Fussy Sleeper

Brittany - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 58 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 16 months and throughout the night he will begin to fuss. He doesnt wake up but he gets real fussy?? Any Ideas??

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Kimberley - posted on 09/18/2009

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my son will be a year in two weeks and he has never slept through the night.........what do i need to do? he does not like his bed soo he sleeps in mine

Christal - posted on 09/18/2009

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I am there my boy is 1 year old & when i asked his doc. about it she told me that it is called night terrors & that kind of the only thing that you can do is to try to make them comfortable sometimes for mine all i have to do is to turn on some music & have it on low but so that he can hear it. For me that works.

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Jacki - posted on 10/13/2009

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Quoting L'Oreal:

My 12 month old daughter has those same fuss nights, or just waking up in the middle of the night after sleeping through the night for several months. It's good to know its her teeth coming in. She only has her four front teeth. My question is, should I put any orjel on her gums, once she becomes fussy?



yes, they make an over-the-counter baby specific orajel that is also meant to help with teething and it works great! plus babies think it's fun because it numbs their gums!

Ilze - posted on 10/13/2009

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I have a similar problem. My baby is 18months old now. She wakes up in the middle of the night to have her bottle.And it occurs all through the night and she does not sleep unless she had some kind of a sip of her milk. What can I do to have a peacefull night's rest for me and for her. please help....

Sam - posted on 09/28/2009

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my son is cumin in 15 months and he just dosent sleep full stop. if he falls asleep in the day its only for ten minuets at the most, then at nite he just refuses to go asleep and when he does finally goes off he still wakes up a good couple of times. the annoying thing is that i have tried everything that people have suggested to me im running out if options now

Becky - posted on 09/19/2009

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For the person with the 5 1/2 month old that is waking to nurse throughout the night: my son was waking up to nurse until about 7 months. I asked my Ped. at the six month check up when to expect him to sleep through the night and if my son still needed to eat at night, and was told that my son would be fine not eating at night (since he is such a healthy size). But I wasn't comfortable with not giving him something he was asking for. I always heard about the people whose babies slept through the night at 1 month and didn't understand it, but my conclusion is that every baby is different and they know what they need. If your baby is just snacking or pacifying at the breast, falling asleep as soon as you put him on, then I would try to hold him off (push the feeds back 15 min at a time). But if he is eating a full feed at those times then I think that is what he really needs, he's hungry. At 7 months, my son knocked out his nighttime feed and has been going 10-12 hours without eating at night ever since. Not that he doesn't wake up....

Heather - posted on 09/19/2009

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My son is 13 months old now and we recently moved to a place where we share a room. He is waking up throughout the night more often than he used to and he will only go back to sleep if he is with me, or I'm holding him... so I'm also trying different things to see what will help him get through the night and help him comfort himself.

Kendra - posted on 09/19/2009

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I have to agree w/ the other smart moms!!! :) As long as he's safe and diaper dry let him fuss. I remember you should go in and check on him after first 5 min, then 15 min, then 30 min and so forth but don't pick him up!!! ~ K

L'Oreal - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter sleeps best after a bath and bottle. Keep the house cool, then dress him snug. Do you have a small pillow to place at his back maybe that will work.

Lynn - posted on 09/18/2009

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Quoting Cathy:



Quoting L'Oreal:

My 12 month old daughter has those same fuss nights, or just waking up in the middle of the night after sleeping through the night for several months. It's good to know its her teeth coming in. She only has her four front teeth. My question is, should I put any orjel on her gums, once she becomes fussy?






Our doc is anit-Orajel.  It nums their entire mouth, so they aren't as good at swallowing.






I am not anti-Orajel, as you can find the swabs to help apply directly to the area.  I just didn't use them before bed.  What I found worked great for my daughter was Hyland's Teething Tablets.  I would give her three.  The instructions say for under 2 to grind them up and mix with a bit of water.  I tried one, and found the melt in the mouth.  My daughter loved that she was able to pick them up and put them in her mouth by herself.  I would give her a little bit more of the bottle to help wash it down.  Worked great.  Still does, and she is almost 22 months.

