9 month old whining in his sleep, what do I do?

Dawn - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son will be sound asleep and he wakes me up about three times through out the night whining in his sleep. I don't know if he is having bad dreams, can't get comfortable or if that is just him. I get so upset because I feel like there is nothing I can do. I have taken him out of bed and rocked him to only be woke up later on with the same thing. HELP!

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Holly - posted on 01/21/2010

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I bet he's teething! My daughter does that too and she has just got over the grunt end of her 1 year molars! Try some oragel night time and see if that helps keep him more comfortable. But my daughter has done the whimpering and whining in her sleep since her first tooth broke! good luck and hope it helps!

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Dawn - posted on 02/02/2010

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Thank you for the advice...I will try them all and eliminate the ones that don't work. I appreciate your help.

Nikole - posted on 01/21/2010

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Hi Dawn! At nine months most babies have this. It's called "Nigh Terrors". Don't let the name fool you into thinking it's something horrible. It's not. Baby's mind is constantly growing and maturing, so this is a very normal thing! Also... per the comments below, 9 months is the age when they do start getting teeth, so teething could be it also!
For the night terrors, I suggest a simple mommy touch and maybe try singing to him. You may want to get a little radio and put some classical music on for him as he sleeps. I found a baby fish tank that you can attach to the side of the crib that plays music. It came with a remote where you can turn it on and off by just pressing a button! (of course not a real fish tank) But this worked very well for my son. He's 3 and STILL plays with it!!! You can get it at any Babies R Us or baby store.
For the teething... whenever your son cries, grab him a cool teething ring that he can put in his mouth. I loved to put those teething rings in the fridge for my son. He loved to chew on those when he was teething and it really did help. Not to mention baby oragel. If you notice your son drooling a lot, I would apply this on his gums... try this at night when he starts with the whining. If it doesn't work, then you know it's the night terrors. Soothing music is your best bet when it comes to those.
Don't worry, this is only temporary!

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I have always let my son "whine it out". I wanted to give him a chance to self soothe so I waited it out and only went to him if he was crying for longer than 10 minutes and couldn't calm down on his own. He's 3 now and I still hear him in the middle of the night and he usually goes right back to sleep.

Krystal - posted on 01/21/2010

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You need to do the 15 minute rule. My son is 14 months, when he was 6 months, he was doing that, and everybody told me he is crying for me, he knows now that when he cries mommy comes running. Let him cry for 15 minutes if he keeps crying than go rock him to sleep. Alot of times he will cry himself back to sleep. Also, if he stops crying as soon as you pick him up, that is what it is, and as hard as it is, you need to let him just cry and sooth himself. If he is teething I would give him either baby motrin or tylenol right before he goes to bed. That always helped with me.

Crystal - posted on 01/21/2010

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I was told this is a sign of anxiety its normal kids are growing and learning new things everyday. But if it gets worse you should talk with your pediatrician.

Jenna - posted on 01/21/2010

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my two in half year old crys in his sleep too. sometimes he will go back to sleep on his own other times i rub his back but sometimes he will get out of bed and come into mine. even my 4 year old daughter sometimes crys in her sleep too and will wake up i just lay her back down and rub her back too and she goes back to sleep. I guess there having bad dreams or something.

Deborah - posted on 01/21/2010

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Ohh doll, it has to be tough to hear that. My step daughter still whines in her sleep. I usually just rub her back and tell her softly its ok.

You could probably try some soft music to sooth him while he sleeps.

However I'm sure its perfectly normal and he'll grow out of it. He probably doesn't even know its happening. I'm sure it stresses you out more then him!

Melissa - posted on 01/21/2010

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Let him soothe himself. I know it's upsetting, but he has to learn to comfort himself or you will drive yourself mad not getting any sleep yourself.

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