Waking during the night?

Terri - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Stephen will be 8 months old on the 13th. He was born at 35 weeks and 2 days. He was sleeping perfectly through the night for quite a while. Now, all of a sudden, he is waking up twice every night.



Does anyone else have this issue? How do I break him of this new habit?

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Leanne - posted on 06/09/2009

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oh - and I starting refusing to breastfeed her unless it had been a min of 4 hours at the beginning - I gave her water in her sippy cup.. she now doesn't wake up more than 1x to feed during the night.. It was my fault as I would auto nurse her every time she'd wake up .. then I clued in may not be hunger - just comfort. Also, letting her put herself back to sleep w/out going into her room was another thing I tried as I read sometimes they just wake up several times through the night but not being really awake. I started to realize I was jumping up and going to her every single time and turns out - I didn't need to ... now we have more good nights than bad :)

Leanne - posted on 06/09/2009

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my daughter slept 8-10 hours up to 12 weeks.. once she hit that mark it's been sleepless nights ever since.. she is now down to 1x up most nights (I still breastfeed). I have heard from other moms that they are developing and changing SO much and w/teething it's quite common.

Rebecca - posted on 06/08/2009

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haha, lucky ladies, my daughter will be 8 months on the 13th as well, and she has slept through the night (about 7-10pm til 5 am) a total of eight times her entire little life. I have gone through the few weeks with her waking every half hour all the way to getting about five hour sleeps between. She has always been this way, and has been teething since she was three months old (now has her eighth tooth cutting through).



Seriously though, I can understand where you are coming from - it is definitely exhausting. However, coming from the perspective of a mom whose child refuses to sleep through the night, you can definitely get through it. I would suggest trying a number of things - are they too warm, cold, hungry, in pain, stuffy, routine out of sync? it's all worth looking at.



Good luck ladies.

Tara - posted on 06/08/2009

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My son turned 8 months June 2 and just this last week or so he has been waking up at night again. He has been a very good sleeper since about 3-4 months old, sometimes up to 12hrs straight. He has both bottom teeth, since 5 1/2 months. I am not too sure what is waking him now. I think he has a bit of separation anxiety. Sometimes when he wakes I can just give him his soother but sometimes he will not go back to sleep and I just pick him up and cuddle with him for a little bit and he falls asleep in my arms. I think he just needs the closeness. I am sure it will pass but for the time being it is less sleep for me or really just the broken sleep that really hurts!!! I just tell myself that it won't last forever :)

Becky - posted on 06/07/2009

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Hi Terri - mine will be 8 mos on the 19th, and he was STTN as well until about a month ago and wakes up between 1x-2x at night, if I just give him the paci and pat his butt for a few moments he goes right back to sleep. I think he might be teething but nothing is popping out yet. If you find out how to break the habit - let us know!! :)

Lois - posted on 06/06/2009

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I'm with you on this one!! My daugher will be 8 months on the 11th and she's the same way, but will sleep all the way through the night for a few weeks, and then doesn't for a few weeks. It's on and off with her. I don't know why she does it either, usually I think she's teething, but I never can tell!

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My daughter STTN only for 5 days in February. She always has something going on: either learning to roll, crawl, teething, now standing up... She seems to be in a hurry to grow! Hence no sleep at night, especially with teething - she's been awake in the past 2 weeks every 30-60min! I BF and all she wants at night is nursing and won't agree to rocking or bouncing.
I figured I'll let her sleep as she sleeps and when the time comes she'll start sleeping through the night.
Try cold fresh carrot - Tessa loves gnawing on it. And also try teething gel or teething tabs and see whether they make any difference. I use Tylenol Infant as a last resort. She gnaws on everything including the rails of her bed :-)
Good luck and hope your son starts STTN again soon!

Terri - posted on 06/06/2009

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Ladies, thank you so much for all of your input. This makes me feel much better. Since Stephen was born early, I believe his teeth are coming in later than most. So, that is probably what it is. I really do appreciate your help with this.

Crystal - posted on 06/05/2009

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my daughter has been waking through the night for about a month now, and also used to sleep right through the night. Today she cut her first tooth so im hoping that was the problem and maybe i'll get a good nights sleep for the first time in a while. Unfortunatly i think the other bottom one is comming in right behind it so wish me luck!!!

Helen - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son already has 2 teeth, and was in agony for about a month. He would wake screaming up to 6 times a night, and was unhappy all day. After a lot of trial and error, I found that the only two things that really worked for him were nurofen (ibuprofen I think it is in the US) just before his last bottle, and the Hylands teething tablets, which are homeopathic. I tried frozen face washers, banana teething rusks, teething rings etc during the day, and they helped a bit as well. Once his teeth came through he started sleeping through the night on his own again. Now we are going through it all again :/ Good luck!

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My son was born on the 18th and every time a tooth is about to pop, he starts waking up in the middle of the night. Sometimes the only thing that will soothe him is a feeding, but I only give about 4oz. Once the tooth pops through, it's back to normal sleep from 8:30pm to 7or 8 am

Terri - posted on 06/05/2009

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We think so. We can't see anything in his mouth yet. But, he chews on everything that he can get his hands on. This just really started this week. Now that you mention it, he is waking crying, which is unusual for him. He typically wakes up just "talking" in his crib.



What have you been doing about it? I'd love any advice. I'm exhausted!

Marisa - posted on 06/05/2009

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Is he teething? Fiona goes through a week or two here and there where she wakes up in the middle of the night and usually it's because she's uncomfortable from teething. How long has this been happening?

Marisa - posted on 06/05/2009

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Is he teething? Fiona goes through a week or two here and there where she wakes up in the middle of the night and usually it's because she's uncomfortable from teething. How long has this been happening?

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