Lynn - posted on 09/18/2009

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Quoting Cathy:



Quoting L'Oreal:

My 12 month old daughter has those same fuss nights, or just waking up in the middle of the night after sleeping through the night for several months. It's good to know its her teeth coming in. She only has her four front teeth. My question is, should I put any orjel on her gums, once she becomes fussy?






Our doc is anit-Orajel.  It nums their entire mouth, so they aren't as good at swallowing.






I am not anti-Orajel, as you can find the swabs to help apply directly to the area.  I just didn't use them before bed.  What I found worked great for my daughter was Hyland's Teething Tablets.  I would give her three.  The instructions say for under 2 to grind them up and mix with a bit of water.  I tried one, and found the melt in the mouth.  My daughter loved that she was able to pick them up and put them in her mouth by herself.  I would give her a little bit more of the bottle to help wash it down.  Worked great.  Still does, and she is almost 22 months.

Lynn - posted on 09/18/2009

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Angelica

my daughter nursing 1 - 2 times a night until she was 11 months old (and I went back to work when she turned 9 months old). It has only been recently (like since May/Jun) that she has started to sleep through the night. I found that Emma decided she was still hungry, but didn't want to eat more at supper or her naps. Beginning in April, I started to give her 1/2 a bottle of pedisure mixed with either milk or water, to give her those nutrients and calories that she may have been missing. that took a couple of months, but now she sleeps through the night. This will pass for you.

Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009

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Try breast compression to help your little one get more milk at the end of each feeding. Sometimes babies fall asleep before they drink as much as they need and then they wake up hungry not too much later. That being said it's completely normal for a baby his age to wake in the night and every child starts sleeping through the night (and other milestones too) at his or her own pace. I highly recommend that every nursing mother read Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding. It's en EXCELLENT resource. http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Dr-J... Also visit his breastfeeding clinic's website for tonnes of wonderful information http://www.drjacknewman.com/

Tracy - posted on 09/18/2009

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I just heard something interesting about that. My daughter is 9 months, and she has started to become a little bit fussy of a sleeper. I was telling my friend that and she said that between the ages of 9-16 months, they can start getting fussy at night because thats when they can start to have nightmares. Good news....if thats what it is, it should go away soon! Hope this helps.

Cathy - posted on 09/18/2009

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Quoting L'Oreal:

My 12 month old daughter has those same fuss nights, or just waking up in the middle of the night after sleeping through the night for several months. It's good to know its her teeth coming in. She only has her four front teeth. My question is, should I put any orjel on her gums, once she becomes fussy?



Our doc is anit-Orajel.  It nums their entire mouth, so they aren't as good at swallowing.

Cathy - posted on 09/18/2009

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Let him work it out. Is he teething? Is this recent, or is it ongoing? If he's teething, give him a little Tylenol before bed and see if that helps. But don't go in with every little fuss. Let him sleep. We all have bits of wakefulness in our sleep cycle. We are just used to being able to fall back asleep with no problem.

L'Oreal - posted on 09/18/2009

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My 12 month old daughter has those same fuss nights, or just waking up in the middle of the night after sleeping through the night for several months. It's good to know its her teeth coming in. She only has her four front teeth. My question is, should I put any orjel on her gums, once she becomes fussy?

Christy - posted on 09/17/2009

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There are obviously a lot of possibilities! My son just started doing this too...he is 7.5 months and working on his top two teeth. I slipped a quick dissolving teething tablet in his mouth while sleeping and that did the trick for him. just remember to observe him for a couple minutes to make sure he doesn't choke in his sleep if you try this

Annabelle - posted on 09/17/2009

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withholding feeding is SO BAD for baby, creates eating disorders and emotional problems. OUCH. pediatricians often point to what makes mommy happy, not baby.

Lori - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son is 15 months old and doing the same thing and I have attributed it to the teeth he is cutting. I've been giving him some Tylenol or Hylands teething tablets... that usually gets him over the initial hump and then he does great. He never really does wake up though... just fusses in pain. The medicine really helps.

