does any1 elses 9 month old wake up 3-5 times a night?

Nix - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 159 moms have responded )

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can any1 advice me on what to try to make my little one sleep thru?
she has b4 slept thru but for sum reason she wakes up constantly EVERY night, i give her her bttle just b4 bed and she usually falls asleep but then wakes up thru the night.
any1? thanx.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son wakes up 1-2 times a night. He usually wants a bottle, but sometimes doesn't, I think he just wants to sleep with us. You can try letting her cry for a few and then go get her, sometimes they just do it cause they know you will get them.

Angela - posted on 03/26/2010

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My 9 month old goes to bed around 7 - 7:30 every night but still wakes up at 11 pm and then around 5 am. I guess they call that sleeping through the night (6 hours or more) and I can't really complain because he doesn't eat and normally easily soothed. All of a sudden however, he started waking more and wouldn't settle after. We figured out he was too soaked for comfort. We switched to a larger sized diaper for the night time and that helped. Otherwise we can't figure out how to get him to sleep longer or sooth himself back to sleep in the middle of the night.

Lena - posted on 03/26/2010

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Heya Nix Topping, I was having the same problem with Bri, she would wake up every two hours on the dot. so i took my cuzzy's advice and it worked a treat. It's up to you whether you take it or not:)

I gave bubz baby rice cereal in a bottle just before her bedtime - made up to 110ml. Then after that, i'd give her a bottle before sleep, up to her whether or not she ate, I was just making sure that she was full before sleeping...and she only woke up once during the night. I've stopped giving her the cereal now (it's been 2 weeks since she stopped having it, and i only gave her cereal for about 2 weeks) and she's pretty much settled into waking up only once a night...i think your bubz has gotten used to being up through the night...gotta break the habit!

Good luck!

Vanessa - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son is doing the same thing right now!! I just feed him and he goes right back to sleep!

Nina - posted on 03/26/2010

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Holy cow yes! My 9 month old is up a lot at night although recently we have it down to twice a night. My doctor says to let her cry it out, but I DO NOT believe in crying it out. A nine month old baby should technically be able to go through the night without a feeding. However, if you feed them at night they will wake up at the same time approximately every night for a feeding. I have had some success with the old water trick. I give some water and then let her rest on my tummy for 10 minutes before putting her down. You might also want to try having the dad put the baby to sleep. For those of you interested there is a book on no cry sleep solutions. I will post the author when I borrow the book from my friend.

Natasha - posted on 03/26/2010

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Yup. Try giving her a warm bottle and some tylenol, in case she is teething somewhere where you can't see. Good Luck!

Rebecca - posted on 03/26/2010

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my son has been never slept through the night. i can give him a bottle or breastfeed him and he still wakes up during the night. he is like clock work. sametime everynight and i havent changed anything in his routine either. some babies just dont sleep through the night

Lina - posted on 03/26/2010

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my 9 months daughter is doing exactly the same thing. She used to sleep through the night since she was 6 months old, but since 2 weeks ago (exaclty when she turned 9 months), she is waking up several times every night, and she is so hungry!. I think she is just growing because also during the day she is eating much more than what she used to do.

Dichiara - posted on 03/26/2010

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My daughter still wakes up at least once. None of my other children did that. I think all babies are different. You'll probably just have to stick it out. I don't think there's really anything you can do.

Becky - posted on 03/26/2010

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Check this site out - it's really good advice... www.sleepsense.net. I totally hear you though... my baby girl has been doing the same thing to us.

Brittany - posted on 03/26/2010

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with my first son, he did that and we would put him in bed with us but i vowed for the next, i would not do it. so i let him cry a little bit when he was 6 mos. and he would go back to sleep. and now, he sleeps all night :) it's hard to do in the beginning but it is well worth it. just let them cry max 15 min. and if they don't go back to sleep check to make sure your baby isn't wet. otherwise, they have no real need to eat besides habit.

