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7mo old sudden sleeping habit change?

Linsey - posted on 09/08/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My almost 7month old was a good sleeper...would sleep through the night almost 8-10 hrs aybe got up once for a bottle...she goes to sleep no problems once layed in her crib she goes to sleep on her own...however for the last 2 weeks she has been horrible...she goes to sleep fine but has been waking up 5-6 times a night for 2-3 ounces (sometimes a full 6-8) of formula with rice...she is on solids and eats a ton! she has been coughing a lot lately but no other symptoms...idk what to do!!!???

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Katrina - posted on 10/14/2011

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Sounds like a growth spurt. My health visitor said to ignore my son & not feed but HELLO I know my so & I know when he's hungry. Just go with the flow, it'll settle soon. Could be teething to so maybe try some ibruprofen to relax the gums & aid sleep x

Katie - posted on 09/18/2011

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Yes it could definitely be a growth spurt but that doesn't mean it won't form a habit. My DD did the same thing at that age and after 6 weeks(!) of taking full 7 oz bottles once a night and then starting on twice a night, I knew she didn't really need it anymore. I switched her to 7oz of water in the bottle then every other night or so decreased by 2 ounces until she finally started sleeping through again. She never did it again, she's almost 2. So yes, while some babies may go right back to sleep once the spurt is over, others do continue to wake out of habit. I let her go far too long because I was a ftm and didn't know any better. When #2 comes along, I'll have learned my lesson and won't it let it go on more than 3 weeks! Good luck, I know it's hard losing sleeping after getting used to a full night's rest.

Kristy - posted on 09/11/2011

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It makes me upset when people (health providers) say to not feed as it will become a habit at night. I think you need to judge for yourself - for us, our son was hungry. It did not become a habit and once the growth spurt was over so was the night waking. Do what is best for you and your little one will be the advise I will use for baby #2.

April - posted on 09/10/2011

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Both of my kids did the same thing about this age. They were teething. I'd give them ibuprofen before bed and that'd keep them asleep for about 6 hrs. at which point I could give them a 2nd dose.

Nicola - posted on 09/10/2011

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My daughter has been the same since 6 and a half months and she is now just over 9 months, she used to be a really good sleeper so for awhile I couldn't understand why the sudden change but I have jusat got use to it now. I have just seen today she has finally cut her top two teeth so this could help I hope! Health visitor told me though not to feed her milk through the night if she was having enough during the day as they will soon get use to having it but my daughter doesn't have a dummy and sometimes a bottle is the only thing that's soothes her and she only wants milk.any ideas of something I could try?

Kristy - posted on 09/10/2011

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I agree Liz, sounds like a growth spurt. Our son would go through the same thing every so often and has always been a great sleeper. All we could do was give him a bottle and then he was happy to go back to sleep without an issue. It will pass, but I know it is hard when they have been giving you solid stretches of sleep!

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Sounds like a growth spurt. It's common for babies to have a big one around 6 months. It'll pass. :)

Hayley - posted on 09/09/2011

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has she got teeth she could be teething. my son who's just turned 7 months went through that for 1 month then he cut his first tooth. he had a cough and runny nose with it. it's so hard i was awake every one to two hours. it's hard but it seems to get better once the teeth are through. if concerned contact your local community health nurse good luck.

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