Why is my 5 month old is not sleeping through the night anymore?

BreAnne - posted on 05/06/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old was sleeping through the night for about the last 2 months, but this past week he has woke up every night at 5am. I've tried to let him cry it out but he will just cry on and off for an hour until I feed him then he'll go back to sleep. I really don't want to start another night time feeding habit. How do I get him to sleep through the night again? Please help I'm a happier and better mom when we both get to sleep through the night.

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Cassandra - posted on 04/16/2012

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I have a problem getting my 5 month old daughter to go to sleep at night. What can i do to get her to go to sleep at a decent hour at night? I have tried feeding her and rocking her I even put her in car seat and put on county music and rock her and that seems to work but she needs to be in her crib.

Tammy - posted on 05/06/2009

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At various times of a baby's life he will sleep through the night and then stop for a little while. It maybe due to his going through a growth spirt, your change of schedule or over stimulation during the day.

Charlene - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Ashley:



Quoting Tamara:

Babies, plain and simple, are not designed to "sleep through the night" as we adults define it. They are designed to wake frequently. Nighwakings are quite common through the first and second years of life. Nothing to worry about. I understand that we're all better moms when we have our sleep. You just have to remember, "this too shall pass." Your baby isn't doing this out of malice or anything, either. She's just doing what she's designed to do.





Babies absolutely can sleep through the night, are designed for it, and want to. And your son was doing it before, so he should be able to do it again. Their brains switch into night time mode around 6pm or so and this is when they want to sleep. Then around 6am they switch back into daytime mode and this is usually around when they wake up naturally ( some babies do a little later, some a little earlier). That is why no matter how late a baby is put to bed they will wake up around 6am if not sooner. He could be ready for more food (cereal, baby food) or it could be a matter of putting him to bed past 6pm, or he could be sleeping a little too much during the day. My daughter has been sleeping from 6-6 every night since 10 weeks old and about 4 months or so she started waking up at 3am and 5am wide awake, and would take about an hour and half to go back to sleep. I figured out I was letting her sleep too much during the day. At 5 months old babies need about 3-4 hours of sleep during the day and 12 hours at night, for 15-16 hours of sleep total in 24 hours. I definitely know what you mean about getting enough sleep and you are a better mom, so am I. Try those few tips and see if your little guy can sleep a little longer.






Oh you are so right, when I put my son down at 8pm he wakes at 6-6:30, if I put him down earlier or even later, he still wakes at the same time. Its only when he doesn't get enough hours of nap time he will sleep maybe an extra hour or so in the morning. 

Gemma - posted on 05/07/2009

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My son did the same thing when he was about 11 months old for 2 weeks, I fed him and as it was his clothes got too small at the same time. It was a growth spurt. Good Luck nad don't worry

Lisa - posted on 05/06/2009

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I had the exact same problem with my daugther when she was about the same age. She started sleeping through the night, then like a switch she started waking up again! i was so frustrating and i couldnt let her just cry it out cause if she cried too hard she would throw up. Not to scare you or worry you, but she is now 14 months old and just started sleeping through the night about 2 months ago, and i think that was due to the fact that i put her in her own room and if she woke up i couldnt hear her. If she did wake up i didnt know it and she must have gone back to sleep because when i would check on her in the morning, she was asleep. Im not sure if moving her to her own room helped or not, but that is what did the trick for me...that and i have a really loud fan in her room that i leave on during the night so that it drowns out any other noises she might hear that would wake her up

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Tamara - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Ashley:




Babies absolutely can sleep through the night, are designed for it, and want to. And your son was doing it before, so he should be able to do it again. Their brains switch into night time mode around 6pm or so and this is when they want to sleep. Then around 6am they switch back into daytime mode and this is usually around when they wake up naturally ( some babies do a little later, some a little earlier). That is why no matter how late a baby is put to bed they will wake up around 6am if not sooner. He could be ready for more food (cereal, baby food) or it could be a matter of putting him to bed past 6pm, or he could be sleeping a little too much during the day. My daughter has been sleeping from 6-6 every night since 10 weeks old and about 4 months or so she started waking up at 3am and 5am wide awake, and would take about an hour and half to go back to sleep. I figured out I was letting her sleep too much during the day. At 5 months old babies need about 3-4 hours of sleep during the day and 12 hours at night, for 15-16 hours of sleep total in 24 hours. I definitely know what you mean about getting enough sleep and you are a better mom, so am I. Try those few tips and see if your little guy can sleep a little longer.





There are several studies showing that night-wakings are actually quite normal for children into the second year of life.  http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/...





Sadler S.
Prof Care Mother Child 1994 Aug-Sep;4(6):166-7.



In this study, part of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood (ALSPAC), researchers surveyed the parents of 640 babies. Some of the results:





Only 16% slept through the night at six months old -- 84% were not sleeping through the night at 6 months

17% woke more than once per night, ranging from twice to eight times

5% woke once every night

9% woke most nights

50% woke occasionally

16% of six-month-olds had no regular sleeping pattern





Armstrong KL, Quinn RA & Dadds MR. .
Medical Journal of Australia 1994 Aug 1;161(3):202-6.