Gisse - posted on 09/17/2009

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my son is 9 month old, and he has start fussing the last 3 weeks, but when we ignore him most of the times he start crying, som times i take him to sleep in our bed, som time just feed him, but i think... a want to think, that changing his last meal at 830 pm to just cereal, oatmeal baby food, it seems to help with the fussyness, he just kind of wake up to drink an oz of milk, and falls right away to sleep... pardon my writting in english

Jacki - posted on 09/17/2009

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i'm not a pediatrician, however my daughter at 11 months did the same (and still at times does) and i found that she was just simply hungry..her consumption rate had changed unbeknownst to me as a first time mommy. so what i did was feed her about half an hour before bed time and add extra rice cereal in her last bottle for the night. it is also because she is teething, and having "growing pains"..but typically if you just increase portion size, the fussiness is less pronounced

Tania - posted on 09/17/2009

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its so good to read these posts and realise that most people have the same problems! My son is 14 months now, he was sleeping fine from about 3 months until about 8 months when he started waking every hour and really screaming inconsolably. He had been sleeping in a gro bag, but after a couple of weeks I noticed that he was tugging at the bottom of it every time he woke up, so I started using blankets and he started sleeping again. I think it was about the time he was learning to roll over and crawl and he didn't like being restrained by the sleeping bag. He still fusses alot in his sleep though, usually 2 or 3 times a night but much more when he has teeth coming through or a cold. I think its mainly because he kicks his covers off and gets cold cos once I tuck him in he usually settles down again. I've just had to learn to live with it and try and get grandparents to have him some weekends!! I am trying a cot duvet tonight, hopefully that will keep him warmer!

Lori - posted on 09/17/2009

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He could be experiencing gas, or like my son, he could have a reflux condition. These are just 2 possibilities. If you feed your baby too close to bedtime, digestion slows down and could cause discomfort. I had my son sleep on a wedge cushion specifically for reflux which helped the acid from regurgitating into his throat. He also was on medication which helped considerably!

Karna - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter woke and got fussy starting at 15 months. She grew 2 1/2 inches in 3 months and had 2 molars come in with 2 more in the wings. She isn't waking up every night now, but she does wake up crying in the mornings and sometimes in the middle of the night. I just give her tylenol and/or homeopathic teething pills and try to rock her back to sleep whenever possible.

Lynn - posted on 09/17/2009

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So nice to know we aren't the only ones!! My son ended up with ear infections and that was our only warning sign - sleepless nights. Hopefully that's not it - his ears are better, but we have occasional wakings.

Michelle - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son is 17months old and has never slept through the night. He wakes up 5 or 6 times and will only go back to sleep if I nurse him. I've got him weened except when it comes time for him to go to sleep. He doesn't have any comfort things, has never taken a bottle or soother and the blankie thing just didn't work. We've read all the books, seen all the DVD's and even tried having him sleep with us. I finally resorted to putting a queen size mattress in his room, and end up sleeping in there with him every night. I'm exhausted and don't know what else to do. I'm hoping he'll get over it and start sleeping through the night, so we can all catch up on our sleep.

Elisabeth - posted on 09/17/2009

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my son is the same age i just ignore him and let him fuss i think its mainly due to them haveing a dream

Sara - posted on 09/17/2009

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Leave him be. I think Moms and Dads need to understand that children are just like us. They DON't need to be fed in the middle of the night, unless they are newborns, and the don't need to be picked up, rocked or comforted evertime they fuss or cry. I think it's the hardest thing to do because you feel as if you are neglecting them.. but in the long run, THEY get their sleep and so you do!

Temitope - posted on 09/17/2009

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Quoting Brittany :

Fussy Sleeper

My son is almost 16 months and throughout the night he will begin to fuss. He doesnt wake up but he gets real fussy?? Any Ideas??



i dont understand the meaning of fuss so i dont know what to say.

