waking up at night.

Kelly - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my son usually never wakes up at night. he has slept through the night since almost birth. but recently he has been woken up 3 times during the night, around the same time. screaming, i dont know what to do, has anyone else experienced this?



my son is almost 5 months old if that helps.

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Sounds like he is changing sleep cycles, try to teach him how to put himself back to sleep. He will go through changes to his sleep cycles many more times before becoming an adult.
How to help him learn to put himself back to sleep? Have something in or near his bed that he can see at anytime, something that you can take with you if you travel. Maybe even a light muslin square he can have as a security blanket. Just as long as its something he can feel safe with. Don't go straight into him when he cries, give him about 4-5 minutes to realise that he is ok and he is in his bed. Before this time he is probably still waking from his sleep cycle and you going in there will wake him up too much and distract him. If he cries a broken cry with lots of pauses, he is more than likely going to go back to sleep pretty soon. He just needs a bit of time to adjust to the changes of his sleep. Even adults have sleep cycles, but we know how to get back to sleep so we don't even wake up enough to realise that we are moving from one cycle to the other, and don't remember waking up the following morning.
Sleep cycles are simply going from a light sleep to a deep sleep. Babies change cycles almost every 20-40minutes, sometimes less. So if you hear a stir, give him a few minutes and see if he really does need your help.

Kelly - posted on 11/03/2009

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he already has two teeth, and he was pretty good when he was teething. and when he dropped his soother he just roots around for it, the wierd part is that he wakes up at almost the exact same time every night

Tina - posted on 11/03/2009

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he is possibly teething? or does he take a pacifer that he is losing during the night? those are my ideas if it is teething then try orgel they have one that is "nightime" supposedly it last longer. hope he gets back to sleeping good for you.

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