Waking during the night

Alisha - posted on 03/01/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi, Is everyone's baby going through a 6mth growth spurt at the moment where they wake during the night? or is it teething?

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Andrea - posted on 03/07/2009

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OH MY GOD. We JUST got over it. Public health nurse said likely a growth spurt, but could be teething. She got through it with no teeth though, so for us i think is was growing. but now shes back on schedule! YAY

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Alisha - posted on 07/01/2009

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Well everyone, she is now 10 mths, 1 week and still no teeth!!! But at least her sleep is a bit more regular. I think it may have something to do with us moving interstate and into a new house, maybe that really upset her for 3 mths.

Katie - posted on 03/09/2009

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It could be either or it could be both!  I think it's kind of a wait-and-see thing: if baby starts sleeping normally in a week or two and a tooth hasn't come out, then you'll know!  It could also just be that s/he's changing schedules.

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My son is 6 months, he started waking (more) during the night at 4 months and it's been a struggle since then to keep the NWs to less than 3. I think it's been a combination of growth spurts/developmental milestones/teething. The teething has been the worst problem, and it seems like every time we get one issue sorted out another one pops up.



If your baby is waking erratically and takes a full feed when you feed them, then it is probably a growth spurt. If they're drooling, biting everything and waking really irritable then it could be teething. Some babies have trouble sleeping when they start to learn how to sit and crawl, and they will try to practice in their sleep. When my son was learning how to sit, he would stick his legs straight up in the air at night and rock back and forth, keeping him up.



It's a crazy time for sleep! Good luck!

Susie - posted on 03/08/2009

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I am going through it right now.  Ava is cutting her first two bottom front teeth.  She has been waking a few times throughout the night but usually goes right back to bed after nursing.  I am trying to get her sleeping longer through the night but I think sometimes she is just going to do it in her own time.  I've heard that by 9 months babies start to not need night feedings as often.  I hope that's the case for us! :)

Susie - posted on 03/08/2009

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I am going through it right now.  Ava is cutting her first two bottom front teeth.  She has been waking a few times throughout the night but usually goes right back to bed after nursing.  I am trying to get her sleeping longer through the night but I think sometimes she is just going to do it in her own time.  I've heard that by 9 months babies start to not need night feedings as often.  I hope that's the case for us! :)

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2009

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mt little boy is he is 6mths now and he is going to bed at 6 o clock but then fussing during the night whitch is waking me up ans then waking him up so in turn we only get about 6-8 hours sleep during the night

Rachel - posted on 03/06/2009

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We have yet to see a tooth, but I swear Abby's been "teething" for months! :) She also started waking during the night after sleeping through it for months. Whatever it is, I'm ready for it to pass so we can all sleep again!

Colleen - posted on 03/06/2009

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It is definitely both.  Abigayle was sleeping through the night until she started teething 2.5 months ago.  But, everytime she hit a growth spurt I knew because she would be hungry all night and all day.  I have also noticed that when her gums are especially tender she does not drink from the bottle as well and is therefore more hungry though the night.  She is now going through a 6 mos growth spurt and her front top incisors are pushing through again and I am up at least once a night to feed her sometimes twice even though we had gone back to sleeping through most of the night for a couple of weeks.  As for teething I find the tylenol helps but the topical pain relievers (like orajel) did absolutely nothing for her.  The bottle is also a mechanism for comfort for babies so sometimes they just need to be comforted and put back to sleep with the familiar.  As for sleep deprivation, regular sleeping habits, etc.  Abigayle is on a pretty strict routine as far as sleeping is concerned.  She naps at the same time every day for about the same amount of time.  Her bedtime routine has been the same for 3months - bath, bottle, bed.  And she set her own eating schedule, which is a constant in our house.   I think every child is different and therefore will react to the many different changes in their bodies in different ways.  I do not believe there is any such thing as spoiling an infant - our purpose right now is to give them everything they need to know that the world is not a scary place and there are people in it they can trust.  I think the best thing we can do for our infants is to give them what they need when they need it;  if we listen they will tell us.

KC - posted on 03/04/2009

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My daughter did the same thing, she was a great sleeper in the beginning, then for some unknown reason started waking in the middle of the night, but after about a month of that she has settled into sleeping through the night again, right about the time she started teething so I don't think it was gum pain. Another Mom said it happens when they go through a major milestone and something changes in their life like starting to eat solid food... or crawling. At least she outgrew that stage quickly.

Jennifer - posted on 03/02/2009

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It is little of both. Lilly doesn't really wake up that much. She goes to sleep between 10-12, I give her 4-5 oz. of formula and an 1 oz. of cereal before bed to fill her up. I also use the teething tablets. They have worked wonders for me, I have 2 other children that I used it with them and I love them.

Maria Eugenia - posted on 03/02/2009

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I bought a book called "Healthy sleep habits, happy child" by Marc Weissbluth, M.D, and it is the perfect handbook for all the questions you can have about sleeping issues. My 4 year old daughter did not sleep thru the night until she was 3 so from the moment I decided to have another baby I knew I had to do things differently. The book has some pretty interesting tips and also answers to your questions. It actually says that neither teething or growing pains cause night wakenings. It says that between 6-18 months a lot of babies the night wakening is more likely due to nap depravation, overstimulation, or abnormal sleep schedules. It also says that based on studies the growing pain usually occurs in the afternoons and the evenings. I can tell you that I beleive that because my 4 year-old sometimes complains of pain and it is always in the late afternoons-evenings.



I have followed most of his advises so far and I am definitely getting more rest and sleep than I did with my first daughter. I am also less stress and I enjoy my baby during the day a lot more now. It is not easy some times, but I personally think both my baby and I need the rest and I don't really want to get her used to me going in ther at night because it is so much more difficult to break that habit when they are older. I hope this helps!



 

Krista - posted on 03/02/2009

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Having the same problem. I think it's both too. Waiting for both to be over! Motrin has helped us too.

Melissa - posted on 03/02/2009

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i think it might be a little of both.  My little guy was sleeping through the night for a couple months, then the past couple weeks he's been waking up 3 or 4 times.  usually I just have to rock him and he goes right back to sleep, but sometimes it takes me feeding him.  Is your baby drooling a lot during the day?  If so, then it's probably teething.  The pain usually comes out more at night where there are less distractions than during the day.  I use Baby Motrin and it seems to soothe his achy gums.  Your pediatrician may be able to give you some pain control methods too.

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