All of a sudden not sleeping well

Jena - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello,



My daughter will be 14 months on Wednesday. She has been sleeping great for months and months, until last week. Before I would do her regular routine- bath, pjs, bottle, story- put her in her crib awake, and she would be quiet and go right to sleep. Last week she started waking up at different times in the middle of the night just screaming. I thought it was her teeth, or she was scared, or something, so I would go in, pick her up, reassure her, etc. and put her back down. Well it happened almost every night last week and on the weekend she started screaming as I went to put her in the crib. I don't get it. Nothing has changed from her routine. Its like shes scared or doesn't want to sleep now or something.



Last night she actually didn't wake up at all in the night, which was great, but she still had a hard time initially going to sleep. I'm hoping she will continue to sleep well tonight.



Has anyone else had sudden changes in sleeping patterns for no apparent reason?

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Fiona - posted on 09/07/2009

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so glad to hear you guys are going through the same as me. my son will be 14 months next week. he hasnt been sleeping through the night for about 5 months now. he goes to bed between 6.30 and 7 and usually goes straight off, but will wake up on average 5-6 times during the night screaming. i give him his dummy back (as he throws it out in his sleep) and he throws it back at me! i change his nappy and that doesnt work. because we live with family he is the same room as us and the slightest noise wakes him! i cant function in the day unless i have a nap as well!

Jena - posted on 09/03/2009

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Well the past few days our little girl is back to sleeping normal. I gave her Tylenol for a few nights before bed this week, thinking maybe her teeth were bothering her. She would go to sleep fine, wake up maybe once crying again and I would just go in her room, lay her back down, try to reassure her, and gave her a stuffed animal and she would fall back asleep. Last night she didn't wake at all. Thats the first time in over a week! Yay! I'm hoping she has gotten over this little hurdle. It really seems to help that I'm giving her a stuffed animal to sleep with. I've read that it is good for a toddler to have a stuffed animal they take to bed, so thats what we've been going with. So far, so good!

Angela - posted on 09/03/2009

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Oh man this is what I am going through at the moment my son will be 14 months on the 6th September. He has been sleeping through the night with no wake ups since 8 weeks and is such a good sleeper. Except this week he has been waking every night at about 130am screaming. I'm thinking it could be his teeth since he only has 6 bu I'm stumped hoping he sleeps well tonight (fingers & toes crossed). We cut him done to one sleep at preschool so hopefully that works man they grow fast!

Alyson - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son just turned 13 months and his sleep has been off for about a month now too. He was waking up once or twice a night screaming in pain then I noticed his molars are coming in. Now that htey have pretty much broken through he sleeps fine through the night but is just waking up early. even if I put him to bed a little later he is waking after 10 hours instead of his normal 11. I will put him in bed with me and he goes back to sleep for that last hour. I dont want to keep this routine going but he wont go back to sleep any other way. glad to see that im not the only one with sleep issues. he has done so well since 7 months old!

Jena - posted on 09/02/2009

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Thats a lot of teeth! I give my daughter baby tylenol drops when her teeth are bothering her. I tried Baby Orajel, but I don't know how well that worked. Also, my daugter really likes a frozen teething ring when her teeth hurt.

Candice - posted on 09/02/2009

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I my son will be 13 months on the 16th Sep. I have the same problem. He tosses and turns alot during the night and then starts crying. I don't know what the problem might be. But I do suspect that it might be his teeth, because he has twelve already in his mouth. Any advise on what I can give him for restlessness and pain caused by teething???

Sarah - posted on 09/01/2009

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Aww, that's so cute. I hope she feels better soon. My little girl is having the same issues. She whimpers in her sleep sometimes, and wakes up crying a few times a night. During the day I can't leave her sight or she gets upset, but it's fine because I'd rather stay with her anyway. Before we know it, they'll be off on their own and we'll miss these days.

Jocelyn - posted on 09/01/2009

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I'm experiencing this too. My son turns 14 months on Saturday and he is usually a good sleeper, sleeping through the night from 8:30pm-7:00am without night-time wakings for 2 months, barring the last week or so. Recently he has woken up screaming and crying, usually around midnight, and it takes an hour to soothe him back to sleep. He's acting the same way and we're boggled by it too.



We think his nose may be getting stuffy at night, which scares him when he can't breathe and wakes him up. We're going to start saline drops before his bedtime and see if it helps prevent the nightly cryings. I hear this is around the time their molars come in too, but he's happy during the day, so I don't think it's molars for my baby. Good luck to you!

Jena - posted on 09/01/2009

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I was thinking it could be seperation anxiety too. I will try comforting her more when she needs it. Last night she went to sleep pretty well. She only woke up once, which was about 3 hours into her sleep. She was crying and sitting in the crib. I gave her a little mouse stuffed animal and laid her back down and she was quiet and went back to sleep. I hope its getting better!

Sarah - posted on 08/31/2009

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Separation anxiety can peak shortly into the first year. It really sounds like that's what's going on with your daughter. It can take a few months to work itself out, but she'll get there. Teething can always be an issue, but when it's really the issues of going to bed and waking up alone and being needy during the day, it's most likely separation anxiety.

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My daughter is 13 months, & went through the same thing two weeks ago. Then, last week I discovered two new teeth. Your daughter is probably teething. Try giving her Tylenol the first time she awakens.

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