From one wake up a night to four or five wakeups...Why is my almost 10 month old so unsettled at night??

Justine - posted on 08/12/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




My daughter Nina went from sleeping almost all night, just one wake up to feed. Sometimes she would sleep through the night (only once in a while). Now she will wake up around 1am after going to sleep around 10:30/11pm. She will feed, fall back asleep and wake up around 4am and is unsettled till 8/8:30am, during that time she can't stop moving around and whining with a few nods off back to sleep for 10/15 min then whining and moving. She is fine during the day with a hour nap before lunch and two or three 30 min naps during the day. I can't figure out why she is all of a sudden so unsettled...Any help would be great:)


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Heather - posted on 08/15/2011




Babies have growth spurts and growing pains, like teething, hurt, when growing your child will naturally be hungrier, it takes a lot of extra energy to grow, and yes, it usually happens at night, because during the day, your baby will be too active doing other things and learning, in which case, this is hopefully just a phase. On the other hand, reading your second comment about not feeding in the night and just rocking your child back to sleep, this is a mistake that I made, because you are cuddling your daughter to sleep, when she stirs in the night, she is expecting you to be there and when she discovers she is alone it is distressing for her. The trick is to put her down whilst she is still awake, if yours is anything like my children, this will be a nightmare, but, it is worth trying otherwise it will continue and you will find that when your daughter is 2 and beyond, you will still have to get up in the night to settle her when she wakes, it would be better to break the habit now. Hope this gives you something helpful to think about, sleep deprivation is terrible, good luck!

Justine - posted on 08/13/2011




Thanks, I took her to the Dr. yesterday just to have her ears, throat and chest checked. He said everything was fine and just give panadol (tylenol) when needed. She has never taken a bottle or dummy (pacifier). Maybe I will try not feed her at night and just rock her till she falls back asleep and see hows she goes. I kind of felt the same Natalie with the tummy aches. Just strange that she has never had that before and it now every night. She doesn't have any teeth coming in at the moment. But she was great when all 6 other teeth came out. Thanks for the help Amy & Natalie:)

Natalie - posted on 08/12/2011




She might have an upset tummy from the previous feed. If she is on formula consider trying a different one. Even if she is on breast she may still have a tummy ache, its just that wriggling to me suggests pain or discomfort. does she have dummy? My sister in law had a similar problem with their youngest and it went on for months~! UNTILL she took away the dummy. Now she sleeps right through! No fuss.

Or Amy could be right, teething is not fun at any age!

Amy - posted on 08/12/2011




My daughter went through this when she was teething, my husband and I were clueless because she was absolutely fine during the day. After two weeks and she started waking every 30 minutes to an hour we took her to the pediatrician and he couldn't find anything wrong with her then two days later a tooth appeared. Nothing we did made it better even when we tried the Tylenol at night.

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