Post # 1
My 8-month-old recently started waking up from anywhere from 10:30-11:30 till almost 2am. She still gets up at her normal 7am time and goes to bed at 7:30-8pm and continues taking her normal naps. She had been sleeping straight through the night with no problems, so it seems to have come out of nowhere this past week or so.
Just some info: she started crawling about 3 weeks ago and is trying very hard to pull herself up to a standing position with furniture and seems to continue this during the night when she wakes up (crawling around her crib, pulling herself up etc.). Over the past few weeks there will be a few nights where she will get a low-grade fever (99.3 or so) and we give her a little tylenol per our pediatricians advice who thinks its teething based on her drool factor and fussiness. Could these be factors? If so is there anything we can do to get her back to sleeping through the night or should we wait it out?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
Our baby went through phases where she woke up at night all throughtout the first year. She didn’t start consistently sleeping through the night (by which I mean about 12-13 hours solid) until she turned about 1. I also noticed that these periods where she;d wake up coincided with times when she seemed to be going through a big milestone, as it sounds like your daughter is.
So, all that is to say that it’s normal, and it will definitely pass.
Anyway, onto what to do in the meantime. What do you guys do when she wakes up in the middle of the night? Our strategy was to do the most minimal intervention/disruption as possible. So if she woke up screaming & crying, we’d go check on her, but in the most minimal way possible. We’d make sure everything was ok with her, give her a quick hug to reassure her, and tell her that it’s still nighttime and it’s not time to get up yet. Then we’d leave the room. She would usually go back to sleep after that, maybe after crying a little bit, which we would sometimes have to just ignore (after making sure she was ok, of course). Her periods of sleep disruption never lasted more than a week or so for us. We just were very consistent about not going in her room a ton in the middle of the night, and she realized it was better just to keep sleeping.
Post # 3
stillme: Thanks for your input. I had read that babies tend to want to continue to practice their new milestones and can sometimes wake up in the middle of the night. I think we were spoiled as we had almost 2 months of uninterrupted sleeping bliss! So admittedly we are off our game for dealing with night-time wake-ups. I’m glad this all seems pretty typical though.
We will start keeping our interactions minimal to see if she gets back into her pattern. I think we’re just not used to it anymore so we’re missing the basics of how we got her to sleep in the first place (luck! HA!) So I guess we’ll grin and bear it and minimalize the night-time interactions. Thanks again for your response!
Post # 4
I would just wait it out, it will pass. Also sounds entirely normal to me ^^. Babies sleep patterns change a lot!
Post # 5
Katie-Didnt: is your baby possibly starting to get some teeth in? Your baby is growing and her body is changing. It can be anything it comes with age. My daughter slept all night and day when she was first born. As she got a little older she woke up at night and i would have to rock her to sleep. It’s just the good old parts of parenthood. Welcome to the getting no sleep at night club!
Post # 6
even my good sleeper can have issues with waking…it will hit for a few days and then go back to normal…I always thought maybe teething, maybe tummy trouble, but it always seems to pass eventually, just give it time.