Night Terrors

Kristel - posted on 07/13/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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We just got our 7 month old comfortable sleeping in her co-sleeper in our room and now all the sudden she doesn't sleep unless I am with her. It breaks my heart to just hear her cry like something hurts. It's not her teeth, and she isn't sick. I'm guessing it's night terrors. I've been letting her sleep in our bed and calm her down. The good news is while she is sleeping with us she eats less, but I just want to make sure that she can go back to sleeping on her own later. Does anyone else have this problem with their 7 month old?

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Jennifer - posted on 07/13/2010

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it would just be a nightmare or scared but not a night terror - my daughter had a night terror once (maybe twice) and trust me they are WAY more dramatic and traumatizing (to the parent) - they usually can't be comforted and u just have to wait them out. But I am having this issue too with my daughter who just turned 2. And I want her in her own bed but she jsut won't - and she has slept with me since she was young as was always sick and never slept well. So is jsut cause she is used to it. So they first few months will be rough but u just have to try to comfort her in her own bed if u don't want your child to be in your bed at the age of 2!! My son is 3 months and he is startin to sleep good on his own although he has to do most of his sleepin in his swing due to breathin issues we are sorting out. But the older they are the harder it is to wean them - from experience - good luck!!

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Alicia - posted on 07/27/2010

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Night terrors are the worst!!!!!!! My son is almost 11 months and he has had issues since like 8 months, before that he would sleep like 10-12 hours a night, now 2 then he wakes up.
But i would say call your child's doc. they can give you some advice ect. that's what we did. But the thing with NT they arnt fully awake, they may cry and stand up in bed, but often there eyes are shut ect. You shouldn't they to wake they child try to sooth them, maybe turn the light on.

Felicia - posted on 07/26/2010

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I can tell you that I use to have night terrors when I was a child and with night terrors you wake up screaming uncontrollably (usually) and they are very disorienting, sometimes you don't know where you are or why you're there or how you got there you just know that you are terrified and you don't know why, that being said it would take a long time to calm her down if she was having night terrors. My daughter has started to have nightmares she'll be sleeping and then all of the sudden she'll start crying but usually she's still asleep I've found that if I leave her asleep she'll usually stop if she does wake up I'll rock her for a couple of mins until she falls back asleep and then I just put her back down, and that seems to work for me

Kaleena - posted on 07/26/2010

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my son used to do that when he was younger i didnt react to it as he was asleep and any disterbance would wake him maybe you should try ignoring it unless its really bad but it may be just her imagination developing

Megan - posted on 07/26/2010

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My daughter is almost 3. I had night terror's when I was a baby and now my daughter has them but only when she has been over stimulated that day and is over tired. I read a book and it said to wake them up at around 20-30 mins before they usally have them. Over the next few night see if they happena round the same time, then wake them up give them some water or take them to the toilet then put them back to bed.
With the bed thing try for a few nights to put them in their bed but stay with them til they go to sleep then just get further away from them over a few weeks.
Good luck ladies.

Shamekia - posted on 07/21/2010

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My baby is five months and had her first night terror the other night. I picked her up, rocked her back to sleep, then laid her back in her crib. You could try a nightlight.

Ashli - posted on 07/16/2010

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my daughter is almost two and she wakes up and just cries constantly and i think they are night terrors, she eats fine during the day and everything the minute i put her in my bed she rolls over and goes to sleep. :)

Sadie - posted on 07/13/2010

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my son used to only want to sleep in our room too and I didnt feel ready to let him have his own room it was hard but he listens to a Jewel CD every night at bedtime it helps and when he wakes @ 5/6am sometimes i take him back to bed with me...not every morning though cause when i do he wont nap without me throughtout the day. oh he 6 mos try letting her nao during the day in her room/crib just to get her used of it. eventually she will i know its TOUGH but it'll pass

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My now 10 month old does this as well, she is 10 months now and has been doing is since 3-4 months on....its horrible to feel so helpless. We just do our best to comfort her and she ends up sleeping with us alot!

Kristel - posted on 07/13/2010

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Just so we're clear she isn't crying because she is alone, she is fast asleep next to me and lets out a really bad cry. I have to tell her she is okay and rub her back for her to go back to sleep.

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