Why has my 8 month old starting waking every 2-3 hours at night when she use to sleep most of the night?

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Anna - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hello,

i've read that babies start waking in the night either when going through a growth spurt of trying to learn something new i.e. crawling, walking etc etc.

Is she trying to figure something out physically? this could definitely be one reason. if it's this, it may be helpful (depending on when you go to bed) to put her down earlier, and then wake her up again a couple hourse before you go to bed. i'm going through this w/ my 5 mo. old now. he goes to sleep around 7pm and wakes up around 8-9 and then we all go to bed by 11pm. that way he's gotten in an hour or so of play and a feeding. hope this helped some. good luck!

Kelly - posted on 03/02/2009

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Hey Annalia,

Has she had any congestion or the sniffles lately? My 9-month-old daughter did the exact same thing about a month ago, a few days after she got over a head cold. She had been sleeping through the night since she was 2 weeks old and suddenly she started tossing and turning through the night. Sometimes she'd wake up and I'd nurse her to get her back down, but most of the time she just cried a little in her sleep. Not enough to wake her up, but enough for Scott and I to get up every 1-2 hours to check on her. At first we thought she was having a growth spurt and we put a little rice in her bottle so she'd feel full through the night, but that only worked a couple of nights.

The not sleeping through the night went on for another week and then she started getting a fever. She was also cutting a new tooth, so I didn't think anything of it because she had no symptoms of anything else.... until she spiked a fever of 103 at daycare. Tylenol helped the fever. I took her to her pediatrician the next day and she discovered an ear infection! Cameron had shown NO symptoms of an ear infection. The doctor said that drainage from the head cold could have caused it and that because the fever had almost gone by the time she saw her that her body would most likely finish working off the infection, but gave me the option of antibiotics. I didn't get them and she's fine now, but her appetite was greatly reduced that week of the fever. She only ate a few spoonfuls of cereal at each mealtime so we just increased her formula intake to compensate. She's fully recovered now and sleeping through the night again.

She never tugged on her ear, acted like it was tender or anything. In retrospect, the only indication I saw was that she preferred sleeping on one side when I put her down at night. Hope this helps!

Stacey - posted on 03/03/2009

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I have rocked my baby to sleep since she was born and she was a great night sleeper.  Our pediatrician warned me at the 6 month visit that she would probably start waking up in the middle of the night around the 9 month mark.  She certainly did.  I would have to go back into her room and rock her to sleep 3-4 times every night.  It started towards the end of her 8th month.  I was relunctant to let her cry herself back to sleep because I felt like it was cruel. However, after a month of getting up numerous times a night, I tried it.  She had to learn how to put herself back to sleep.  That was the problem.  So, one night I didn't go in her room when she woke up and I let her cry and that first night she cried for 15 minutes.  The next night 10 minutes, then the the third night just a few minutes.  She was able to put herself to sleep every night after that, and didn't wake up crying anymore.  More sleep for her and me!

Megan - posted on 03/03/2009

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Hi.. My eight month old just started waking up two or three times a night as well and all I do is go in and give her a pacifier and she goes back to sleep. She never used to wake up at night and I'm hoping this trend deos not continue because I can't sleep anymore. I think it's due to teething but I'm not sure.  Thanks for the tips everyone..

Beatrice - posted on 03/02/2009

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She may be hungry, if you havent already try putting cereal in her formula, if it's a fat that she is hungry this will satisfy her. Good luck . Bea

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User - posted on 10/30/2011

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i have an 8 mo old boy and he has never slept though the nite he sleep more when he was a new born but good luck they say teethen but iam still dont belive that

Heidi - posted on 03/02/2009

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My 8  month old son does the exact same thing!  It all started the day he turned 4 months old!  I always try putting his pacifier back in his mouth, if that doesn't work I pick him up and breastfeed.  We have finally come to a final conclusion that he is going through separation anxiety.  It sounds crazy, but it's true! He just wants to be with me, it soothes him.  I refuse to bring him in bed with my husband and I. It's really bad! He eats so much before bed, so I know he is not hungry in the middle of the night, he just wants to make sure I'm still here. Try doing research on separation anxiety.  This to shall pass!  Hope this helps a little!

Bev - posted on 03/02/2009

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Try mixing it up just as a cereal off a spoon. If's she not had it that way make it quite runny. I had to give mine cereal in her bottle as per the ped's orders as she had some weight problems. That became not enough for her when she got to be a bit older. Even now we are fighting with her feeding habits but she does love her cereal at night.

Annalia - posted on 03/02/2009

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Quoting Bev:

She might just be getting a little hungry in the night, just enough to wake her up looking for something. I give my babe a bit of cereal at night plus her bottle and that keeps her going through the night. The nights she doesn't get the cereal I wind up getting up to feed her. Might also be that because she is learning so much, rolling, exploring, etc that could be waking her up too! Best of luck! By the way, she's adorable!



Thank you!  I do put a bit of cereal in her bedtime bottle, that use to work but not so much anymore. 

Bev - posted on 03/02/2009

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She might just be getting a little hungry in the night, just enough to wake her up looking for something. I give my babe a bit of cereal at night plus her bottle and that keeps her going through the night. The nights she doesn't get the cereal I wind up getting up to feed her. Might also be that because she is learning so much, rolling, exploring, etc that could be waking her up too! Best of luck! By the way, she's adorable!

Annalia - posted on 03/02/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

How long has this been going on? The first thing that comes to my mind is teething.. I remember my daughter got all kinds of teeth at that age... or perhaps a growth spurt. Has her diet or schedule changed? Even the slightest change had a major impact on both of my children.. especially my son. Just some ideas....good luck!



It has been going on for about a week now.  She just got her two bottom teeth within the last 2 weeks, the popped out within a week of each other.  I have noticed she doesn't eat quite as much and has created a schedule of her own in both feeding and sleeping.  However her "new" sleep schedule started before the "new" feeding schedule.    Thanks!!

Ashley - posted on 03/02/2009

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How long has this been going on? The first thing that comes to my mind is teething.. I remember my daughter got all kinds of teeth at that age... or perhaps a growth spurt. Has her diet or schedule changed? Even the slightest change had a major impact on both of my children.. especially my son. Just some ideas....good luck!

Annalia - posted on 03/02/2009

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I usually wait a few minutes before I go to her hoping she will go back to sleep.  She never does and just starts crying louder.  I usually try to soothing her without picking her up but that doesn't work so I pick her up.  Sometimes she goes right back to sleep other times she wants a bottle but she only drinks a couple of ounces and goes right back to sleep....2-3 hours later same thing. 

Leanne - posted on 03/02/2009

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She may be growing so her appetite may be growing too. It could be that she also learned that if she wakes up in the middle of the night and cries you will come. If she isn't hungry when she wakes and just wants attention then it's probably best not to pick her up. Just lay her back down and tuck her back in and leave the room. My son had started this during a growth spurt and then he wanted to stick to it. I think he really stated to enjoy our 3am meetings. So when I found that he really didn't want his bottle and just wanted to play or snuggle I started going in and laying him down, tucking him and and leaving. I wouldn't even speak to him. Just quietly put him back down. He soon learned that it wasn't any fun any more and stopping crying or calling for me in the middle of the night.



Good Luck...



 

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