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ASmidgeofMidge Sun 04-Jan-15 08:23:26

DS, 11m, has started waking in the early hours (2-3am) after a fairly consistent period of sleeping through (barring illness etc). I'm not 100% sure of the reasons - he does have a cold at the moment (but night waking predates this), is going through a period of separation anxiety (although fairly low-level) and is teething molars. He's also on the brink of crawling/pulling up. I guess it could be a combination of things. At nap and bedtime DH and I tend to use a sort of PUPD method - no CC, but we don't jump to comfort him the minute he cries as often it's a pre-sleep grizzle/ragey thing iyswim, and I want to move away from feeding or rocking to sleep. He's normally asleep at nap/bedtime within 10 mins and seems able to settle himself after a short period of moaning or pulling up/grinning at me over cot bars.
During the day he probably has naps totalling 2-2.5 hrs (less at nursery). Bedtime is 7pm.

Sorry - am scene-setting! Problem is that DH and I are struggling to settle DS again once he wakes in the night. Usual methods don't seem to work. Often he'll only go back to sleep on one of us/in our bed, and sometimes even this way it can take an hr plus. He's not hungry/thirsty/dirty and seems quite cross rather than in pain/distressed? We're also v mindful of our DD and her being woken by him, so tend to react more quickly to any crying or grizzling. The walls are so thin in our house!

Am hoping someone may have some ideas?


MrsJK Sun 04-Jan-15 08:25:35

Marking my place here - feeling the same pain shock

Part of me thinks it's related to a developmental leap with crawling / walking?! Praying it will pass ASAP

ASmidgeofMidge Sun 04-Jan-15 10:53:00

Ah MrsJK... Comforted that I'm not alone, but sorry to hear you're in the same boat

nannynome Sun 04-Jan-15 15:34:38

I will join in too. DS is just a year and has been waking at 3am(ish) for 2 hours nightly! We have tried everything, I think it is because he is almost walking, he is cruising over everything and occasionally lets go when he forgets he is meant to hold on smile I am exhausted though as I am also 10 weeks pregnant so poor DH is having to do quite a lot of the leg work. Slowly we have got the 2 hours awake to 1 1/2 hours, am hoping he gives up soon. He is so tired but just will not go to sleep. cake to you both

ASmidgeofMidge Sun 04-Jan-15 17:15:24

Also cake to you, nanny. Tis exhausting, isn't it - but must be worse if you're pg too! Congratulations! thanks

ASmidgeofMidge Sun 04-Jan-15 19:27:47

Hopeful bump...

ASmidgeofMidge Fri 09-Jan-15 02:39:29

Another hopeful bump... Have just finally rocked DS back to sleep after he woke at 1am. DH and I are exhausted sad

s88 Fri 09-Jan-15 03:53:56

Same here too ! ds is 11m and nothing will stop him crying unless I pick him up which I am reluctant to do , he goes through fazes of weeks where he will sleep 7-7 then others when he wakes 3 times a night ! ! sad sad

ASmidgeofMidge Fri 09-Jan-15 07:52:34

Don't know what it could be - teeth? Sleep regression? Am resorting to picking him up/taking him into our bed sometimes earlier than I'd like cos am worried DD will wake up

Chaby Fri 09-Jan-15 08:04:13

my ds going through a similar phase. think we just have to ride it out.

ZenNudist Fri 09-Jan-15 08:22:19

My 11mo wakes at 1 for comfort bf then settle again. Currently usually asleep by 9 and up at 6. This is a vast improvement on the sleep hell of preceding month or so. Colds, teething and developmental leaps have been rough. I'm so used to getting bog all sleep nowadays that current pattern is welcome!

It'll change again in a few weeks. For now I'm just feeding/ rocking/ patting back / leaving to cry for 5 mins depending on his mood.

ASmidgeofMidge Sat 10-Jan-15 17:31:25

Well we've had a couple of better nights - fx this is a phase that's coming to an end....

curlyLJ Sat 10-Jan-15 19:07:21

My DD is 9m and also on the brink of crawling. She is also pulling herself up. This week we have had some horrendous nights after a couple of weeks of being down to one wake-up. I am hoping it's developmental and that she will revert back once she's cracked the crawling. I feel your pain!

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