The above study is the definitive work on sleeping habits of (Australian) children to 38 months. The researchers surveyed 3269 parents, with a 96.5% response rate, over a one week period. The parents had to report on their child's sleeping habits over the past 24 hours, plus answer a few questions related to their perceptions of their child's sleep behavior.



What did they find?





There is a wide range of normal childhood sleep behavior.

Circadian rhythm is not well established until four months of age.

Daytime sleep becomes less regular with increasing age, the most marked reduction in length occurs around 3 months of age. However, a surprising 11% under 3 months of age don't have a daytime sleep every day.

Frequent night waking that disturbs parents is common from 4-12 months (12.7% disturb their parents 3 or more times every night).

Night time settling requires more parental input from 18 months.

Nearly a third of parents have a significant problem with their child's sleep behavior.

Sleeping through the night: 71.4% did this on at least one occasion by 3 months of age, but many of these relapse into more frequent waking in the 4 to 12 month period. It is not until after 24 months that regular night waking (requiring attention) becomes much less common.



Although this study did not address breastfeeding, it is relevant because a lack of understanding of "normal" sleep patterns can lead to supplementing, early solids, belief there is not enough milk, etc. The authors claim it also leads to misdiagnosis of gastro-esophageal reflux (GER) and overuse of sedative medication. A worrying 31% of 25-38 month-old children were disciplined (mostly smacking) to get them to settle. 27% of parents let their children cry, 11% at less than one month.





 

Ashley - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Tamara:

Babies, plain and simple, are not designed to "sleep through the night" as we adults define it. They are designed to wake frequently. Nighwakings are quite common through the first and second years of life. Nothing to worry about. I understand that we're all better moms when we have our sleep. You just have to remember, "this too shall pass." Your baby isn't doing this out of malice or anything, either. She's just doing what she's designed to do.


Babies absolutely can sleep through the night, are designed for it, and want to. And your son was doing it before, so he should be able to do it again. Their brains switch into night time mode around 6pm or so and this is when they want to sleep. Then around 6am they switch back into daytime mode and this is usually around when they wake up naturally ( some babies do a little later, some a little earlier). That is why no matter how late a baby is put to bed they will wake up around 6am if not sooner. He could be ready for more food (cereal, baby food) or it could be a matter of putting him to bed past 6pm, or he could be sleeping a little too much during the day. My daughter has been sleeping from 6-6 every night since 10 weeks old and about 4 months or so she started waking up at 3am and 5am wide awake, and would take about an hour and half to go back to sleep. I figured out I was letting her sleep too much during the day. At 5 months old babies need about 3-4 hours of sleep during the day and 12 hours at night, for 15-16 hours of sleep total in 24 hours. I definitely know what you mean about getting enough sleep and you are a better mom, so am I. Try those few tips and see if your little guy can sleep a little longer.

Charlene - posted on 05/06/2009

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Definitly put him to bed at a later time and on a full stomach so he doesn't get hungry in the night, if you start bottle feeding again in the night he will develop the habit all over again of getting night feedings. He also could be teething, thats alot of fun, and sorry to say you will get intruped sleep for awhile til all teeth are in. Not only that, if he gets sick like an ear infection oh god, that sucks, my little guy would be up like every hour then 1/2 hour I thought that he was teething, then I thought maybe nightmares, after the third day of this I brought him to the docs and he ended up having an ear infection and a throat infection as well. Its so hard to know what the problem is as they can not tell you, all you can do is your best. Put him to bed later, full stomach, cereal is good, and if he wakes put a pacifier in his mouth, put some music on and hope he falls back to sleep. Also remember that when we change out clocks forward and hour or back and hour during daylight savings time they are still on the old schedule. Good luck with all the advice you have been given by all moms and hopefully something works for you! But do remember that as a mom we will never get the right amount af sleep .......ever, not til they are old enough to move out...lol

Tamara - posted on 05/06/2009

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Babies, plain and simple, are not designed to "sleep through the night" as we adults define it. They are designed to wake frequently. Nighwakings are quite common through the first and second years of life. Nothing to worry about. I understand that we're all better moms when we have our sleep. You just have to remember, "this too shall pass." Your baby isn't doing this out of malice or anything, either. She's just doing what she's designed to do.

Ashley - posted on 05/06/2009

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What time are you putting your guy to sleep? If it's much past 6pm that could be what's causing him to wake early. Also have you considered trying solids yet, if you haven't already? I started my daughter on cereal at 4 months, she's a hungry girl. So at bedtime she gets her dinner, her bath, and then a full bottle and sleeps from about 6pm to 6-6:30am.

Justine - posted on 05/06/2009

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Totally normal my 9 month is doing the same...but here is what I do now to get him back in to the swing of things...I Let him crie it out and it is working every nite its less and less the first couple of nites it hard to not go to them...but it worked for him now he sleeps threw the night

Donna - posted on 05/06/2009

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What time does he get his last feed at before bed, he could be just hungery, the problem is that the waking could end up being a habit more so than anything esle if it goes on. With both my girls my routine was bath, bottle and bed, make sure he goes to bed on a full stomach that way he won't or shouldn't feel hungey during the night and hopefully he will go back to sleeping through.

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