7 month old whining/crying in her sleep suddenly a few times a night.

Krista - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 55 moms have responded )

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my 7 month old daughter started crying in her sleep 3-4 times a night, shes not awake but is whining and crying a bit...shes been doing it for almost a week now. im not sure if its just her teething, ive tried giving her oragel and tylenol before bed but it didnt work..shes not hungry or needing changed, i rock her and she goes back to sleep but as soon as i lay her down she starts to cry again, which is weird bc she never usually wants to be rocked..shes a self soother....so any ideas on whats wrong?

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Carrie - posted on 03/27/2010

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My 7month old is doing exactly the same, i was kind of worried at first because he has slept through since he was born (in his cot), but latley he's started waking up about an hour or so after i put him in his cot then as soon as i pick him up he stops and falls back asleep. Then wen i put him back down its the same every ten minutes for an hour or so, i dont no why this is, he is teething but it doesn't seem to affect him during the day! Its just a comfort to no that there so many going through the same! :) x

Chantelle - posted on 04/01/2010

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so is my daughter it gets to the point where she is crying in her sleep and when i wake her she is shaking and wont let me put her back in her own bed she as to sleep with me for the rest of the night...nightmares

Katharina - posted on 03/26/2010

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My 7 month old does not really wake up, he makes sobbing noises like he is crying I tuck him back in sing him a song stroke his head a few times, that seems to help. Some times I do have to pick him up tho, then I just move him in the bed with me hold him and rock him a bit and in about 5 minutes I put him back in his crib, stroke his head a few times tell him good night and he is fine. But he does it every night about 3-4 times.

Amanda - posted on 04/02/2010

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my daughter started doing that recently too...It's not every night that she wakes up but it is most. I give her teething tablets and rock her for a few then put her back into her crib and rub her back for a minute. Then turn her lullabies back on and go back to sleep and she sleeps the rest of the night.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2010

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Im prepared to get grief for this but im a big believer in control crying, its soooo hard and has broken my heart to do but it works and i would rather of had the few nights of difficult times than a few months of grumpy tired mummy all day! My lo has started to wake at 3ish and cries sometimes for an hour or 2, its hard but i go in, put her back where she is covered by the blanket in the cot and offer her a little water (but not every time) and rub her back for a few seconds, i then stroke her forehead gently and leave the room, i repeat this every 10 mins ish, sometimes a little longer depending on her cry, no picking her up out of her cot or talking to her or eye contact!

I cannot stress enough how difficult i found this and i love and cherish my daughter but i unfortunetly have to work and need sleep and my daughter is soooo much happier in the day as she now gets a good night sleep so if you are happy to do it and can stick to it through thick and thin i strongly reccomend control crying, but i totally understand why people dont!

Good luck in whatever path you choose, i always tell myself that its not forever and one day we are going to be pulling their teenage bottoms out of bed and going on about how lazy they are, lol xx xx

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Roberta - posted on 04/01/2010

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mine does the same and he got his first tooth the other day. I also think its about the time they et separation anxiety and after they see you all will be well

Krystal - posted on 03/29/2010

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perfectly normal...don't worry!!! my daughter is doing the same, and yes I have been having less sleep because of this...lol! i read about it in a baby magazine. try looking it up for more info.

Nata - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter have done that for a while now, shes 7 months too. I think she is dreaming. Its propobly nothing to wory about. :)

Chelsea Cleo - posted on 03/27/2010

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My 7 month old is doing the same thing, i go to put her dummy back in and re swaddle her and she wakes up and cried more :S She used to sleep fine during the night!

Laura - posted on 03/26/2010

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my lil girl does this but she will also kick her legs but to stop her crying i give her a dummy or a bottle but not sure why she kicks her legs

Stacey - posted on 03/26/2010

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My 7 month old does the same thing. He'll let out a whine or cry but doesn't wake up so I just leave him in bed.

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2010

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same here...and i talked to the doctor about it and he said it was either his tooth comin in or he is growin so i would put over night oragel on him right before we went to bed and he wasnt wakin up so much so i think it was just his tooth but the doctor said that most babies do there growin at n ight and he told me to just rub his legs when he does it

Katie - posted on 03/26/2010

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I'm another story of the same. In fact, I was up with my 7 month old daughter for the past 2 nights like this. She'll actually cry for 2-3 hours and its horrible. She stops when I pick her up and bounce/rock her, but when she falls back asleep she will wake up right away or within a few minutes and be right back to crying again. It is so hard to be patient, but that's all we can do. They are growing and just want love and support - poor sweethearts.

