Silja's Sleep Diary: eleven months old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
At eleven months old Silja has
started to walk and is doing very well on a regular nap, activity and
night time sleep schedule. Unfortunately a baby cold spoils the fun ...
Silja is eleven months old today
it's not a very happy anniversary for her. She started to walk last
and is very happy and proud of her new skills. The
rest of us live
in mortal fear of her somehow getting into the stairs despite the newly
installed stair gates.
However, she's had a baby
: a very
past two days and it makes her very uncomfortable at night when she's
lying flat. Right now she's taking her morning nap in her cot and
snoring awfully - I think yesterday was much better when she napped in
her buggy and I could keep her propped up at a slight incline.
been told to lift up one end of the cot, maybe by putting some books
under the feet, but I find that she just slides to the other end.
Silja's baby sleep schedule at eleven months old
Silja is still taking two naps a day, and practically never misses the
morning nap between 9 and 11am.
She might take an afternoon
around 2 to 3pm, but if she misses she's now not so likely to nap later
in the afternoon. However, she likes to take a little rest and maybe
nurse a little at around 5pm once she's had her 'afternoon tea'.
seems to want 4 solid
meals a day
- at around 7.30am, 12 noon, 4pm and
7pm, and nurses about three times during the day, plus once or twice a
Getting her to sleep in
the evenings is perfectly uncomplicated
unless she gets too overexcited in the bath - she just loves to splash
around. However, she's definitely not interested in going into her cot
before she's very tired, nursed herself to exhaustion and almost
asleep. I should probably give her a bit more practice in this, but
have been too busy with all the normal detail of family life to
remember to focus on it.
Now at eleven months old she still has the annoying habit of waking up a couple of times in
very late evening
, and then she's mostly after a cuddle or
a little bit
of nursing - just to check it's still there, I suppose. I'm starting to
think of weaning her off breastfeeding, but will probably not rush it
Once she's properly asleep after 11pm she will now mostly
sleep through, or wake once
. It's a bit difficult to know
for sure, as
if I pick her up I mostly fall asleep with her next to me. It's lovely
to wake up in the morning and find her snuggled up next to me,
especially now when she's a bit bigger and I don't really worry about
rolling on top of her any more.
However, I still think I
when she's in her own cot, and prefer her to start her nights there.
All that sounds very nice and quite tolerable for an eleven months old,
but in reality last
night I was sitting in the bathroom with Silja at 3am, running the
shower as hot as possible to make steam
to relieve her congestion
About an hour before, my husband had very politely excused himself and
toddled off to the spare bedroom to get some sleep. Obviously, we're
very lucky to live in a house and be able to run the shower at any hour
of day or night (not allowed in Swiss apartment buildings) and to have
a spare room for storing tired husbands.
Still, I'm now off to join
Silja for a little nap myself - after the PTO lunch - and hope she'll
feel better already tonight!
Coming Up: Silja's Sleep Diary: One Year Old