Jessica - posted on 03/26/2010

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my daughter is doing the same thing. she was sleeping through the night at about 5/6 months and then we went on vacation for 2 weeks and everything went down the crapper. i think it's because she's teething. try putting teething nighttime gel on her gums and giving either infant tylenol or motrin before bed. it works for us. now she maybe wakes up once...if she wakes up i do the usual: change diaper, give a few teething tablets and another shot of motrin and then rock her back to sleep. we also bought a white-noise machine and i play music when i'm rocking. sometimes she goes right back to sleep - sometimes not. seems most nights she just wants to be held and cuddle...but will eventually fall back to sleep. you will have to try and let her cry some nights though! eventually she'll figure it out ~ it will take a while and a LOT of patience, which most mom's don't have...

and at 9+ months, they shouldn't need to eat in the middle of the night. is your daughter eating "people" food yet or still on baby food? i've found that if mine has a big dinner she'll sleep better. we've found she loves pasta and sauce. she'll eat a ton of that, and potatoes and frozen green beans (but the green beans have to be cooked in a little pam and not in water). but try feeding her a big dinner and then a couple hours later her nighttime bottle. that may help...

Monique - posted on 03/26/2010

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mine does too, I'm hoping it's just a growth spurt or something. She's been waking up in the middle of the night every night crying for a bottle, when before she had been sleeping 12-13 hours straight through the night for months. It could also be teething, try some orajel or baby tylenol.

Jacque - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son is strickly breastfed. I'd love to have him take a sip cup, but every bottle or sip cup that I have tried doesn't seem to work. (I've even tried the unimaginable and put a little chocolate in the 2% milk. Breastmilk in a cup doesn't work.) He also eats anything off the table that I will let him have (which is usually at every meal). I've tried having my husband, daughter and mother in law to give him the sip cup while I'm out of sight and it doesn't work either.



Nonetheless, he still wakes up at night. He wakes around 4:30-5 to nurse. He doesn't eat again until around 10am and then takes a nap until 1 or 2pm. He wakes up hungry so he nurses. He eats again around 5 or 6. He will nurse again around 8-9 and then sleeps. He's up again around 11pm-1am to nurse again and usually will go right to sleep when he's done. (His crib is across the hall from us.)



I hope he sleeps through the night by the time he turns 1, because if he doesn't, I think I'll loose my mind. I have 3 older children to deal with during the day and I need my sleep! :)

Leslie - posted on 03/25/2010

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do you let her cry it out to put herself back to sleep? i agree, maybe she's teething? i've heard the teething tablets work well. i haven't tried them before, only tried baby orajel, but they seem to get great raves by everyone who uses them. she shouldn't be hungry, if she's eating enough throughout the day. and doesn't need to be fed in the middle of the night at this age... try the teething tablets maybe? or try letting her cry it out more and more each time? good luck.

Lynne - posted on 03/25/2010

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hope you dont mind me asking but how did you stop breastfeeding in night, my 9mth old is constantly wanting to nurse through the night at moment, i feel neither of us are getting sufficient sleep, importantly her. i tried blanket to no avail, letting her cry it out is difficult too as she is in same room as us!

Staca - posted on 03/25/2010

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All Three of my kids have ALWAYS slept thrue the night! unless they where sick! Just feed your baby something other then liquid! because Liquid goes thrue thier body fast and they will be up in three hours! so your basicly asking to be woke up! I always give my baby a heavy meal before bedtime! Oat meal is a Great one! I was never the mother waking up at 3:00 am because my baby was hungry! well maybe the first week ; )

while I was pregnant I just had to drink coffee, lol! and some people say its not good but I always drank it before Noon! because it would give my baby a big boost then sleep at night! (I belive this gets them in a sleeping rutine) maybe im wierd but it seemed to work! oh and if you drink coffee try not to take your Vitmins at the same time!!!! caffine will push the Vitmins thrue your body soo fast that it wont give your body enough time to obsorb the Vitmins! so if you drink coffee and take Vitmins at the same time you might as well just go toss them in the toilet!

make lots of noise during the day while your baby sleeps! it will either keep them up and they will sleep for you at night when your needing sleep! or your baby will just have to get use to it and become a harder sleeper! and DO NOT make the bed a bad place to be! as soon as your baby wakes up get them out of the bed!!! always begin and end on a good note! no matter what!!!!! You & Your Baby WILL have a much Healthier, Happier & Easier Life! Good Luck!
~Staca~

Cindy - posted on 03/24/2010

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Kamryn wakes up 3-4 times still. Every once in a while she will wake up once and that great but the 3-4 times a night is the regular routine.

