! Nothing big in our lives changed 2.5 months ago. He started dropping a day milk feed but I responded by adding in more solids.

    He often does seem hungry for the first feed - I can hear him gulping - and he goes back to sleep easily. But or the subsequent wake ups I TRY not to feed him but he claws at me and gets upset. I don't think he's hungry for these feeds.

    We have tried:
    *More protein in meals
    *Switching up naps
    *Switching up bedtime
    *Husband settling him (doesn't work, gets very very upset)
    *We only go in when he's actually upset, not grizzling
    *Night light, solid bedtime routine, etc
    *Water

    I don't know what to do. Spoke to the child health nurse and she thought it was odd he'd change so drastically, but she offered no solutions 😒

    I WON'T do cry it out. I've tried camping out, patting his bum, ssssshing, etc, but he gets so upset and claws for my boobs. He is a big boy and eats 3 solid meals, arvo tea, 5-6 breastfeeds a day.

    Help! Why has he changed so drastically???

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    Could it be separation anxiety? I thought it could start around that age. Or teething?

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    I would say seperation anxiety too. He's getting to an age where he is much more aware. Babies nurse for comfort even if they don't need the food. He just wants to be near you in the most comforting way.
    Is he just starting to crawl or pull up or any other type of milestone?
    Every time my daughter learned anything new it would set her back with sleeping and eating. She actually did something quite similar to your son.
    Hopefully the phase won't last too long for you. For us it lasted quite a while, which was frustrating!

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    I am in exactly the same situation with my DD...it is definitely a case of separation anxiety here...really hoping she calms down soon...we all need sleeeeeeeep! 😴
    Good luck OP...sorry i can't help...keep us posted though yeah?

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    Thanks all! Last night "not too bad" - husband was able to settle him at 11pm, then I fed him at 2am.

    Separation anxiety does make sense. But for more than 2 months?? Come on, dude!

    The waking started around the time he started crawling and standing. Bluebirdgirl, how long did the phase last for you?

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    I'm trying to think hey. She's 2 yr and 5 months now. I guess it lasted at least 4 months and could have been twice as long lol
    I just recall thinking we had just started sleeping through and then bang she was waking twice a night again. Around that time she made a huge leap with her verbal skills though. She was already walking.
    She's been the kind to be really sensitive each time she made a milestone. She's my 6th and I never really noticed it as much as with her.

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    My daughter is 10 months 1 week. She started waking again during the night at around 8 months as well. Started as once. Then twice. Then 3 times. I ended up saying to DH we wouldn't feed her pre midnight so he would settle her as she just wants boob if I go in. Ho early though we didn't really change anything and the last week, tough wood, she's slept through all bar 1 night where she had a feed at 5am. Hopefully we are through it now, and hopefully you are soon too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna matata View Post
    My daughter is 10 months 1 week. She started waking again during the night at around 8 months as well. Started as once. Then twice. Then 3 times. I ended up saying to DH we wouldn't feed her pre midnight so he would settle her as she just wants boob if I go in. Ho early though we didn't really change anything and the last week, tough wood, she's slept through all bar 1 night where she had a feed at 5am. Hopefully we are through it now, and hopefully you are soon too!
    This gives me hope! He IS going down much better for his naps so hopefully the nights will follow soon.

    Yeah I find he is crazy about husband during the day but at night he just wants boob. Gets more upset when my husband goes in to try and settle, keeps looking at the door waiting for me!

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