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7 month old started waking in the night

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Maria101 Fri 07-Jan-11 21:23:56

From about 4months, I had my daughter in a great bedtime routine, and she was doing 7 til 7.30ish with an 11pm dreamfeed. Just before Christmas she got the norovirus, then a cold, then she cut her first tooth. Her sleep reverted back to that of a newborn, and she was waking up every couple of hours in the night and taking a while to settle. She's now much better (health and sleeping wise), but is still waking up a couple of times in the evening and two or three times in the night. She doesn't want to feed, and settles after a bit of 'sshh-ing', chest rubbing and a dummy. I'm absolutely exhausted (I got the norovirus and a cold just after her, and now have another bad cold) and desperate to get her back to her old sleeping habits. I weaned from 6 months and in the last week, she's started eating three meals a day so she's dropped her dreamfeed, so she's not waking up out of hunger. And because she settles so easily, I'm guessing she's not in pain with her teeth. Any ideas?

missytequila Fri 07-Jan-11 23:00:00

no ideas, just sympathy. my baby had the best routine ever, slept like a dream. then from 6.5 months all the way till the 8th month mark she slept terribly.

then like magic after 8 months came around, slept amazing again. it will pass, just try to stay calm/sane x

sheepgomeep Sat 08-Jan-11 12:34:58

my 8 month old has just started waking again in the night, She too has suffered with colds, norovirus etc.

She goes off to sleep ok, about 7 ish sleeps until about 12 then quite often wants a bottle about this time then is awake for hours in the night.

She has just done some new things developementally so I'm wondering if this is why

Maria101 Sat 08-Jan-11 21:18:24

Aagghh! It's tough, isn't it? As soon as you think you've cracked something, they change!

KaffaCakes Sun 09-Jan-11 18:58:55

My LO is doing exactly the same thing! He started sleeping through the night at the start of December. He is seven and a half months now and we haven't had a decent night since. He had a terrible cold and cough the weeks before Christmas, completely went off solids then started eating again Christmas day. However, as well as the sleep problems we've now got eating problems. He rarely has a proper breastfeed now, keeps looking around all the time and won't eat solids properly- spoon-fed or self-feeding. I am at my wit's end. He used to go to sleep on his own in the crib after his bath and bedtime feed, now he won't go to bed at all then wakes after an hour. I inevitably feed him back to sleep every time he wakes every couple of hours, as he won't take a bottle and gets in a terrible rage. I am exhausted and feel a bit like I'm losing my marbles. Two new teeth and crawling probably hasn't helped his sleep lately. we tried CC and PUPD a couple of times but nothing has worked over the past six weeks or so. ANY advice or suggestions welcome! Even if this is some seven month anomaly I need to know, just so I know there's an end in sight. As usual my DP hasn't made any suggestions, helpful or otherwise and I feel like I might as well be doing this in my own!

fifitot Sun 09-Jan-11 21:01:26

Kaffa - I am no expert, just another mum desperate for sleep but was thinking that the main thing seems to be that whatever you try you are consistent and keep going with it.

I have been dabbling with different approaches to 2 hourly nightwakings for weeks but realised that I need to pick one approach and just keep going with it.

Good luck.

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