The 9th month of Ben’s life has been full of big events: his first tooth, clapping, waving, starting to crawl… and early morning waking. Joy.
Ben often wakes once or twice during the night, usually if his eczema is bothering him. He still goes to sleep happily at 7pm, and does sleep through, probably only once or twice a week though.
During the day, his routine seems to be very established, and I’m happy with that. It gives me a structure to work around, and it means that leaving him with others is easy, for example, when I’ve been in work for a day or so.
The early morning waking isn’t too bad if it’s after 6am. It’s the 5.30am wake-ups that I’m not happy with. Speaking to others with similar age children, I think this is a common phase. At the moment, I’m going with it, and hoping that he’ll work his way out of it.
So, our days look something like this:
- 6am(ish) – Wake up
- 6.30am – Bottle
- 7.00am – Breakfast
- 9.00am – Nap (usually 1 1/2 hours)
- 12.00pm – Lunch
- 2.00pm – Nap (usually 1 hour)
- 3.00pm – Bottle
- 5.00pm – Dinner
- 6.30pm – Bath followed by Bottle
- 7.00pm – Bed
This gives us a bit more time during the day – he has around a 3 hour ‘awake’ window at the moment. Going out for lunch is a very popular activity (for us all), but the 9-10.30 nap does affect playgroups and things. I’ve found that he really needs the morning nap. He can cope if the afternoon nap is in the car or buggy, but if the morning nap is disrupted, he really struggles to cope.
I’m guessing that at some point he’ll move to 1 nap, but I’m not sure how that’ll happen (and I quite like 2 naps at the moment!).