4am wake up?!?

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my 7 month old has decided lately that 4am is her new wake up time. I am wondering if anyone has gone through this and what can be done to make her go back to her normal 6am-7am wake up time?

She wakes up fully awake and in a good mood ready to play.

She has just leaned to crawl so I am wondering if this has something to do with it?

she has no teeth yet so maybe a tooth is about to come in? she is not fussy or anything.

Also her dad has been away for a few days and maybe she is upset by this?

i need some ideas and help before I go insane?!


Amanda - posted on 06/04/2010




Jake was doing this with me for the looooongest time! Now his wake up time is between 5-6am. What i was doing (between 3:45am & 4:00pm) when he was wanting to stay up and play, i would bring him into bed with me...

At first this wasnt working, because he wanted to play and sit up...

I made the mistake of bringing his little blanket & a toy to bed with us too .

He would just lay there playing and wouldn't sleep....

Then one EARLY morning (4am) i was sooooooo overtired that i just fell asleep for a few minutes and woke up to him sleeping right beside my face.

I started to think "hmmm maybe if he sees/hears me sleeping, he'll fall asleep too!?"

So the next day, it was nap time...he was CRAZY over tired and wasn't going down for nothing....I remembered the night before, and i laid down with him, and pretended to sleep (made breathing noises like i was sleeping) and within 5 min, he rolled over and fell asleep.

I tired this consistantly for less then a week, and he knew when he woke up, had his bottle and we laid in bed together, it meant bed time.

You can see if this works for you? Maybe Jake is just a weirdo ? :)

Jade - posted on 05/29/2010




My 8 Month old is the same...she usually wakes up through the night or early when she's teething....she already got 2 bottom teeth and i think the top ones are coming through...she normally sleeps from 6pm till 6am but the last week or so she has been going to sleep at 9 pm waking at 12 midnight, 3am, 5:30am and then 8:30am. It's driving me nuts!!!! Your lucky it's only once at night...i have tried these tablets they are called teething relief, they desolve in there mouth they are tiny, they are made from all natural ingredients and they work within 30 minutes of taking them and she has started to go back to her normal sleeping pattern...she went to bed at 6 today but woke at 9 and has just gone back to sleep (its 10.26 pm here) so hopefully she goes back to her old routine...i hope your little one starts sleeping better soon!!!

Grace - posted on 05/29/2010




You might find the article below helpful:


For myself, normally I would try to give my daughter a full stomach b4 go to bed & also not to let her fall asleep early. But my daughter didn't really have a routine n I'm still breastfeeding, sometimes she does wakes up in the middle of the night. Btw, my daughter is almost 11mths now & she doesn't have a routine. I think having schedule nap times & feeding would help.

Teething will cause some discomfort & the signs are normally like scratching her ears/mouth, drooling a lot, lost of appetite, fussing, refuse bottle, etc. So if your daughter doesn't have that, most probably it is not due to teething.


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Nokoshi - posted on 06/09/2014




Make sure she don't have any electrical like a I pad or anything like that.

Cheryl - posted on 06/04/2010




some more info is needed here..What time does she go to sleep and what and how long are her nap times during the day?? Is she eating any food other than milk? Are you breastfeeding and do you take anything wi caffeine? A couple things I went thru wi mine.. I had a very active boy, at 6 months I added brown rice cereal and banana at night to help him sleep longer without getting hungry, but also breastfed him and again in the middle of the night.. he would sleep thru..you might need to limit her daytime naps, I know this is hard because you either want to nap yourself or get some things done, but as babies grow and change their needs do too!! I also would put some toys and books on the dresser next to the crib or at the foot of the crib, so he could wake up quietly and play by himself..just because they wake up doesn't mean you have to go in there and get her up for the day.. or does she cry?? you might leave a small bottle of juice she can get for herself, does she know how to use a bottle?? at about 6 or 8 mos a lot of babies can grasp or hold a small bottle..just some ideas..also room darkening shades might help..daylight savings time and longer summer days she might be waking up to the added light! Just some ideas..hope you get some help here!!

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I think I wasn't clear. She is NOT waking up and then going back to bed. She is getting up for the day at 4am

Paige - posted on 05/29/2010




I know EXACTLY what you are going through. My daughter is almost 8 months old and for the past 2 weeks or so, she has been waking up at 4 am wanting a bottle. From 2 months old til about 2 weeks ago, she would sleep right through the night. We think she might be going through a growth spurt or something, the milk just doesn't fill her up until morning. We also might think she has more teeth coming in..babies aren't always fussy either when getting teeth, my daughter wasnt anyways. I don't really have any advice for you, but just thought I would let you know that you aren't the only one!!
I would also like any advice/ideas!

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