7 month old waking up EVERY night!!

Tasha - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old has been waking up EVERY night at about 1-1:30 am every night for the last few weeks!! This is very ODD, because she has been sleeping through the night since she was 2 months old!! I have tried to keep her up later at night, and I have also added cereal into her bottle, (thinking she might be hungry!) and so far, nothing has worked!! She wakes up, and at first she is just talking, and then she starts to whine when I dont pick her up. I DON'T want her to start making this a nightly routine!!! HELP!!!!!!! I am at my whits end with her!!!!!!! :(

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Kira - posted on 09/15/2009

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It's time for baby intervention! My daughter did the same thing. First, the doctor said NOT to add cereal into a bottle. Drinking it like that can form bad habits. Try just feeding her a bit before bed. We realized that there were two reasons why she was suddenly waking up every night. First- she was wet and aware of it. We started a strict schedule- her last feeding (either breast or 9 oz bottle) of the night was at 6 pm. She goes to bed at 8 and anytime she ate later than 6, she'd wake up wet and mad.



Second, she had gotten to the age where she was aware when she woke up. All babies reach this point, but some react differently. The doctor said we had to teach her to put herself back to sleep. There are various books on this. It's really hard, because honestly, after trying everything, we found that the only thing that worked was to just let her cry it out. For us, it fortunately took only one night (some books say it might take up to a week). She cried for about 1.5 hour while I put my head under a pillow- it was so hard not to go soothe her. But eventually she relaxed, realized she didn't need me to fall back asleep, and she's been sleeping like an angel (12 hours at least) every night since then.



Try it! It's hard, but so worth it for both the baby and you!

Amy - posted on 09/15/2009

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I would say that she is teething. I had the same prob. with my daughter and come to find out when they start to get teeth it bothers them more at night. Try rubbing some baby or-gel on her teeth when she gets up.

Amanda - posted on 09/15/2009

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I think it might be teething as well. My daughter is 9 months old now and is still struggling to get teeth. When it seems like she may have a rough night because of the teeth, I would give her infant tylenol and rub some baby orajel on her gums. She is a great sleeper, sleeps through the night until 8:30/9 only wakes up to jibber jabber then falls back to sleep... try that and see if it works. Also, if she continues after you give her tylenol and the orajel I would assume it would just be for the attention.. if so I would just let her cry it out so it doesn't become a habit. Mommy needs sleep too!!!

Krystle - posted on 09/15/2009

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my daughter is 13 months now started sleeping through the night at 3 months and stopped around 7 months to, around there, i gave her a bottle and it was the worst thing i couldve ever done. she still wakes up at night and wont go out out till i give her a bottle. im slowly breaking the habit but it was something that couldve been prevented. moral of the story, dont give the bottle to put back to bed

Michelle - posted on 09/15/2009

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My daughter is alomst 9 months and has been doing the same thing. She is wanting an extra bottle though. We're pretty sure it's a growth spurt.

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Kristin-Ashley - posted on 09/15/2009

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My son started doing the same thing. My son was teething. So I started to give him a little tylenol before bed and when he woke up I wouldn't turn any lights on in the roon I would lay out a teething ting and his paci on the side of his crib. when he woke up I would just hand him the teether or put the paci in his mouth. he would teeth and then stick the paci in. I swear it worked. at first i thought he was hungry so I started nursing him... but I was so pissed becuase he was sleeping through the night and now I was having to get up and nurse him as if he was newborn. I was afraid that he would get accustomed to a mid night feeding and a girlfreind of mine said he little girl did the same thing and it was because she was teething. the first night he work up at about 3am and I gave him a teething ring and once he worked out his aggivating teething pain he fell asleep then woke up at his normal time in the morning. Good Luck!

Kristen - posted on 09/15/2009

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At 7 months old it's ok to let them work it out themselves and not get up. It might make for a few really uncomfortable nights but if you keep getting up with her chances are she will keep waking up to see you.

Krystle - posted on 09/15/2009

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Hmm. Has she started teething yet? When my baby started teething he would wake up through the night. Before bed, we would give him his infants Tylenol and that seemed to help. Hope this helps. Sleepless nights are no fun.

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