my 9 months boy often wakes up at night, HELP!!!

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Sylvia - posted on 09/23/2009

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Also, Zoya, I just realized that this was posted in the Working Mums group -- if you're working during the day, one factor might be what they call "reverse cycling" -- nursing at night to make up for not nursing during the day.

My daughter was the QUEEN of this for the first few months after I went back to work; she'd eat almost nothing at daycare all day (8-4), then nurse like a mad thing all evening and most of the night. And she was 13 months when my mat leave ended, so I can imagine she would have been up even more at night if she'd been younger.

Julia - posted on 09/23/2009

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this is normal especially since most babies either have a couple teeth and are cutting more or are in the first stages of teething at that age. every child is different and their sleep patterns will vary

Jenette - posted on 09/22/2009

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have u crossed out possible causes? does he wake up complaining of pain? hunger? needing to go to the restroom? does he snore loudly? maybe try to make a sleep journal for a week and bring it with you to the pediatrician who can help figure out the problem.

Rebecca - posted on 09/21/2009

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Yeah I'm with September, It's more rare that they will sleep all night. My Brother and I were fantastic sleepers for my Mum, but I've tried everything with my almost 8 month old son and he's never slept right through. I take him waking up just once as a great night. I honestly deal much better with it by accepting that it's just the way it is. I work full time, do everything at home and my husband never gets up for him at night. I'm exhausted most of the time but there are times when I enjoy him waking up at night because it's like it's just me and him alone in the world and I get to make up just a little bit of that time that I miss out on during the day.

Sylvia - posted on 09/21/2009

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I don't know if this will make you feel any better, but my daughter still nursed all night at that age, and didn't "sleep through" for most of the night until ... well, I don't remember exactly, but sometime after her third birthday, I think. (Just when I was about to get really fed up and start trying to night wean her, she night-weaned herself.)

So I suspect this is just normal 9-month-old-ness...

September - posted on 09/21/2009

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I think that it's totally normal! Babies sleeping patterns will vary until about 2 years of age and sometimes even later in life. Our 11 month old son is doing the same thing lately. We were told by his pediatrician that any time a baby is close to a milestone and or learning something new and or teething that any of these things can throw off their sleeping habits. Our son just learned to walk about a week ago so I would imagine this has something to do with him waking at night. I think he want's to break out his nike's and try out his new moves :) LOL! As hard as it is I've just excepted the fact that I don't sleep anymore. I drink a lot of coffee these days. Hang in there and good luck!

Krystal - posted on 09/21/2009

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My 12 month old daughter often wakes up at night too. what I try to do for the most part to prevent that is: first making sure she has a regular sleep patern, 9:30pm is bed time no later, and no earlier either. When it's getting closer to bedtime, I give her a nice warm bath, a massage, a bottle of warm milk, and a baby Beethoven CD in the player in her bedroom, then I rock her for a few minutes, not to get her to fall asleep, but to help her relax, then I put her down. Another thing to check is the temperature in your baby's room, if it's too warm in my daughter's room she won't stay asleep. Sometimes baby just needs a little attention, and in cases like that unless she's screaming bloody murder, I look in on her to make sure she's okay and comfortable, then I let her cry herself back to sleep. I hope the information of the methods I use on my daughter help you with your son.

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