My 9 month old son USED to sleep through the night!!

Meghan - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son has been sleeping through the night since he was 3 months old. In the last three weeks he has been waking and I have had no luck getting him to go back to sleeping through the night. I have tried adding an extra bottle, giving him cereal, less day time naps...more day time naps, tempra, letting him cry it out. I just have no idea what to do or what is causing it. I need help!!!!

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Selina - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hiya, my son Kingston used to sleep from 7pm-8.30am since he was 9 weeks old..up until he hit the 8month mark. Then he started waking many times during the night and would only settle once he was in between my husband and I, with a breast in his mouth. (He wouldnt feed either, just the comfort of having it in his mouth Im guessing) Once he fell asleep, we would put him back in his cot, only to have him wake up an hour later and we would have to do it all over again...



I thought it could have been his gums and so we tried all the teethings gels etc out there..which none of them seemed to do the trick..His first tooth did pop through at 8 & a half weeks and we thought the nightly wakes would cease.....but sadly they didnt...



Until now...they are finally dying down..and that was thanks to a great email I recieved in regards to children seperation anxiety. Supposedly at this 8-10 month mark, children now go through a seperation anxiety faze..where they dont wanna be away from there mums (or dads) and so it said to introduce a cuddly toy, which they can start taking it with them everywhere, especially when its time for bed.



Over the last 2 weeks I have tried this, my son only woke 3 times a night, for the first week and this week he has only woken up once each night (and that was to actually feed!)..

So maybe you should try this before going through medication etc...

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We found that my son did this for a couple of weeks when he went through a big development phase. He crawled, pulled himself up, edged furniture and added three new words to his speech in a two week period. His brain was working overtime to try and process everything he had learnt. It went back to normal after 2.5 weeks (thank goodness!).

If this doesn't happen, you may need to look at their diet (what they are eating for solids) as adding carbs to their last meal might also help.

Jade - posted on 10/04/2009

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it sounds like its teething just give your child the amount of baby panadol its says on the bottle and your child should sleep for the rest of the night but only give your child one dose and only when really necessary some times bonjella and other teething soothers just don't work

Nicole - posted on 10/01/2009

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#1 guess...teething. My daughter was going through the same thing last month and before I knew it there were four top/front teeth!

Deanne - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son did this for 2 weeks because of his teeth, now that they've poked through he's back to sleeping through the night.

Lydia - posted on 10/01/2009

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Occassionaly Lily does the same thing but it is usually because she is about to get sick, have a growth spurt or her teeth are bothering her. The only thing that works to help her sleep longer at these times (when it all becomes too much for both mum and bub) is to dose her with some panadol or phenergan. I wouldnt recommend using phenergan unless panadol isnt doing the job AND you have talked to someone who knows about medications about it first. Also dont recommend using medicating them to help sleep too often or you may actually make things harder for yourself in the long run. It doesnt usually last too long for us so hopefully this one is almost over for you too :)

Jodee - posted on 09/29/2009

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My daughter just started that also at the end of her 8th month / beginning of her 9th month. She is over it now ... but it lasted for about 2 weeks. And in the end she it was because she was teething. I know they say not to ... but we had no choice but to put her in bed with us if we wanted any kind of sleep. So thats what we did and now she's back sleeping through the night in her crib. But it was a rough two weeks.

Nicole - posted on 09/29/2009

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It could be a growth spurt or maybe he is teething! Our son cries during the night but usually is still asleep. Try some tylenol or teething tablets (they are homeopathic). Hopefully its just a phase!

Vicki - posted on 09/29/2009

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My son is waking more often throughout the night, now, too. So halfway through he'll end up in bed with me to nurse, and he is GULPING down the milk! He's a hungry fella, my boy. I've read that older infants and toddlers will often take in more milk at night than during the day, as there is just so much going on during the day. It's also becoming more difficult to nurse in public as he is terribly distractable.



Now if your son is not hungry, it could be teething as that is a terrible pain for a tiny baby... or could be simply that he misses you! It's not possible to spoil the baby by comforting him when he awakens crying. Has he shown any seperation anxiety? Reassure him that you are not gone. At this age baby wants mommy all the time.

Melissa - posted on 09/29/2009

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My 9 1/2 month old daughter just started that. She was sick with high fever last weekend and i let her sleep with us and i was wondering if she got spoiled that fast, but im starting to wonder if its because she is teething. I noticed her gums look a little swollen so maybe she is just waking up cause her gums hurt. Is your son maybe teething too? im going to try a little tylenol if she keeps waking up crying tonight.

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