My 8 month old is completely clingy, fussy, and won't sleep through the night. Any suggestions?

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Renae - posted on 11/26/2009

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Do you have a boy or girl? Separation anxiety for boys peaks at 8-9 months (girls around 6 months). Which may explain the behaviour you are experiencing. This also affects their sleep as when they stir in the night they are aware that you are nearby but not with them, so they cry for you. Separation anxiety is a normal and healthy part of development. There is no need to try to stop it, just go with the flow, give baby as much attention as they need and it will soon pass. If baby has never slept through the night, I can probably help, let me know if you want more info.

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Kayla - posted on 06/05/2012

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Thank heavens I'm not alone...my daughter doesn't want to do anything but be held or fuss...i was told by a nurse I was spoiling her and I needed to let her learn self soothing...but my daughter isn't learning anything and cries and has even thrown herself around when I let her "cry it out"

April - posted on 11/30/2009

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I am also in the same boat as you. I keep asking "Why isn't she sleeping through the night"? I have no idea what to do.

Erin - posted on 11/30/2009

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I think a lot of it is having so many changes at once for us. Having my husband (her dad) away for 3 months due the Army, and moving, and teething. She still hasn't had any teeth cut through the gums yet but has had nubs since she was 8 wks old. But I think the seperation anxiety is just normal occurance for babies. They all go through it as I'm told by everyone, including family.

Natasha - posted on 11/26/2009

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My daughter is the exact same, I have tried everything but nothing seems to help. It's good (in a way) to know that she is not the only baby doing it If you find out what's going on i would be forever grateful if you could let me know

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I wondered the same thing when my 8 month old little girl suddenly stopped sleeping through and was seriously clingy wanting to be held all the time and would cry if i left the room for a second.. Then I realised that she was cutting six teeth all at once :( She was so bad the only thing that helped her was baby pain relief (neurofen)(if really bad) and hylands teething relief (suggested to me by my sister in law) which are a natural homeopathic tablet that disolve in their mouths instantly (in australia there sold in the chemist) I just gave them at night with her last bottle.Three weeks on and we are doing much better. I don't know whether this helps hope you get some sleep and time out soon it can get pretty tough.

Andrea - posted on 11/25/2009

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Sounds like might be cutting teeth.. Try a little baby oraljel night time and they may help.. Helped when my kids did this... Hope this was helpful.. take care best wishes

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