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Mine has been doing that too- after he turned 1 yr. He's 15 months now and he randomly has nights that he is fussy without waking much and nights when he is fussy and nothing helps except to let him get up and feed him a small regular meal. My husband and I are thinking that it may be growing pains because he physically is changing a lot. None of the medicines we gave him seemed to help- gas or teething. He didn't respond to a change in clothes or blankets for cooler or warmer... Lately he's been doing the fussy without waking and just having someone in the room with a hand on him has seemed to help him fall back to sleep fully. Good luck!

Heidi - posted on 09/17/2009

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this was really good reading these posts as i was starting to wonder if my 5 and a half month old baby will ever sleep through the night!!! only once has she and the rest of the time i have to feed at around 3am....i am waiting for the day when i can have a full nights sleep..bring it on ;-)

Lina - posted on 09/17/2009

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My 15 months old Olivija doesn't know what is to fall asleep without mummy or dady, what is not to find anyone near when she wakes up and what is to sleep separatly from us. She also doesn't sleep through the night all the time. Sometimes just wakes up to feel mummy near and falls asleep again, sometimes fuses for an hour or two. I think it is normal. She is growing up. It will pass. Maybe it's hard for some parents, but we just know that the other way is not possible without leting her cry (we don't want this).

Karen - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter didn't even come close to sleeping through the night until she was a year old. She was still nursing every two hours at 5 months so you are not alone. I co-slept with her when I went back to work so I could get some sleep but it perpetuated the night time wakings. She's now 18 months. She wakes up 1-3 times a night but only cries for 5-10 minutes. I think she's just mad that she's awake. I learned to let her self soothe.

Limpho - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son did the same when he was a month old and my Paediatrician stressed that I only feed him every 4 hours and soon after that he started sleeping for longer. He is now 6 months and sleeps for 8 hours thru the night. Using a pacifier to help calm him between feeds worked wonders, and being a black african woman it was difficult for me to use a dummy due to all the myths surrounding them. I suggest you try feeding your child four hourly, perhaps it will work for you too.

Debbie - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi, my son is 5 and a half months, i am still breastfeeding, and i have a big problem, he has not slept through the night once and he wakes me EVERY 2 hour to nurse. i also try and ignore him but he will cry until he is nursed. please i need help, if anyone can give some advise. i have started to introduce Nestum in the morning and afternoon but he still wants to nurse an hour later. its my first baby so i dont know if i am doing something wrong.

Melanie - posted on 09/16/2009

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It could be that he's dreaming but if it gets really bad im sure he'll wake up on his own.. m son jonathan is the same way.

Annabelle - posted on 09/16/2009

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Hi - I have been cosleeping with my 14.5 month old on my futon on the floor, and it is the best experience ever. It makes for a much less needy child (and adult) later on. I feel so sad to hear you say you don't want to sleep with your baby. You are her center. How foreign for her to suddenly be outside of you, not to mention waking up alone. It also helps your hormones regulate. This doctor wrote "Nighttime Parenting" and has this helpful link:
http://www.askdrsears.com/html/7/T070200...

Annabelle - posted on 09/16/2009

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I might get her to a TCM doctor as they can help with the sleep walking and talking. Sign of her spirit not being at ease.

Annabelle - posted on 09/16/2009

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Eliminate spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, excess dairy, sugars, from your diet, and start drinking digestive teas like fennel, chamomile, etc. If you're not nursing, watch what you feed him the same and give him some tea ... or homeopathic chamomile. I give my baby that remedy a lot.

Shayna - posted on 09/16/2009

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my baby is only 14 days old and is already fussing, we just go with the flow, he normally sleeps for another hour before he decides he is ready for a feed again. so i leave him till he is constant. most babies go through it, they all hapen at different ages, its just a matter of perservering.