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My daughter went through this also, and we thought it was because she had a cold and she wanted comfort. When we went to the doctor we found out she had an ear infection. After her full treatment with her medication, she is back to sleeping through the night. So I'm guessing that was the cause.

Retta - posted on 03/25/2010

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my 7 month girl old does it, grizzles and goes back to sleep when i put the dummy back in her mouth, and my 20 month old son still does it quite a few times a night, and then he wakes up at the same time every night crying and will only go back to sleep if i am with him. i believe it is teething as he only has 6 teeth and his gums are rather swallon, having said that it could be a growth spurt, he is quite tall for his age and i have noticed that he gotten even taller in the last few days.

Tara - posted on 03/25/2010

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Mmmm, it's strange that we have all had these problems at the same age. It must just be something they go through? Yeah my little one only winges and I go in her room and her eyes are closed but she's still fussing. I might take her to the doc and see what they say. I'm just so relieved that it's not just me and my daughter that this is happening. Little munchins, they have so many mysteries that we try and solve lol

Raniesha - posted on 03/25/2010

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My 7 month old son is the same way but I usually put the bottle in his mouth and he falls asleep again, but then it feels like I'm over feeding him becasue he also does it 3-4 times a night but a bottle always works with him..

Sabrina - posted on 03/25/2010

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Same here. I have read things about seperation anxiety starts around this age. Maybe? It made since to me. My daughter started it too. I usually let her whine it out, that us all it is is a whine. I will turn her singing crib thing on and she goes back to sleep.

Tara - posted on 03/25/2010

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I'm so happy to know that it's not just my child going through this stage! My daughter is 7 months old and she wakes up 2-3 times a night. She used to sleep through the night and just started waking up. I just go in her room and put her dummy back in and she is usually fine. Sometimes she will want a bottle to settle her though. She doesn't have her teeth yet so I guess they are coming soon. I have heard that at this age they get separation anxiety, so might have a little to do with that. & The flu is going around where I live so I think she has picked that up. I try to give her teething tablets, gell and a bottle before bed but she still wakes up atleast once. Hope it stops soon :D

Nikki - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have been going though it since my little girl was 6 months and that was when my daughter start teething. I had to rock her back to sleep. Do not worry, they want to feel close to you.. its thier comfort, when they are in pain. My little boy went though it and is still now teething and he is just over 2.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2010

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oh and i obviously account for growth spurts and teething etc, i know by how shes crying and the times shes waking up xx xx

Laurie - posted on 03/25/2010

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It could be Night Terrors. My first son, suffered very badly as a baby, he would be fast asleep and would just start crying and whining and then would scream the place down every night. It did just pass in the end, he's four years old now and only has an occassional problem, but it did take until he was nearly two to slow down and all but dissappear. It was suggested to keep note on the times and see of there was a certain time or times of the night and then wake him up just prior to the start, cuddle him, etc and put him back to sleep, believe it or not it worked, but means you have to get up in the night again.

Hannah - posted on 03/25/2010

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hi my son has been doin this i have 2 stand over his cot and reasure him tht im here. i stroke my sons face and he jus goes bk off x

Crystal - posted on 03/24/2010

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My baby has been doing this for a long time, only she actualy cries and wakes up, the docter says she has reflux. There are other symptoms that go with this, Coughing, hiccups, spitting up a lot( my baby spits up 3-6 times an hour evan when not eating, refusing meals. I think there are other symptoms too these are the ones I know of, hope it helps.

Amber - posted on 03/24/2010

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My 2 1/2 year old used to do the same thing at about that age. So does my 7 month son. It isn't a regular thing and neither one ever actually woke up, I always assumed they were dreaming or like some people said...teething.

Brittany - posted on 03/24/2010

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My son did it to. It goes away so don't worry about it. He does it around the time he cuts a tooth. He'll do it maybe a couple nights and then stop and it doesn't return until another tooth is about to cut. As long as she doesn't wake up she'll be fine.

Signe' - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter is 7 months old and she does the same thing! I came to the conclusion that she gets hot at night.So I keep a small fan on low but not directly on her or open a window until she cools down.That might help,...it works for us.

Jennifer - posted on 03/24/2010

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I also have experienced this with my son who is 7 months now. The doctor said it is teething disturbing his sleep. It doesn't happen every night and it does coincide with the fact that he is teething. Sometimes my son wakes up and it is because he needs his diaper changed. He usually will sleep from 6:30 to 6-6:30 am which is great. Some times he will wake and probably feel uncomfortable due to the diaper needing a change. I will just go in change him and usually he will go right back to sleep. At this age they shouldn't need a nighttime feeding. It could be caused by a bad dream but most likely teething. Just have to get through this phase as well. Or possibly he or she could be chilly so make sure room is 68-70.

