Does anyone's baby cry while asleep at night?

Alexandra - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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Tristan is 7 1/2 months old now. He has been sleeping from about 8pm to 8am since he was 5 months old. Lately we have heard some crying during the night. Usually it will stop on its own after a couple minutes. When it doesn't I have gone in to check only to find that he is still fast asleep but crying. He got his bottom 2 teeth about a month ago now so we wonder if the top ones are on their way, although we can't feel anything yet. Otherwise we are wondering if this could be just nightmares. Is anyone else experiencing this?

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ConcernedMom - posted on 06/23/2013

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my daughter is 20months(1 1/2) and has cried in her sleep almost every night since birth. I tried holding, rocking ad patting her. Nothing works ad it lasts about 30minutes or so. car rides does not help. when she cut teeth all she got was a slight fever. ca anyone help?

Ashley - posted on 01/12/2010

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my daughter is 8 months old in 2 days and she crys in her sleep all the time also, she has cut 1 tooth recently and dont worry about it my doctor said it could be nightmares, or just being a little restless, dont sweat it, trust me, its ok its normal, mostly all babys do it. I hope i helped. Ask me anything else i will have an answer lol

Elisa - posted on 01/20/2010

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Aaron is 8 1/2 months has been sleeping well enough waking for dummy once or twice , but recently has cut two bottom teeth now wakes up crying and chucks dummy out of cot and rolls all over wide awake at about 5.30 in morn !!? cant get him back to sleep without bring him in for a cuddle to ours??? any suggestions ??

Alexandra - posted on 01/29/2010

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I think I have figured something out! Talking with other moms I have noticed that nothing seems to tell us how much to feed our babies - not the doctors and not any of the books. They talk about what, when and how to feed them but not how much. Well, my doctor actually gave me a cheat sheet of a sample daily menu. It seems that the menu for an 8-9 month old is about twice as much as that for a 6-7 month old. I think our babies may just be hungry again because they are needing much more food these days. I have started following this menu for the last couple of weeks and he is back to sleeping well. This is just a theory but I think it makes sense. Here's what he is getting now:

Early morning (when he first wakes) - just a bottle or nursing
Breakfast (after his first nap about 10:30ish for us) - 4 to 5 tbsp of cereal
- 2 oz diluted fruit juice
Lunch (before his next nap about 1:30ish for us) - 1 to 2 tbsp of meat, egg yolk,
(or tofu if you're vegetarian)
- 1 to 2 tbsp of vegetables
- 1 to 2 tbsp of fruit
Dinner (about 6:30ish for us) - 4 to 5 tbsp of cereal
- 1 to 2 tbsp of vegetables
- 1 to 2 tbsp of fruit
Between all of this he still gets his 4 nursing times or bottles including the early morning one.

As for teething, Tristan got his two bottom teeth almost 8 weeks ago now. We have a feeling he may get about 4 all at the same time any day now! He is chewing on everything but then often cries when it gets too sore on his tender gums. If they seem sore we give him some Tempra before bed and if they seem really sore we use the Baby Anbesol.

I hope that he is back to sleeping well again and that I have figured this out but who knows! I'll post back with any new results.

Dayna - posted on 01/16/2010

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my daughter doesn't really cry in her sleep but she will scream out really loud once or twice while she's asleep..

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Sindy - posted on 08/21/2012

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ive got a 9 months old baby girl and passed week she started with mouning in her sleep,and ends up with the saddes cry, i want to cry with.and this carry on from 23h00 till 2h00 in the morning.

what to do

Alexandra - posted on 01/19/2010

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Thanks for all the replies! Tristan is definitley getting his top 2 teeth any day now and I think that's what the extended crying is about. It's getting worse as his gums are getting more swollen, poor little man. Hopefully they will break through in the next day or two and the main pain will be over.

Victoria - posted on 01/18/2010

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By son did this once, it's totally freaky but normal. I seemed inconsolable and I picked him up to cuddle and sooth him but he kept on crying in his sleep

Wendy - posted on 01/18/2010

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My baby cries in the night when she has teeth coming in. She is getting 4 teeth on top right now so she cries for a few minutes here and there.

Stormie - posted on 01/18/2010

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My son Jerek will be 8 months wednesday! He also has just gotten his first bottom two teeth...he goes to bed around 930 or 10 everynight and sleeps all night but the past 2 wks or so we have also noticed him starting to cry and when we go check up on him he is still asleep and he stops on is own!

Alison - posted on 01/18/2010

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My daughter only has been sleeping through since she was 7 months...she's now 8, and she often cries out for about a minute or two at least once, but sometimes up to hree times throughout the night. I usually don't have to do anything, but if it's longer than 5 minutes i have to go in to soothe her. i just think she wakes up, cries out, finds her pacifier and goes back to sleep.

