My 8.5 month spirited boy was on a great schedule, but it has now all gone up the wop! He pretty much dropped the catnap himself by needing longer A times, and was having 2 good length naps during the day. This was his EASY for an average day with 3hr A time:
7am wake and take medicine
7:30 BF (have to wait 30mins after meds)
8:30 solids - cereal and fruit
12:30 solids (whatever I'm having for lunch he has too usually, we're doing BLW)
6pm start BT routine (includes a top up feed)
Now he is taking short naps all of a sudden and is waking about 1-1.5 hours after bedtime and seems to think that was just a nap and gets wild when we don't take him out into the lounge.
This was his EASY yesterday:
7:30 wake and meds
2:30-3pm nap (only 30 mins! Tried to resettle for 30 mins then gave up as he wasn't calming down)
6 pm bedtime
7:10 awake and in a rage for 35 mins until he finally calmed down in my arms, I put him down and he went to sleep with the occasional howl, but would just cry out once then stop and be quiet for a few minutes then repeated that about 3 times before going to sleep.
He then woke at 2ish and 5:55, cried out once and went back to sleep by himself.
I'm not sure what the problem is, he had 2 nights when he woke about 8 and was really hungry. he had eaten lots of solids those days, so I fed him thinking he was going through a growth spurt. He's back to normal eating patterns and I've stopped feeding him if he wakes, is 2 days long enough to develop a pattern? The 2 days prior to yesterday, I tried giving him an early BT because of the naps, but he treated it like a catnap, was so over the top hysterical we brought him into the lounge where he played happily with his toys for ages, we tried to put him down a few times after that, but he screamed his head off until 3 hours had passed since waking when he went to bed happily like he normally does.
Today he only managed 2 hours A time in the morning before I had to put him to bed as he seemed so tired, but then he only slept 45 mins!
Could it be he needs his A time extended? He's only been on 3 hours for a couple of weeks. He has reflux but I'm sure that is under control, I think he's starting to grow out of it. Developmentally he has just learnt to pull himself up which he does over and over again all day. He can't do this in his bed though.
He goes off to sleep independently with no fuss, we tried PU/PD but that doesn't work for him as he spends ages screaming in our arms without calming down.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! It's so horrible hearing him scream so much at night (All 3 of us: me, DH and DS were in tears last night) and I'd love to get a bit more Y time during the day!