Padmini - posted on 03/24/2010

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My son is doing the same thing and I read an interesting article online (same as Nicole Emaline posted). It also suggested to wind down babies activites slowly in the night. My son goes to sleep around 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm for the night, we (my husband and I) slowly reduce his playing activites by 8:00 pm and start to put on some soothing music and read some books (basically talking softly). This helps a lotttt!!! If we don't wind his activities down slowly at night and put him to sleep straight from his play time he cries a lot in the middle of the night!! It worked for me...hopefully it works for you. He has not started to teeth yet and he doesn't have any kind of infection or anything else. He is very active at day.

Danielle - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter only does that at night when she has a tooth about to break through. Lately though, she's been really clingy during the day so i'm thinking it may have to do with needing to see mama every once in a while. She woke up 3-4 time a night during the teething and now only wakes twice so i think there's a difference. I have been told this goes on until all their teeth are in as far as the rollercoaster ride that is their sleeping habits.

Leah - posted on 03/24/2010

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my son was like that but then i started to get him in a routine of a bath before bed it seemed to relax him and he sleeps all night from 9 to 8 :)

Becki - posted on 03/23/2010

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Krista B. my 7 month old daughter does the same thing. And she usually goes to sleep on her own. I also think it's her teeth though cause she has a couple starting to poke through.

Shannon - posted on 03/23/2010

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possibly "night terror" and doctors say to never wake them up. my daughter did the same until she was 3 and sometimes even seemed to be awake but she wasn't. and it wasn't only at night, it was nap time also. my son who is 7 months laughs in his sleep a couple times a nite and they also label that as "night terror". ask your pediatricion about it. i hope this helps a bit:) maybe she will grow out of it:) also, she may just be eager to wake up and learn. i want to invent a pacifier you put in your babys mouth and when a number pops up, you look it up in your "handbook" and there's your answer to your problem! i can only wish:)

Stephanie - posted on 03/23/2010

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My daughter is the same way but she wakes up and its weird because she used to sleep through the night and now she doesnt. Shes up about 3-5 times a night. I try to keep her on an exact schedule bath time with a lotion massage and cereal and bottle and then some tylenol and a story and its still not working. I dont know what to do.

Rachael - posted on 03/23/2010

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That is so crazy that this is a common thing. My daughter has been doing it for about a month now and she's 7months and 1week old. She still doesn't have any teeth and has been very clingy and whinning for the past month. She sleeps in the bed with me, which I know is bad but it's just me and her, and we usually keep to our own sides. Now she whimpers all night and wants to lay right next to me at all times.

Kate - posted on 03/23/2010

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My 7 month old has been doin this for a couple of weeks too, she wakes up crying but as soon as we put her dummy in she goes straight back to sleep. shes been on anti biotics for an infection and now she seems alot better. think its a mixture of her teeth and shes gettin to the stage where shes gettin abit mummy-fied.... x

Katie - posted on 03/23/2010

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Mine's doing the same thing. I loved Nicole Emeline's explanation and article she posted on this issue. I've never thought about the many milestones they are reaching mentally (that we may never notice) and how that may affect their sleeping patterns. Possibly her brain is learning and preparing to reach a milestone soon?

Nazima - posted on 03/23/2010

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glad to know dat it's actually a common thing dats happens when babies are at this age.. my 7mo is also doing the same.. waking up a couple of times, crying..but as soon i bf her, she falls asleep immediately.. and yup, it does make me kindda tired in d morning..

Krista - posted on 03/22/2010

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thanks for the comments everyone! i guess this is only normal, maybe she is going through a growth spurt or teething...but it looks like this wont last to long. =]

Becks - posted on 03/22/2010

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This is very reassuring to read such similar stories from all of you. My 7 month daughter has been unsettled at night for the past 2-3 weeks. She tends to wimper and cry out which is unusual for her and it sounds like she is in discomfort. She used to sleep so soundly. She mostly falls asleep fairly well when I pick her up for a cuddle or sometimes just give her a pat. That is, except 4 am onwards - then she usually wants a breastfeed. She had a tooth come thru in the last week so I'm hoping things settle down for her again but prepared to 'go with the flow'.

