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Munchkinmommy Sun 11-Nov-12 15:21:35

Hi everyone. My little girl is 7 months old and to date, apart from the odd time when she's been ill, has been a dream where sleeping is concerned. In the last few days she has changed. When I put her down for a nap we get full on tears and sobbing. She has sometimes moaned a bit but not for long but today in particular she has really had a melt down. It's unlike her but I am a little concerned that its behavioural and something I need to try to nip in the bud.
She hasn't had teeth come through yet, I can't see any sign on her gums. We have all had colds and she is still a bit snotty. So I guess could be she's unwell. Just all seems to have changed quickly.
What's made me wonder is that she has seemed ok playing and then when I put her down we get the melt down. Any advice would be great, thanks.

YBR Sun 11-Nov-12 15:29:22

LOs change a lot as they grow, and my DD(11mo) went through phases of this. It'll pass.
Two techniques help with our DD:
1) put her down in the pram and go out for a walk which usually gets DD to sleep, and if not does always quiet her down;
2) we occasionally let her whinge and sob for up to 10 minutes during which she'll usually drop off.

showtunesgirl Sun 11-Nov-12 17:51:13

What does her awake / sleep schedule look like?

ZuleikaD Sun 11-Nov-12 18:37:18

It sounds like separation anxiety, in which case it's entirely age-appropriate and a good sign, believe it or not - it means she has a strong bond with you. You will probably just need to ride it out - stay with her while she goes to sleep and it will pass.

Munchkinmommy Sun 11-Nov-12 21:21:16

Thanks for the hints. I wondered about the separation anxiety thing. Guess it could be although yesterday morning she went to sleep fine with daddy when I nipped out and last night my sister looked after her and she went to bed fine. She's actually been fine tonight too ....

Munchkinmommy Sun 11-Nov-12 21:27:34

ZuleikaD she usually sleeps 12 hrs throught to around 7am then has her bottle and sleeps again straight after for about 30 mins. So normally about 8:30 she gets up and then I put her down for a nap around 11. She only ever sleeps for 40 mins and will have another nap anytime between 2:30 and 4pm. Then will go to bed at 7pm. We have a good bed time routine with a bath. As I say all this has worked brilliantly up until the last day or so.

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