Mikayla - posted on 01/17/2010

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My daughter does it all the time. Like she's having a bad dream, but within a minute she's fine.

Tammy - posted on 01/17/2010

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it could be nightmares .. my son does that some times too , and i have recently cought my 2 1/2 yr old talk in his sleep..LOL

Jamie - posted on 01/17/2010

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My 2 year old did the same thing and still does. When we have gone in there he is fast asleep. I was told it was growing pains. The good thing is they never remember, because I ask my son now when he wakes up if he had a bad dream and he says I don't know mom. Good luck

Megan - posted on 01/17/2010

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Gabs used to, when she was about 6 or 7 months old but she has grown out of it so i think its just a phase, dont worry about it :)

Kyra - posted on 01/17/2010

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my 8 month old malekai has been sleeping through the night since about 3-4 months old and has cried and scream alot in his sleep, its almost everynight, its perfectly normal that they will cry during the night while they are teething, also considering your son has 2 bottom teeth already maybe more bottom teeth are coming through? malekai got 4 bottom teeth before he got 1 top tooth.

Louise - posted on 01/17/2010

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Yeah, my 8 month old does it off and on. He doesn't have any teeth yet so I can't put it down to that. I think he is just dreaming. I used to talk in my sleep so I guess he gets it from me. I kmow a few mums who have experienced this. I wouldn't worry about it.

Vicky - posted on 01/16/2010

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yes have had the same experience with this on & off for a few months when she was put into her own room- it can be nightterrors or seperation anxiety. i have found as she got older most of the times she stops the crying herself without us going in as i have given her a teddy comforter (small soft material) which she has every sleep time as she is not taking a dummy- it also soothes her if she holds it, bites on it or sucks it and it can go any way in the mouth so now stressing out like the dummy! also i had a relaxation cd on very low on repeat all night & also the light from the cd display doesnt leave her in the dark!
other times when the crying doesnt stop i give her cuddles, rock her a bit & maybe some water
in regards to the teething even though you cant feel them yet they may be giving the gums abit of an aching feeling or a headache...? maybe use small amount of teething gel

Karen - posted on 01/16/2010

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my daughter will be three in july and she crys talks and calls me when shes asleep when i go into her room shes still fast asleep lol so now i just leave her to it lol

Delia - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yes, my baby isn't cutting teeth yet, but his doc told us it's normal. It could be that he is just remebering the day of when he was crying and reliving it in his sleep or if the last thing he did crying before sleeping then that could do it to. At this age it's normal for them to experince nightmares at 5+ months, because they start to develop that part of the brain.

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Dealing w/baby nightmares is horrible, but it's totally normal. My daughter just wails out of no where and is obviously not awake, if you look at her. We have to actually get her up, cuddle her until she stops screaming and give her a bottle for her to go back to sleep. It usually only happens that badly once a night, w/lots of other whimpers thru the night.

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2010

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My daughter is 8 months and she crys or fusses in her sleep all the time. She will even fidget and roll over. Half the time she just goes back to sleep, the other half she will get up and stand in her crib looking at me. For my daughter i think its she wants to cuddle, but it could also be bad dreams or teething.

Dijana - posted on 01/15/2010

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He might be teeething or he might have an ear infection,,, my dd was going through both at the same time she was getting a tooth and she had an ear infection

Jessica - posted on 01/15/2010

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YES my son does i believe hes dreaming, my other son did it too. its a bit sad knowing there having sad dreams but its normal.

Roxie - posted on 01/14/2010

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Our baby does this also. My husband and I wondered if it was a nightmare. God bless them, I wonder what has them frightened?

Claire - posted on 01/12/2010

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My tarlee has always grizzled and cried a bit in her sleep, I found that Tarlee would settle herself back to sleep, and that's why when you I'd go to check on her she would always have her eyes closed and would be fast asleep. This is normal, I wouldn't worry it would be like having a dream to them.

Rachal - posted on 01/12/2010

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YES!!!! I was so worried about this as well... my son cries in his sleep all of the time and usually stops after getting his pacifier. No teeth yet but we have been feeling them coming since he was 5 months :( I guess he is a slow teether? But he is our first child so we have no other babies to compare to.

Carolyn - posted on 01/12/2010

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my son is 8 months and started doing the crying while asleep about a month ago. it started lasting a lil bit longer than 2 minutes when he started getting his top 4 teeth inmy doctor also said that it was normal and not to worry.

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2010

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My baby has a few times and hasn't cut any teeth yet. Two different times he was babbling in his sleep.

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