My 4 month old stopped sleeping through the night!

Nichole - posted on 02/13/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I am wondering if any body has experienced this with their 4 month old.

My son was sleeping through the night for the last month, from about 10pm until 5 or 6am. Then this past Monday he caught some sort of bug. He had a low grade fever and would not sleep at all. He was up all day and all night being very restless. I brought him to the doctor and she checked him out and said maybe he has some sort of virus. He was weak but he never lost his appetite which was good. I took him back to the doctor on Wednesday and she looked at him again and said he looked really good he was fine.

Well he still won't sleep through the night he gets up at 2-3 times a night now and still seems a little on the weak side.

He also is drooling a ton and chewing on his hands like crazy! The doctor said that he is not teething but maybe he is feeling some pressure on his gums. So I am not sure if this would keep him at night. because he was doing this before but still sleeping through the night. I als give him cereal before bed along with a 5oz bottole. Any advice would be great because I am a little confused. Is he sick and the doctor is over looking it or is it something else? Thank you again!


Meagan - posted on 02/13/2009




It could be a phase, it could be teething, it could be a growth spurt. All can cause restless nights.. is he by any chance learning something new?.. like how to sit or to roll over? When ever my daughter is mastering a new skill .. this month its clapping.. she is really restless and wakes several times. Her sleep patterns are never consistent. We will have really good stretches where she sleeps great .. then all the sudden she is a horrible sleeper.. hang in there it will even out.

User - posted on 02/13/2009




Don't worry. It's normal that your baby will go through different phases. Mine is the same way. He'll sleep good for a few weeks and then starting waking up a lot again. I think it probably has a lot to do with growth spurts.

Kerrie - posted on 02/13/2009




I went through the same when my son stopped sleeping through the night at about 4 months. I asked friends and they said i should try weaning him, which i did and i have never looked back. Give it a try. I know the official line is to wait until 6 months but a babies digestive system can take solids from 16 weeks and the doctors and my health visitor have not told me off, they said he was ready for it. Hope this helps

Angie - posted on 02/13/2009




He's getting ready for a growth spurt, he'll start sleeping again in a few weeks. Hang in there!


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Gayle - posted on 02/13/2009




Sounds like a normal 4 month old to me, bless his (and your) heart! My little guy would finnally sleep through the night for a while and then all of a sudden change his ways. But if you feel something is wrong talk to your doctor again and if you still feel something is wrong, take him to another doctor. Always listen to your mommy radar. Good luck and remember, this too shall pass!

Julia - posted on 02/13/2009




I'm going through an almost identical situation with my four month old daughter. She slept through the night regularly until about 2 weeks ago, and suddenly she is waking up around 3 am every night. My feeling on it is that she is entering a growing phase, and needs to eat more often. I am breastfeeding, but always give her a bottle before bedtime. I find that when she wakes up, I feed her and she goes right back to sleep and usually sleeps the rest of the night. Have you tried this? If it doesn't work, I would take him back to the doctor. If you think something is wrong, trust your instinct. A mother knows better than anyone when her child isn't right!

Stefanie - posted on 02/13/2009




He very well could be teething, or just going through a phase.  My son slept the same, from about 2 months he was sleeping til 4-5 in the morning, then around 5 months he started waking 2-3 times a night.  That lasted about 2 months, then he got back into his normal sleep pattern.  If he hasn't lost his appetite and seems pretty normal activity-wise, and the doctor didn't seem to think anything was wrong, I wouldn't worry about him being sick.

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