Daughter was sleeping through night but is now waking... What happened?

Chrissy - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Our 12.5 mos old daughter has been sleeping through the night since about 5 mos. She would normally have bouts of waking when teething or illness but really no other time. Just recently she has been waking every 2-3 hours crying and will not stop unless picked up. She is a very active child walking, babbling, and has 8 baby teeth already. Not sure what to do. She does not appear sick nor have any illness symptoms. When she is picked up she does stop crying.

Help!!!!!
A very tired momma

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Lindsey - posted on 05/01/2009

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I just got over having the same problem. I don't know if this will help but my son wasn't getting enough day time sleep so it made his night time sleep even worse. They say he's over stimulated so needs to wake up more. (Plus all the other things going on at this age) So I put him on a day time sleeping schedule he takes a nap in the morning and a nap in the afternoon and I started putting him down to go to bed earlier. So he goes to sleep at 6:30 or 7pm and wakes around 6am. Yes that's early but it's so much better than 3 or 4 for me. He's much happier now during the day but it took some time for him to get used to it and I had to let him cry it out at nap time for a bit but now it's fine. Good luck!!

Julia - posted on 05/01/2009

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Hang in there! My doc says that this age has MAJOR separation anxiety and that that, coupled with the normal semi-waking of baby sleep (especially during growth spurts or teething), makes them accutely aware of when they are alone and awake. It might be that you just need to have a little music playing while she learns to soothe herself back to sleep.

Chantel - posted on 05/01/2009

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How long do you leave her before you pick her up? My son is almost 17 months and he was doing the same thing. I was told it was a comfort thing. Unless she is really upset, leave her alone for a little while before you pick her eventually she will see that she can comfort herself and will drift off to sleep. I hope that this helps. It is very frustrating, I know, hang in there!

Dana - posted on 04/29/2009

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IDK, my daughter is doing the same thing. Hers is caused from her teething though and sometimes from being gassy. Sometimes she's hungry too. Just depends.

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