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Why is DD2 awake for hours in the night?

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KeepSmiling83 Tue 08-Mar-16 02:30:34

DD2 is almost 11 months. She's never been a particularly great sleeper but she used to be awake a few times a night for her dummy. However over the past week she has started waking for long periods in the night. Tonight she went to bed at 7.30pm then woke at 1am and is still awake now (2.30am). Every time I go in she is standing up in her cot. I have tried rocking her and patting her but no luck and she is still in there rolling round and chatting. Have given teething powder, medicine, drink and changed nappy.

Any idea why I'm getting these long night wakings? She started nursery a couple of weeks ago when I went back to work and has had a cold but she doesn't seem sick now? She only had 2 x 1hr naps yesterday so don't think she's sleeping too much in the day.

Any ideas? I'm exhausted as I'm back at work FT and have an older DD too!

Pinkheart5915 Tue 08-Mar-16 02:39:49

My ds is only 6 months and I don't have any experience of this, but I am awake cos ds has some sort of virus and is awake and wants mummy.

Are the nursery letting her nap for longer than you would in the day?
Could she just me want attention? Adjusting to not seeing you in the day?
Is there any songs you could sing to make her sleep? With ds we sing take care of my baby or the clash Londons calling grandad is to blame for the clash and his asleep.

BastardGoDarkly Tue 08-Mar-16 03:44:08

Once you've changed her etc, can you not just leave her to roll around/stand up/ chatter to herself?

KeepSmiling83 Tue 08-Mar-16 07:15:14

We would normally let her sleep about 2.5/3 hrs in the day so it's not that she's having too much sleep in nursery. It could be that she's adjusting to nursery and wants to see me maybe.

I can't just leave her as after a few minutes she starts to get very loud and I don't want her to wake DD1 who is in reception and needs her sleep! Last night she was up just under 2 hours. I'm shattered today!

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 08-Mar-16 07:20:16

can you rearrange the sleeping arrangements fir a few days. put your older dd out the way.

if she's not crying she can be left and you going in us "playing" I think you need to just leave her to get bored and go to sleep again.

can you set up a bed in the dining room.or play room or somewhere where she won't hear the baby. and turn your monitor off as well. of she's hysterical. you will hear her

KeepSmiling83 Tue 08-Mar-16 18:10:25

I may be able to try that at the weekend as I could send DD1 to GP's for the night but not until then. I feel so ill at the moment so another night like last night fills me with dread!! Thanks for the suggestions.

trilbydoll Tue 08-Mar-16 18:15:00

DD1 used to do this at random, usually when naps had gone wrong and she thought bedtime = final nap. One of her little friends did it regularly, 4 times a week, I hope you don't have a similar child!

We used to bring dd in with us, sit her in between us, and doze. Not the same as being asleep but better than being properly up. She would "read" books until she got bored and bashed us with them!

Annarose2014 Tue 08-Mar-16 18:20:27

Sorry to tell you this but DS started this at 11 months and now at 15 months it's still happening.

We've tried everything. Nothing worked.

We've come to the conclusion that it's a phase he'll grow out of in time. It happens every 6 days or so at present but when it started was 10 nights in a row. Then every couple of nights and now it's tolerable as we get some sleep in between bad nights.

But it's always 2 hrs. Always. If we stay in there he just babbles happily for 2 hrs whereas if we don't he's up and down like a yo yo - and we are too!

So we put a comfy chair in there and a dressing gown and we just sit there and occasionally give him a pat if he needs it and lay him down if he gets up. We no longer get stressed about it and no longer put in much effort as it makes zero difference to be shhhing and rocking.

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