8 Month old night wakings after sleeping through night

Emily - posted on 11/09/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hello, I'm new to the community so thanks for including me. My son was born 2/27/08 and has been sleeping through the night but just started night waking and really screaming full force! Is anyone else experiencing this and if so how are you handling? We live in an apartment and our neighbors are not too happy with us. I'm hoping it's just one of the many phases....

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Amber - posted on 11/22/2008

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Thanks to my lovely fiance we were able to get through this stage.....he plays a lot of peek-a-boo with our daughter and we read that this is exactly what you want to do to get through this stage. Around this age they go through a stage where they wake up and realize your gone and are afraid you left them. That explains why when you sit next to their crib, rub or pat their back or cuddle them they fall back asleep. We have been playing a lot more peek-a-boo and it has really seemed to help. Good luck and I hope this method works for all of you as well as it has for my family.

Tanya - posted on 11/14/2008

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It's nice to know they're all at the same stage...and we're all getting less sleep - LOL! This past week was all early mornings for us (& very few afternoon naps)! One morning he actually worke up & when I picked him up, he grinned & started practising his "p" sound - my hubby is trying to teach him to say Papa.

Candy - posted on 11/13/2008

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My little one went through the same thing. I choose not to do the crying it out method so I would go into the room, lean over the crib (not pick her up/no feeding) and stayed and soothed until she went back down. Within 2 weeks it worked. Only the occasional night waking (1 per week) now.

Amber - posted on 11/13/2008

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My daughter was born 2/7 and for the past couple of weeks we have had the same problem. She was such a good sleep then all of a sudden she was waking up screaming once or twice through the night! Sometimes she would be up for over an hour. When we would lay her back down she would scream and we would have to start all over. Last night she slept like she used to. If she woke up she made a little whine and went back to sleep on her own! I am hoping the screaming in the middle of the night phase is over adn we are back to being a good little sleeper!

Rebecca - posted on 11/13/2008

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I am dealing w/ the same situation. My daughter has been sleeping great since she was about 1-1/2 months - she would sometimes wake up but I'd give her the pacifier and she'd go right back to sleep. The last few nights when she wakes up, I give her the pacifer and she screams when I try to leave the room. I just pat her or sit by the crib and she's okay - she will open her eyes every little while to make sure I'm still there. If I am she closes her eyes again - if I'm gone she starts screaming. I end up sitting there for hours until I can sneak out of the room w/o her waking up. I'm going to try sleeping w/ one of her blankets or favorite animals to see if that works but I am so sleep deprived and it's only been a few days! I think I'll also try that picture idea next to the crib! Anyone know about how long this lasts? I was SO close to picking her up last night so I could get some sleep in the rocking chair but I don't want to start bad habits. Although I feel your pain, it's nice to know it's not just happening to me. Good luck!

Kim - posted on 11/12/2008

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I feel your pain. Although I caused my son's horrible sleeping habits. I usually put my son on my lap and watch a baby einstein movie to put him to sleep at night and he would sleep through the night. NOW...he is won't sit still on my lap to watch the movie anymore and he is waking up 1-2 times a night. I am so exhausted! Tonight is the night. I am going to put him in his crib as soon as he looks tired and let him cry. It's my fault he is the way he is and I have to fix it.

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2008

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My daughter was born 2/11/08 and has been sleeping through the night from about 3 months....until she started working on the 4 top teeth that have all been coming in at the same time! Now that they are most of the way thru, most nights are sleeping solid...once a week or so, she'll wake in the middle of the night...I never get in from her room unless she has gone from fussy to crying & then only if she isn't back asleep within 10 mins or so....

Some nights when she woke, I would cuddle her back to sleep, put her in bed, and she would wake 10-45 mins later....that was frustrating cause you can't ask what's wrong! A little orajel...maybe frozen teether....a little breastmilk....out like a light!

Kathi - posted on 11/12/2008

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this caught my eye cause my son has the same b-day and he is doing the same thing. all it takes for him is a quick stroll through the house and he is out again for the night!

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2008

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My daughter was born on 2/11 and has been doing the same thing. I use baby oragel on her gums and then rock her back to sleep and it works for us. I hope that things get better!

Kena - posted on 11/11/2008

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Hello, I am new to the community. My daughter was born Feb. 10th. She has been sleeping through the night since she was 3 months old. Recently in the last month or so, she has also been waking up off and on anywhere from 1:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. I think this has to do with her sleep patterns adjusting at this age. Her napping time has also changed from 3 hours in the early part of the day only, to an hour and half to two hours early in the day and then she has started taking another nap late in the afternoon around 4:00 p.m. I have talked to several moms who have experienced this same sleep pattern change at about the same age so I feel reassured that it's all normal and we will probably settle back into a regular schedule soon.

Tanya - posted on 11/11/2008

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My son has been doing the same.... even though he's in his own room. He has also been doing that with daytime naps, but when I cuddle him, he seems to calm down. He's had a hard time with his afternoon nap recently though.... we'll see how this all goes.

Krista - posted on 11/10/2008

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hello my daughter is 8 months old too and she is doing the same thing she wakes up at least once or twice a night just crying and when i go in and pick her up she falls right back to sleep within 10 mins i am hoping it's the teeth that is making her wake up. Some one told me that when they are in a deep sleep the teeth seem to hurt more

I don't know i guess time will tell if she grows out of it

Emily - posted on 11/09/2008

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Thanks Barbara! It's nice to have someon to commiserate with! Best of luck with your son as well.

Barbara - posted on 11/09/2008

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My son has been waking more in the night lately as well, and waking up in the morning earlier. It's a bit frustrating but I've read that it comes with being the age that they are. They are so focused on all that they are learning that they can't really calm down. They wake up and are instantly thinking about all that they have been practicing, and want to get up and get to work. According to the books that I have read, they will get past this stage eventually.
In the meantime, we have been trying to make sure that our son is nice and tired at bedtime, which seems to help. We sleep with our son in our bed as well, so we don't have to wake up as much to attend to him, so we're kind of lucky in that respect. Good luck! I feel your pain!

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