8 month old baby boy wakes up crying every 2/3 hours in night. Pls help if you know anything that can work

Swati - posted on 04/15/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 8 month old baby boy who wakes up every 2/3 hours in night crying n screaming. We try to pat him, rock him, move him around but nothing works to calm him down n he starts screaming louder until I breast feed him n then he would sleep. He eats solids n is well fed before sleeping so I don't think he should be hungry. I do want to breast feed him but not every 2/3 hours as that's too tiring. He seems to be a happy boy whole day crawling all over the house. Takes a one n half hour nap at about 11 am n then a 2/3 hr nap at 3 or 4 pm. Dinner at 8 pm n then put to bed at 9 or 9 30 pm. We co sleep with him to make it easier to feed. Please suggest me something if you know that I can try. Will be lot of help.

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Aleks - posted on 04/15/2012

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I think you have just answered your own questions



These are the reasons why your baby may be waking up more often.



It seems to be a phase... it will pass. Need to be patient a little bit longer. Remember, teething isn't fun, it actually hurts, so go gentle on him :-)



Good luck

Swati - posted on 04/15/2012

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yes I forgot to mention he is teething. 2 tiny teeth are just visible on lower side. And he started to crawl 2 weeks ago. N just now at 11 40 pm he is trying to stand up in his cot n smiling all the cos he can. Though he did wake up screaming badly. We are planning to try baby penadol tonight. He has also started sucking on my husbands arms when he holds him n giving him love bite lol. I hope we have a better night.

Bonnie - posted on 04/15/2012

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He could be teething or going through a growth spurt. His late afternoon nap may be a bit too long.

Aleks - posted on 04/15/2012

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Is he getting enough breastfeeds during the day?



If not he is compensating for that during the night. At 8mths old, he is still very young and little. And a lot of babies (especially which still breastfeed) still need to breast feed at night.



Also, is this a normal thing or is a new thing? A new thing could mean:

- teething

- start of seperation anxiety.

- a developmental milestone (has he recently started to crawl - like within a week or two?)- babies sleep poorly and seek more comfort during those times.



I co-slept so I didn't even know how often my baby (when that age) woke up. And she did wake up... frequently enough too...

Louise - posted on 04/15/2012

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I think you need to stop comforting him with a feed during the night he does not need it now. He is using you as comfort which is habit making. Try and move him out of your room now giving him his own space. Decorate his room with soothing colours and place some of his toys in his croom. Bye a snuggle teddy and rub it around your chest getting your smell on it and if he takes a dummy all the better as these are easy to dispose of later. Encourage him to snuggle teddy but only allow him to have it in his cot. Put him down to bed using the same bed time routine and encourage him to snuggle teddy. When he wakes in the night then give him the teddy and dummy again and leave the room. It will take three nights to break the cycle he has created by screaming for you.

He will soon realise he can self soothe with teddy and peace should be restored.

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