sleep pattern

Erika - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 5-month-old son has developed this habit of waking up anywhere from 10-45 mins after he first goes to sleep. I can usually get him back to sleep within minutes by rocking him or giving him a soother (neither of which is probably good). Once back to sleep he will sleep for hours. He typically does this at the beginning of the night and around 5:30 a.m. He sometimes does it for his early a.m. nap but he rarely even sleeps an hour then. Is anyone else experiencing anything similar? Should I be doing something different or just continue on? Thanks!

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Vicky - posted on 07/25/2009

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It could be his teeth (5 months is not too early) or even excess saliva from the teething process that makes it difficult for him. Look out for other teething symptoms - lots of drooling, chewing anything and everything, redness/rash on cheeks and bound to be many others that I don't recall. When Caterina wakes due to teething pain I often see that she's chewing her fingers, rubbing her face or pulling her ears when she wakes and its usually much more continuous than once per sleep.

Jennica - posted on 07/25/2009

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my daughter is 9mths and she on a schedule and she did it herself! she wakes up around 7:00 and then back to sleep by 10:00. Up by 11:30 and back down by 1:00-2:00. She catnaps through the rest of the day 15-30 min, which frustrates me! then finally she sleeps around 8:30-9:00 through the rest of the night. i guess it just depends on the baby. warm baths always help around bedtime too.

Erika - posted on 07/24/2009

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Yes, that does happen sometimes. He'll fall asleep and not have a burp, but when he wakes up I don't hear a burp. I'm wondering if his teeth could be bothering him?

Vicky - posted on 07/24/2009

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what is happening immediately before your son goes to sleep? our daughter often falls asleep while feeding and, if I haven't burped her well, then startles about 20 mins later for her burp.

Toni - posted on 07/24/2009

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My 2 month old does this some nights.. where he will fall asleep well it seems.. until about 10 mins later where he startles.. then i have to do the whole rocking, soother, singing lullabys, stroking his hair gently to soothe him back to sleep... it might happen again and then i just do the same.. it seems normal with him.. but I dont know.. just wanted to let you know your not the only one! ps he eventually will go to sleep for hours at a time. he just needs love and soothing.

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