Post # 1
My DD just turned 5 months last week and up until a few days ago has been a great sleeper. She would wake up once, maybe twice a night. She’s still in her rock n play in our room.
The last few nights she starts crying every hour or two. I’ll wait a little bit to see if she calms down, but 9 times out of 10 she cries harder. Her eyes are stil closed, so I think she’s still sleeping. DH and I (mostly me because I’m a SAHM) try everything to calm her down, but the only thing that seems to work is comfort nursing, then she’s back sleeping within a few minutes.
Nothing in her day has changed, I don’t see or feel any teeth coming in. It could be a growth spurt, but this is so different from past growth spurts!
Any ideas on what’s going on with my little squishy?
Post # 2
Fall_In_Love22: probably teething as i do not have babies yet but im a hygienist lol so lower centrals get out about six months.
Post # 3
Four month sleep progression / regression starting late? There’s a whole lot of development and milestones that hit from around four months and on and it can really do a number of baby’s sleep. Nursing is very soothing for LO’s and your milk combined with suckling will be releasing oxytocin which help her drop back to sleep.
My other thought is that your LO is possibly starting to get a wee bit cramped in her RNP and might need to be moved to a crib, perhaps?
Post # 4
My baby started doing this around a month ago, when she was about 3 months old. It seemed like she was having a nightmare, and I could only get her to stop screaming by picking.her up, calling her name and kissing her face until she woke up a bit, and then shush and pat or caress her for a minute or two to ease her back to sleep.
I did some research, and what I found suggested it was a confusional state as they drifted between REM sleep and deeper sleep. I also read that they’re more prone to it if they were agitated before they were put down, for example if their schedule was disrupted or they were overtired. It seemed to hold true for my girl.
In any case, whatever it was has mostly passed now and she doesn’t do it often at all. Maybe it was a precursor to teething as was suggested, since my daughter is now starting to teethe.
Sorry I don’t have any concrete answers for you, but I hope it will help you to know that it is normal and it is likely just a phase.
Post # 5
Kemma: I thought the same thing about putting her in her crib, but she HATES it. We’ve been trying to get her to nap in it, but that’s a slow process.
PlusOne: that makes sense. I remember reading somewhere that sometimes babies have a hard time switching through sleep cycles.
Last night was better , she only woke up twice. Hopefully she’s going back to normal and it wasn’t just a fluke.
Post # 6
Sounds like a sleep regression to me/newborn sleepiness wearing off. If the pattern doesn’t change in the next week or so, though, I’d start looking for bad habits (it’d be early for her to notice things like object permanence, but not unheard of).
Post # 7
Fall_In_Love22: You could try putting a rolled up towel along each side of the crib (undereath the sheet) to recreate the cocooned feeling of the RNP, you could also try raising the head of the cot a wee bit to create an incline.