Nicola - posted on 03/22/2010

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my son is 7 months old and he cries in his sleep sometimes he wakes up and others he just crys out and then goes back to sleep i think hes either dreaming or teething but he doesnt do it every night

Heather - posted on 03/21/2010

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My daughter went through this phase at 6 months and I thought she was hungry so I would try to feed her but she would only get more mad. I then figured out she was still kinda sleeping and would just pat her back and she would just doze off again...she would do this twice a night but after I figured it out we both were better off:)

Claudia - posted on 03/21/2010

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my daughter is 7 months old and is also doing the same thing. i think it's separation anxiety.

Rebecca - posted on 03/21/2010

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Thanks everyone reading this gave My Husband and I ideas that we were right in thinking what was up with our almost 7 mth old son

Jennifer - posted on 03/21/2010

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same thing here...she'll whine/cry and rustle around in her crib 1-2 times a night without actually waking up. i just sneak in and put her pacifier back in her mouth and make sure her blankets are on and she falls right back to sleep without me even touching her. almost like she is having a bad dream.

Alexis - posted on 03/21/2010

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My 7 month old will wimper and whine at night but never actually wake up. I dont know why either. Dad thinks he is having a dream.

Samantha - posted on 03/21/2010

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my son is doing the same thing...started around 7 months, which coincided with a growth spurt and daylight savings time change. up until now he would sleep all night (10-12 hours) but now is waking every 3-4...thing is, he won't stop crying unless I nurse him for a bit...no rocking back to sleep until he nurses first (seems to be comfort nursing). Not sure what is going on, but definetly makes for a very tired mama!

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2010

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Hi, my daughter was doing this as well, but is has now stopped. I had to pick her up and rock her back to sleep. Thankfully it has stopped now. She was about 6.5 mths when it started and she is now nearly 8 mths old. Not sure why but all is good now!

Tracey - posted on 03/19/2010

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Hi Ladies! I was going through this too and doctor said she was teething. It seemed to wake her up at times and she would cry like she was in pain, and stand in her crib screaming until we came in. This week we found out she has an ear infection which has turned into a respiratory infection. Not sure if that was the problem. However, ever since this was diagnosed and she was put on an antibiotic she doesn't do this anymore. The true test will be when she's done with the meds. Dr. said she might have been in pain from laying down and that's what caused it. She is a tough cookie (falls and doesn't cry USUALLY)so I was surprised to hear it may be from teething (eventhough I hear it can be worse at night since they are laying down and have nothing to distract them). But maybe between her teething and ear infection she couldn't handle it. I'm not saying your child is sick, but it's just a thought. Hope this helps :-)

Stacy - posted on 03/19/2010

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So strange, yet reassuring that my little guy is not the only one doing this. I end up nursing him for all of 30 seconds and he is right back to sleep.

Nicole - posted on 03/19/2010

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She might be going through a growth spurt which can disrupt their sleep. You should read the book The Wonder Years. It talks about each week of development and when to expect night wakings and growth spurts. Here is a good link that breifly explains it. It's called Sleep Regression.


http://moxie.blogs.com/askmoxie/2006/02/...

Lisa - posted on 03/19/2010

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same here! my son is 7 months and he wakes up winning and crying. i pick him up and try to nurse him, but he usually refuses. i think it is his teething and sometimes i think he might have nightmares! i dont know! my doctor also said if you put him in the crib before he is asleep he should wake up crying. if you rock him to fall asleep and then put him in his crib, he will get scared when he wakes up and not know how he got there!

Nikki - posted on 03/19/2010

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yup same here with my twins to stgart with it was just one of them and i believed it was just teething wich turned out to be the case as her top teeth have just cut through and after that has stopped now her sister is doing the same thing and her teeth havnt quite come through just yet...i usually just gave them a pat on the back as a bit of reasurance and they tend to go back to sleep
if you think about it when us adults have a tooth ache it makes it rather hard to sleep right through the night..i know u had mny sleepless nights with my wisdom teeth
hopefully your daughter gets her teeth soon

Sabrina - posted on 03/18/2010

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Same here...it's almost like my daughter just wants to be held, even though she is still asleep. She also kind of toss and turns. Her doctor suggested putting her into a bigger bed (which she did with her son and it did the trick), she said it gives them more comfort and room. We are gonna try converting her bed this weekend to a ful size with the bars around it and see if that works.

Stephanie - posted on 03/18/2010

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I wish I knew! My 7 month old is the same way and I can't figure it out. We let her cry it out but she is still waking up 3 times at night. Let me know if you get any suggestions.

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