Silja's Sleep Diary: ten months old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
At ten months old, baby
starting to settle well in a new routine. The regularity of her sleep
schedule helps her
sleep better too.
Silja is 10 months old today, and
crawling happily on the floor as I
write this. In fact, she’s chewing her sister’s swimming goggles – one
of her absolute favourite teething toys. She’s just had her 6th tooth!
We’re now back ‘home’ in Switzerland from our vacation ‘home’ (confusing, isn’t
it?) in Finland, and things are starting to settle a
bit. It’s been another crazy month with lots of travelling and very
We’ve stayed anywhere from our very basic cabin in
the woods (no plumbing, no electricity) to a luxury hotel (where we
couldn’t get into our rooms for an afternoon nap because Madonna and
the family was checking out late).
Finding a routine again
Silja’s sleeping has been very erratic as well, not quite as bad as a
month ago however. Or it may well be that we’ve been so busy enjoying
ourselves that we haven’t paid much attention to the situation. The
last couple of days have in fact been really enjoyable.
The big kids
have started school, and although I think Silja misses having them
around, and I miss them too, I’ve had a chance to pay more attention to
her needs and just enjoy being with her. The regularity of the school
runs also probably helps to structure her day somewhat.
She’s up at around 7am in the morning, and may then have a nap at some
point between 9.30 and 11am. A good nap for her is about 2 hours, but
she sometimes wakes up in the middle and needs a cuddle before she nods
off again. If the morning nap has been early or short, she’s often
tired at around 1 or 2pm, or a bit later.
I was thinking she could get
a good nap at school pick-up time in her
buggy, but we’ve had pretty
extreme weather conditions this week – a heat wave of up to 36 degrees
centigrade in the afternoons – so long walks to school have been
scrapped in favour of air-conditioned car rides until things improve.
On most days our ten months old takes two naps, but the timing depends
on what else is
going on. She has one more ‘nap slot’ at around 5pm if she hasn’t
napped earlier in the afternoon. Often she’s having too much fun with
her siblings at this time, and will try to hang on until her bedtime at
We’ve been thinking and trying out an earlier bedtime for
Silja and although it would probably have worked well for her, in the
end it just didn’t work for the rest of the family.
But never mind,
she’s now pretty good at going to sleep in her cot. I still nurse her
before bed and then carry her into her cot where she mostly falls
asleep quickly by herself. If she’s not tired she may play a bit,
practice her standing and walking around, and then want to nurse a bit
The only thing that I really find difficult right now is the fact
that she keeps waking up in the evenings, often up to five times,
before she’s in deep sleep at around 11pm.
She may then sleep almost
through the night, but mostly wakes up once around 5am, and can wake up
So overall, things are looking rather good at ten months old, and I’m
that we’re settling, enjoying our new home and seem to have survived a
big transition relatively unscathed. Es geht wir gut!