Clare - posted on 09/16/2009

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If he is sleeping through but just fumbling around then my guess is he is either teething or has a tummy upset. I am not talking about burpy wind or anything like that. But you may want to make sure he is getting lots of water because he may not be doing poos as much as he needs to. My daughter was struggling getting to sleep and staying asleep for a little while there. I found that after a hour or so of her carrying on past her bed-time or in the middle of the night she would do a poo and then go to sleep after her nappy was changed. I got her drinking more water and now she is a lot more comfortable.

Carolyn - posted on 09/16/2009

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Hi. Our daughter used to cry several times in the night and get out of her covers and we'd have to go in to her and tuck her back in and she'd settle to sleep again. We found putting her to sleep in a sleep bag really helped and she wouldn't wake nearly as often. The one we use I got from my sister but I've seen them at several baby shops. The one we have is zips up the side and base and has velcro at the top and just her arms are free. Hope this helps.

Rachael - posted on 09/16/2009

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Wow I thought I was alone! My son is 18 months old and still does not sleep thru the night. We had him in his own room with a night light and he would wake up at all hours to the point both my husband and I were not getting good sleep because I kept leaving the room to check him almost every hour or so. We have tried to have him cry it out and self soothe - the longest was 45 minutes...he literally had no voice after because the screaming did not stop at all! I could not do that for a week. We then decided to bring the crib in our room to see if that would help. He still got up several times and I got so frustrated that I started to bring him into bed with us. He still gets up around 12 am crying and upset. I have gotten to the point where I tell myself....he will get older, he will start to sleep through the nite...just deal with the no sleep and make sure that he feels safe and secure.

Micheline - posted on 09/16/2009

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My almost 16 month old daughter dose not go to sleep untill midnight and somehow still manages to wake up in the middle of the night. I have been giving her chamomille concentrate which has been helping with sleeping through the night most of the times. I feel like I'm never going to sleep again. It's exhausting.

Julie - posted on 09/16/2009

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My son is 2 1/2 and wakes ups at least once a night most nights. He slept all night from about 3 months old until about 7 or 8 months ago, then he started waking up again. Usually he will go right back to sleep if you get up and sit with him. He doesn't like to be up alone and doen't want to play. He just wakes up for no apparent reason. I have heard that they go through this phase, hopefully it will not last very long.

Colleen - posted on 09/16/2009

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My 8 month old is waking through the night too, he seems very insecure in his room, I've resorted to leaving him in his crib, but staying in his room for awhile until he settles himself down. I'm exhausted but I just can't bring myself to listen to him scream more than a few minutes..I've tried. I am trying to have another baby, and don't want to get him into the habit of sleeping in our bed- while on vacation this summer he slept with me for almost three weeks. I am thinking he just wants to sleep with us..

Becky - posted on 09/16/2009

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My son started waking again at night around 12 months,no good for me because i had a new born baby that just came home.He is now 21 months and he still wakes a few times a night.My daughter is now 9 months and has slept through the night for 6 months now,all mixed up. i have found thou that when we took the soother away two weeks ago he is getting better at putting himself back to sleep.Good luck Ladies..

Angelica - posted on 09/16/2009

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I need some help as well. My 8 month old son has begun to wake up in the middle of the night to nurse. He was doing really well and sleeping through the whole night about a month ago and now he started this thing of waking up again. I have tried ignoring him by he has learned to begin crying LOUDER to make mamma come to his rescue. I need help...I know that I shouldn't be feeding him in the night but it seems like the only thing that will help him go back to sleep. HELP!

Rebecca - posted on 09/16/2009

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I honestly believe this is just a phase they go through. My daughter did the same thing at exactly 16 months. They are becoming more confident in their mobility these days, and realize they just want to play all day and all night. We would try to bring her in bed with us, but she wouldn't have it. She wanted to go to the living room or play room or pull out all her toys. Our solution was we removed all the toys from her room, and had a few CIO episodes (after we of course made sure she was okay and comfortable). It went on for about 2 months (not encouraging I know) but he will eventually go back to sleeping through the night. My daughter is just now starting to have issues again (she is 25 months) and I've heard it's because they are starting to have more imaginiation and their dreams/nightmares become more vivid. Good luck!

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