Sleepless nights, again. Anyone else?

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My soon to be 7 mo old has been sleeping straight through the night for 5 months now. All of a sudden the past 4 nights she wakes up between 12 and 1am and will not go back to sleep in her crib. She starts off whining but ends up in a full blown screaming & crying fit. The only way she'll go back to sleep is with me, which I don't want her getting used to. It's not a painful cry as if she was teething and she hasn't had a middle of the night bottle since she was 8 weeks, so she's not hungry. Has anyone else dealt with this? Any ideas about why this happens or how to fix it? I am not the type of mother who is going to let her "cry it out" either, so if that's anyone's suggestion, please don't bother.

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my daughter went threw the same thing started about a week ago and i didnt want her to think she was gonna start getting a midnight feeding evrynight so i would go in make sure she was ok not wet or anything then i would lay her on her stomach and rub her back for a few minutes took about 10 mins the 1st time but i got it down to about 2 mins and she is out for the rest of the night ....good luck

Marinda - posted on 03/10/2010

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I am in that boat for the third time in 4 years. My eldest slept through after his first birthday for the first time so did my daugter now 2 years of age. This still is difficult for me when I am still waking up at least 5-6 times at night for my 10mnth old. I took her to the peditrician yesterday and she said it seems that she has a spastic colon. She gave her Valleren Forte just that we both can have a few nights of sleep. My child were like a "zombie" today and I realised that stuff and the amount that she prescribed were much to strong for her. Believe me I would rather take the sleepless nights, than to see my baby like that again! I just feel I have to mention this to you also.. My eldest were doing good sleeping in his room until one night he just refused to, on my asking why he was crying he said he sees things in his room that scares him. After praying with him, and him chasing the things he saw away, we prayed for the covering of Jesus Christ blood. And after that he could sleep again. I believe our children are much more sensitive then us when it comes to the spiritual realm.

I do agree with you 100%, about letting a child cry him/herself out I believe doing that brings emotional damage to the child!

Miya - posted on 12/05/2009

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Wow...my 6 1/2 month old is doing the same thing (just started a few days ago too). I still breastfeed her and she doesn't stay up - just feeds and goes right back to sleep but she was only waking once during the night before and now it's twice. Maybe it's a growth spurt? She eats a lot already. I think I will try feeding her closer to her bedtime to see if that helps...

Deb - posted on 12/03/2009

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Sounds like this is a common problem within this age group!
I wish I could suggest something to help but I am currently dealing with the same thing with our 7 month old daughter. She was sleeping 8-9hrs straight (with the odd night of restlessness) up until a few days ago but has been waking again. She is currently breastfed as well as having 3 solid meals a day but will still wake for a feed in the early hours of the morning. I'm hoping that things settle down again soon. For now all I can do is get up, feed her, wrap her up and cuddle her til she goes to sleep again.
I do look forward to getting a full nights sleep again soon (fingers crossed)
Here's hoping that our little ones get over this stage soon.
xo

Joanna - posted on 12/03/2009

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i was not the mother to let my daughter cry it out but my mom (who had 3!) finally made me when i almost drove off the road from exhaustion. let her cry for five or ten minutes then give her her paci or cuddle her and she will knock out. after literally 2 nights of this, my daughter prefers sleeping in her crib and will put herself right back out! and she still loves me :)

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Thanks to everyone for their responses. She's been a little better the past 2 nights so I'm hoping it was just a fussy spell. I did try giving her an extra bottle at bedtime, but it didn't do much and I don't want her to get used to it so I stopped. She does sleep in bed with me for about an hour each morning. She gets up around 5:30 and if I bring her in our bed, she'll go back to sleep til 7 or so, which is nice for us, haha. I did worry that she was starting to catch on and figured out how to get in our bed for even longer each night, but now that it's better I really think it was just a phase. Thanks again, ladies!

Sheri - posted on 12/03/2009

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My daughter went thru a phase at about 5 1/2 months were she was waking every couple of hours wanting a bottle. I started feeding her dinner about an hour later, so she would still be full at bedtime, and let her have a bottle during the night. After about a week she went back to her normal schedule. She was just going thru a growth spurt where she needed a little extra nutrition.

Christine - posted on 12/03/2009

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.I have no great suggestions but just wante to let you know that i'm going through a similar situation at the moment. My 6 and half month old was sleeping straight through from 8 weeks but as soon as i started to ween him he started to wake, constantly. There is no set time to this it is just periodoically and he is fully awake and wanting to play! It's very frustrating and very tiring We leave him as long as we can but if he is crying i go straight to him and pick him up, reasure him then place him back down. I put some lavender oil on a muslin square and pop this in his cot too to help relax him. I thnk they just go through phases and hopefully they will grow out of it I sympathise with you, it's so tiring.

Jiena - posted on 12/03/2009

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My LO is 27 weeks and for the last week he has been doing the same thing. He use to sleep 11 hours straight! Now, he is waking up once late night and one early am. We have been feeding him both times he wakes and he goes back to sleep the first late night wake up, but the am one, LOL, he thinks it's play time! Takes me at least an hour to get him to settle back down and go to sleep. We were thinking he's not eating enough during the day, but my lord, he is eating 38oz a day plus 4-7T of solid! He only weighs 16.14 lbs, so lordy, lordy, he just loves his food. We are going to try and increase his meals during the day and give him lots and lots of activity to tire him out for the next week and see if that helps.

Christa - posted on 12/02/2009

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My little man recently turned 7 months on the first and he is doing the same. I completely agree with you- I am not a let him cry it out mommy. :) I was reading some of the responses you have received and Ashley Thomas asked if he slept with you in the beginning. After giving birth I had my gallbladder removed so feeding while lying down was my only option, maybe thats it. did your baby sleep with you too?

Samantha - posted on 12/02/2009

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My little boy has been doing that the last few days... what I've been doing is giving him a warmed bottle like we used to, cradling him to my chest while I sit in the rocker, and rocking and singing him to sleep. As soon as he's asleep for five minutes, I slowly stand. If that wakes him, I stand and hold him for a minute. Then I put him in his cradle. I make sure his paci is ready and stand by to be sure he stays asleep. When I know he's not waking right back up, I can go back to sleep.

Ashley - posted on 11/30/2009

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Could it be a growth spurt? Maybe try the late night feeding again. My daughter is also almost 7 months old and she she wakes up in the night to cuddle and eat. Did your daughter stay in bed with you at first? She might be missing mommy time.

Ashleigh - posted on 11/30/2009

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My daughter sometimes goes through the same thing, she'll wake up at around 3 and want to be held and have her pacifier put back in her mouth. The only thing that's helped us is we started swaddling her again because I stayed up one night and figured out that she's a restless sleeper. Once she starts flailing her arms, she wakes herself up. Don't know if maybe your little one is having the same trouble? I had to go to Toys 'R' Us to find a swaddler for "bigger" babies though lol.

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