Megan - posted on 03/24/2010

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My son is 9 1/2 months and has only slept through the night a few times. But in the last 2 months he wakes up every 30 minutes ALL night long, EVERY single night. It's exhausting. Even if we grab him and bring him in bed so he can sleep with us, he still tosses and turns and cries every 30 minutes (some nights we are lucky enough for it to be every 15 minutes..). He isn't hungry, he isn't hurting, I don't know what's wrong. He hasn't gotten up to eat at night since he was 2 1/2 months old.

We finally tried letting him cry it out this weekend. I was expecting him to cry for an hour from what I was told and read, but he only cried for 35 minutes. He went to bed at 9:30, woke up at 2:25 and cried until 3, and was sound asleep until 9:30. He never sleeps past 8 so that was nice. He caught the cold going around so we haven't tried it since, I'd feel like the worst mother in the world for letting him cry when I know he doesn't feel well.

Stefania - posted on 03/24/2010

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My 9 months old boy is exactly the same, I tried everything, but still waking up every 3 hours..I think is due to the teething, all I due is breastfeeding and goes back to sleep in 10 minutes..be patient seems a commun thing at this stage...good luck

Shudiara - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter is doing the same exact thing. I barely get any sleep at night. She is either waking up for milk or because she loses her pacifier. So I hope to wing her from it soon, so I can get some sleep!!! I wish I could help you out, but I guess we all need this answer!! Good luck!!

Danielle - posted on 03/24/2010

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does she want to eat or does she just wake up and want to cuddle? my little guy wakes up all night long and wants to eat. He doesn't need to, it is just developed into a habit. I just sooth him-pick him up if I have to, once he is calm i set him back down. sometimes you have to repeat that process several times but eventually they calm down and will go back to sleep. it is sleep training-teaching them to soothe themselves back to sleep. it might take awhile so you will be in for some sleepless nights but it shouldn't take more than a month and then you will both be able to sleep thru the night. Oh also if she is teething that can wake her up in the night or if she has learned a new skill like sitting up or crawling she may want to practice it, just give her plenty of opportunities to practice new skills during the day :) hope this helps!

Jessica - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter use to be the same way, then i started feeding her baby food right before bed and she only wakes up once a night. It has helped a lot!

Debra - posted on 03/23/2010

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It's quite obvious that your baby is using the bottle as a sleep aid, so every time she wakes up from a sleep cycle she doesn't know how to put herself back to sleep without it. The only thing you can really do is let her cry it out so she learns to put herself to sleep. I recommend the book Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall. It changed my life.

Kristyn - posted on 03/23/2010

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She may be cutting teeth. Motrin mixed with the Homeopathic teething tablets and a little Orajel before she goes to bed may help cut down how many times she is waking up.

Melissa - posted on 03/23/2010

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oh my word, my son just started sleeping through the night again but yes he went through that too. I think it could be teething but also just anxiety. Not for sure but basically had to wait it out. I tried a lot of things. Nothing worked. But they will get back eventually! They will learn to self sooth!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/23/2010

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Mine still hasn't slept through an entire night. He has the same problem. He nurses, maybe a few hours after eating solids, and goes to bed... wakes up once... or twice less than an hour in, and then wakes up 1-3 times throughout the night, when I'm actually in bed. I've kind of accepted it at this point though.

Robyn - posted on 03/23/2010

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Chris also still wakes up through the night. Doctor says that he is cutting more teeth and that most babies will go through this phase. It should pass within a couple months. My oldest did not sleep through the night until he was a year old.

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2010

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I think it is just that time in their lives. My baby is almost 9 months and was sleeping really good and now all of a sudden, up 5 or more times a night. He went to bed at 8:15pm, woke up at midnight- ate 6 oz and than awake again at 5am and ate another 6 oz. So just give it a little bit. I bet they will settle down very quickly.

