My 7 month old recently started waking at 4:18am every morning. Any ideas why?

Jessica - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old baby girl slept all the way through the night until she hit 6 months, so for two months now, she has started waking at 4:18am every morning. It's not even for a bottle, and I suspected teething but nurofen has no effect on her, so then I thought she was getting too cold, but she kicks the blanket off herself. I've tried feeding her, her last bottle before bed as late as I can but still she wakes at the same time every morning, does anyone else have any idea as to why she has a new found love for early starts?

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Renae - posted on 12/17/2009

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I think she has decided that 4:18am is morning. That is very common, is that the time the sun gets up where you are and peaks in through her blinds/curtains?

What time does she go to bed? Over 6mo it is common for babies to sleep 10 hours overnight, she might be going to bed too early.

A few comments on things in your question. Nurofen and paracetamol have no affect on 50% of teething babies, it does nothing for them, so it could still be teething. Try Hylands teething relief tablets or Bauer teething relief or anything else on the chemist shelf they mostly have the same stuff in them, along with a numbing gel like Bongela.

A 7mo is not capable of knowing that having a blanket on makes them warm or a blanket off makes them cold. She is not capable of kicking her blanket off because she is hot, she doesn't know that it is the blanket making her hot. She is kicking it off by accident. This does not rule out that she is cold. If her skin is cold to the touch or her temperature is below 36.5 she may well be cold. Between 4-5am is the coldest part of the night.

Hope something I have said helps.

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Jessica - posted on 12/19/2009

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Thank you ladies for your comments and suggestions. I just did my routine teeth check (rubbing my finger on top and bottom gums) on her and found two jagged teeth coming through, one on the top, one on the bottom. So now I know the cause I might just have to stick it out until teething is over, once again thank you al!

Chelle - posted on 12/17/2009

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my daughter is 7months and has got into the habbit of waking up at 5am. normaly she would sleep until 8am. bottle will not settle her.

she wakes up cooing and talking to herself. then she will stand up in her cot and cry for me (very loud until i pick her up)

the only way i can get her back to sleep again is if she comes in with me in my bed.

i dont want her to get in a bad routine but i need my sleep (16weeks 6days pregnant)

Marie - posted on 12/17/2009

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if your not sure if she is cold or not why not try a sleeping back 2.5 tog for winter, 1 tog for summer, while it is so cold put a vest and baby grow on her then into her bag, she will be nice a nd cosy then but defo no heating on upstairs at least that way you wil know she is not cold, a midwife told me feel their chest from the top its easier than undoing them and waking them, and yes ignore her she should go back off, my lil boy is 3 yrs now and sleeps 7am til 8am due to the ignoring they wil go back off and my 3 month old i used to put his dummy in but he knew then i was there so stopped that too and he sleeps 9pm til 6 or 7 am! good luck let us know how you get on, be strong and dont give in, you need your sleep as well!

Jessica - posted on 12/16/2009

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First she wakes mumbling, but if ignored she cries, if further ignored she screams. I can't win lol

Brandi - posted on 12/16/2009

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I agree with Ashley. Is she crying when she wakes??? My kids both would get up really early, but if I ignored them, the would talk themselves back to sleep or would wait pretty patiently until MY specified waking time (which is usually 7 a.m.) I don't function well at all before that lol

Ashley - posted on 12/16/2009

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my daughter is 14 months and does this sometimes. i just ignore her and she gets herself back to sleep. i think its just a habit. try ignoring her and maybe she will stop getting up. good luck!

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