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Always wakes up screaming

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onedowneleventogo Wed 10-Dec-14 16:03:03

I'm concerned about dd1. She is almost 9mo and consistently wakes up screaming. She is a pretty good sleeper, takes two regular hour+ naps and sleeps about 9 hrs a night straight through (8pm- 5am) but her wakings are always so traumatic.

This is nothing new but I just assumed she would grow out of it or it would go away once she started self settling (which she is. we've been putting her down 'drowsy but awake' for over a month now)

I hear of babies laying in their crib and talking to themselves or playing for awhile once they wake up and that is so not us. As soon as she's awake she springs to her feet, clutches the side of the crib and screams, literally shaking.

I'm worried we're doing something to trigger this or she's not getting some magically correct type of sleep. Or maybe it's just a thing for some babies? Would appreciate advice/perspective.

flipflopsonfifthavenue Wed 10-Dec-14 19:29:28

Ds1 is 2.4yo and until last few months has woken from every nap and every morning and every night feed as though he's being eaten by foxes. It's just his way of announcing that he's awake. It certainly gets mummy in quick so works a treat as far as he's concerned! smile
Now he'll sometimes wake and just say "mummy mummy" miserably. Only times he's woken happy are when he's been in our bed.

flipflopsonfifthavenue Wed 10-Dec-14 19:33:28

P.S meant to add he is also an early waker -5-530 am and only way to stop screaming is to get him up. If I had a penny for every friend who suggested I just put a book or toy in with him and leave him for a bit, I'd be rich! Like you I think who ARE these babies who wake quietly and sit and play/chat in their cot for a while????

purplemurple1 Wed 10-Dec-14 19:44:30

Is she waking hungry, thirsty etc and screaming for you to get her or just screaming in general?

She is having a similar amount of sleep as mine at that age but most babies need more. Do you think waking too early from naps and her night sleep could be the problem?
Mine is supper grumpy when he wakes accidentally.

roofio87 Thu 11-Dec-14 08:08:04

my 14mo does this too. It's worse at the moment as he's teething. sometimes he wakes up babbling, but it is mostly crying/screaming. I also just think it's the way he announces he's up. He likes being with his mummy so just wants her back asap. I wouldn't worry too much.

Gemma57 Fri 12-Dec-14 09:43:37

Just a thought but does she have reflux? My DS does and at the start of the night often wakes up screaming, the doctor suggested Gaviscon which appears useless but has referred us to paediatrician to see if he needs some stronger medicine.

When they are lying down flat the stomach acid travels back up and is very uncomfortable. You could try raising one end of cot to see if that changes anything?

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