Hi moms, my 11 month old son is still waking up 2-3 times at night. He doesn't seem hungry when he wakes up as we have increased his food intake during the day. He also takes decent naps at daycare so I don't think it's because he's overtired. Before, I thought he just was experiencing separation anxiety but it's been months now! Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions? I'd love to remedy this before he enters his toddler years! Thanks!

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Ashley - posted on 03/11/2009

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Pick a time to put him down to bed every night. Don't get him out of his crib again until he has been in bed for 12 hours. If he wakes up crying, go into his room. Make sure he is laying down and just make shhhushing noises until he's calm, but do NOT get him up. If he wakes up but isn't upset and crying, then just let him be until he falls back asleep. Have him take 2 naps per day that last about an hour (one in the morning, one in the afternoon). My son had sleeping problems (both at night and naptime) for a few months and this is what his ped told us to do. We noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement and after 3 days he stopped waking up at night and was taking proper naps.

Charity - posted on 03/10/2009

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Hi Gina.  My little girl (who is almost 1) wakes up once a night pretty regulary.  We usually give her a bottle and she calms back down.  I don't think it's really unusual for kids to still wake up.  How are you handling the waking?  Are you checking on him and encouraging him to go back to sleep?  I've heard the best thing to do is to check on them and then let them cry it out.    We've let our little one cry-it-out and now she stops fussing when we leave the room.  Good luck! 

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Is it possible that it's a teething issue? for weeks when my son was getting his two top teeth i gave him a dose of motrin before bed AND used a small amount of orajel.

another problem that often goes unnoticed and untreated is acid reflux. If this problem has been going on for months, what happens with acid reflux is that at night time when their belly is empty, there's nothing but the acid and so all night long they are experiencing reflux. My son was diagnosed with it at 4 months because no one thought he had true signs of it....but once he was given the medicine, he was a happy baby again. Not all babies with acid reflux show the same symptoms....common signs are "wet" burps, fussiness when eating, excessive spitting up or projectile vomiting, and it disrupts their sleep. Hope you find a solution!

Kim - posted on 03/10/2009

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Quoting Janine:

maybe you could ask his daycare teachers to limit his naps?


At 11 months, my daughter was down to one nap, anywhere from 1.5 - 3 hours depending on how tired she was.  And she naps very shortly after lunch...middle of the day.  Getting down to one nap a day may do it for sleeping at night, but make sure you're going by your son's schedule and not the daycare's.

Kim - posted on 03/10/2009

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I actually used a reformed "Ferber" method...Ferber is when you let them cry for an amount of time, go in quietly without picking them up, and leave...then repeat while lessinging the amount of time you stay, and increasing the amount of time you stay out of their room.  Basically, you have to teach him self soothing...and  make sure you have the same bedtime routine each night.  We put my daughter to bed around the same time and with the same routine every night...brush teeth, books, snuggle in the chair, and then to bed...takes about 20 minutes total.  But if she wakes up, I go in, rub her back, no talking, no picking up, and gently urge her back to sleep.  You might have to do this for a while and for a long time, but eventually, when he realizes he's not getting picked up and not getting talked to, he'll understand that night time is only for sleeping.  Hope this helps.

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