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We have just started this week to try cut out our little boys night feeds. We have found that by giving him a filling dinner (vege's and pasta or the like) about 1/2 hour before giving him a breastfeed to go to bed then a bottle of formula as I'm going to bed (around 10pm) has worked really well. He has only been waking once during the night (compared to approx 3 times) and even then he has been able to self settle back to sleep. I haven't been getting up to tend to him unless he has had a stressed cry like something is wrong.

Katrina - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter started out being an amazing sleeper. I was shocked! Then the teething started. Got her first in at 5 months. She's up to 8, 5 of which came in within a month period, this last Feb and into March. She's finally sleeping longer stretches but is far from going anything decent and she's up several times a night easy, though less than when the teeth were "right there". We honestly think she's now having nightmares or somehow associates night with those teeth even if nothing is moving. They do learn to sleep. My oldest NEVER slept and finally did, and still does..he's 9 now. She's also considering going mobile at the moment. Things like that can cause night waking. The brain "working overtime". It will pass. Just give a few extra cuddles and things will be good sooner than you think :)

Debbie - posted on 03/22/2010

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my son use to get up 3 or 4 times a night. Try to feed her a jar of baby food. To fill her up cause now my son only wakes up once a night. Then i give him a bottle then he back to sleep.

Sandy - posted on 03/22/2010

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Teeth have alot to do with it I think. Anna has 8 teeth and is cutting 2 more right now so our nights have been awful. I wake up in the morning at 6 and it is all I can do to get out of bed and get my older children off to school. I stay tired here lately. Good luck to all.

Catherine (Cathy) - posted on 03/22/2010

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OK-Glad to hear I'm not the only one out there. My 9 month old has been waking up 1-4 times a night for months. I have tried everything. Once a night I don't mind. It's the 3-4 times a night like last night that are frazzling my brain. She has 4 teeth in right now and I don't see any others coming through yet, but I'm sure there up there causing her grief. She is my 2nd child. My oldest is 5 years old. I honestly don't remember nights being this bad. They may have been and I just blocked it out. and I cannot find my 5 year olds first year calander to prove myself right or wrong. and to top it all off, she takes 2-3 30 minute naps. So you can imagine how much rest I'm getting during the day. Hopefully sleeping will be back in our lives someday soon. Good luck ladies. I feel ya.

Laura - posted on 03/22/2010

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yeah my lil girl is the same thing she use to wake up once during the night but since i came visiting my parents she wakes 4 or 5 times a night now ....

Sandy - posted on 03/22/2010

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I did that with my other children too but Anna shares a room with her two older sisters that are in school and if I let her cry it wakes them up and they are tired for school the next day. That is where my delima comes in. I have tried letting her sleep in another room in the play pen but then she is in an unfamilar place and it is worse.

Heidi - posted on 03/22/2010

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my daughter just started sleeping through, i started trying to sleep train her around 6 months putting her to bed while still awake and i tryed to let her work through her wake ups by letting her cry herself back to sleep which usually took 5-10minutes, if she cried longer i would nurse her but usually she would go back to sleep, now she sleeps through!

Sandy - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter is all of a sudden doing the same thing she was sleeping thru or only waking up once now for the past week it is like ever two hours she is up. Any suggestions welcome I have tried everything I know to do.

Lyndsie - posted on 03/22/2010

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I found the book Healthy Sleep habits, Happy Child by Dr. Weissbluth a very helpful resource. It really helped us! Best wishes for a restful night.

Anita - posted on 03/22/2010

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Hi, my 9 month old also wakes up every 4 or so hours a night for a bottle. I tried giving her water but she just screamed, I also tried just patting her back to sleep but no go there either. I just give her a bottle and she usually goes back to sleep straight away, in my case it wasn't worth the screaming match I had with her when I withheld her bottle as I also have another baby only 10 months older than my youngest. I found with my son (my 19 month old) that he just grew out of having a bottle at night around 12 months of age and before that he use to wake up every 20 mins so basically what I am trying to say here is if all fails just take comfort in the fact that they do grow out of it and it won't be long before she won't need a bottle at night, good luck.

Pj - posted on 03/21/2010

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My daughter is also doing this but it is because she is teething. I know it can be very frustrating and tiring. Ive been giving her those all natural teething tabs and those seem to help her alot!

Suzanne - posted on 03/21/2010

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yes, my nine m.o will wake up crying like hes having a bad dream, he wont even open his eyes, eat anything, like there was no consoling him, and then i can pull him straight out of bed and rock him. he will slowly calm down, and sleep peacefully, but he never actually wakes up, its like he is being chased by the boogy man. he just starts screaming in fear in his sleep. i dont know whats up with that. anyone else? - suzanne

Tonya - posted on 03/21/2010

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mine does the same thing but he still nursing at night im slowly weaning him through the day but what i do it at night right before bed ill give him a jar of fruit with cereal or just cereal by itself and then i give him a 6 oz bottle of milk that normally keeps him sleeping for a while before waking up 3/4 times after that. and also i bought this johnson and johnson before bed baby bath its like a bubble bath and u pour it into the bath and let them sit in it for a while and after i rub him down with the sleep better lotion and that too helps him sleep better at night i hope this helps/ also with my first son i noticed he'd do that a lot he was also in our room at the time in his crib so i decided to move him to his own room and he stopped waking through the night completely i think its cuz they noe ur there and will get them if they cry try that too and please post back to me letting me noe if any of this works

Sarah - posted on 03/21/2010

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My little boy does the same thing.... and he slept right through the night from the day i brought him home from the hospital ( I was waking him up when he was due for a feed). I dont know why he is waking up throughout the night either but I am assuming its due to teething as this is how he acts when he was teething last time. so maybe your little girl is teething.... but then again maybe not.

Koren - posted on 03/20/2010

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My little man is having trouble going down, is waking 1-2 times during the night and is waking early each morning. This has been happening for about a month now. Up until then he was sleeping through the night maybe 3 times a week. He is still breastfed and I am tending to feed him when he does wake. He is wearing a hip brace for a dislocated right hip and upon waking he is rolling himself over and getting stuck. I have started to let him cry it out with him often getting himself so upset that he vomits. Any suggestions?

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you know I have been going through a similar problem. My almost 10 mos old use to be a great sleeper. From around 2-3 mos he was able to sleep 9-11 hrs in a night!! I thought, Halleluja!! But then we took a month long trip when he was around 6.5 mos and since then his sleep has not been as good. At first I thought it was the traveling (jetlag, strange place etc.). Then once we came back he would still wake up at least 1-2 times during a night. I ended up bringing him into bed with us half way through the night. Then he's been teething so that's been totally disrupting his sleep and naps. I'm completely exhausted. So, I guess I don't really have any suggestions but just to commiserate with you - LOL! I just hoping that it's just a phase and that he'd go back to being the great sleeper that he started out to be. I know he has it in him!

Jane - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son is 9 1/2 months old, sometimes he sleeps through and sometimes he wakes up either once or twice. I feed him when he does, I am just weaning him of the breast onto formula, this doesn't seem to have made a difference. If your daughter isn't teething, perhaps she's hungry? giving her more or a richer formula at night might help. I know some parenting gurus say tough it out and don't reward the baby with feeding when they wake in the middle of the night but I couldn't do it so I'm intending to reduce the amount he gets in his bottle slowly once we are established on formula.

Kylie - posted on 03/20/2010

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Hi Nix, i feed my son at 7pm in his bedroom with dim lights & little stimulation so he knows it bed time then put him in bed sleepy but not asleep & let him settle off to sleep himself that way when he moves through the lighter phase of sleep he able to resettle himself back off to sleep. He then usually wakes about 6am for next feed. It sounds like your having a challenging time, good luck hope it gets better for you soon

Tina - posted on 03/19/2010

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Yeah we are going through this too with our LO. However ours is teething and has cut 4 teeth. He still tends to wake up unsettled so I give him his bottle then he goes back to sleep.

Renee - posted on 03/19/2010

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it is the teething stage. my child & family health nurse says it's normal at this age for most children. my son had a stage when he was younger where he could sleep anywhere up to 8/9 hrs straight & then when the teeth came he began to wake 2-3 times a night. it will eventually settle down. bear in mind that baby will sleep thru when THEY are ready, not just because a book says 'at a certain age your baby will sleep thru'. relying on the norm is something you can never do with a baby. they are unpredictable little human beings!

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