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Frequent night waking at 6 months Rss

Hi, My DS is 6 months old and has been sleeping through the night since he was 14 weeks old without stiring. In the last 6 weeks or so he has been waking frequently overnight, some times hourly and is resettled by putting his dummy back in. although it is quick to resettle him, getting up every hour is getting exhausting. I have tried letting him have a little cry, but this makes no difference and he only gets more cranky.

I thought he was teething and it appeared that his teeth were finally coming through as there was a little white lump on his bottom gum,red cheeks and chewing on everything in sight but after 5 days it disappeared? Now i'm unsure what the issue is and how to fix it! Any ideas would be appreciated


Hi, your story sounds so familiar to me, my 7 1/2 month old is doing the same thing mine seems to just start moaning and groaning and if i dont get to him and put his dummy in his mouth( which will put him back to sleep) he gets louder and louder. I have tried letting him settle himself back to sleep but doesnt seem to work. Ive placed the same question with the sleep expert on this website on monday so keep a look out under the help panel, she could answer both our questions because it is getting very exhausting.
Yes your story is too familiar - i have much sympathy for you, thanks so much for you response i will keep my eye out for your question on the help panel.
Casey
Hi ladies,

I haven't had this particular problem myself, but I expect the advice you'll get will be either A) teach/allow your baby to self-settle without the dummy (either using a CC or a more gentle method), or cool ride it out until your baby figures out how to replace the dummy his/her self (someone on here said that happens around the 8-month mark I think). I've heard other mums say they keep half a dozen or so in the cot so there's always one close at hand.

K.
Hi, this is so familiar to me too. Our boy is almost 7 months and has been waking at night for a little while now, after sleeping through previously. I believed he had developed a bad sleep association with the dummy so stopped him going to sleep with it. Some nights he will eventually put himself back to sleep but sometimes we can't put up with the moaning and groaning any longer and give in and give him the dummy. I follow the Contented Baby routines and Weaning guide so have ordered the Contented baby sleep book and am waiting for it to arrive. I hope to find something in the book to help, so will let you know.
I find the answers given by the sleep expert here always point at buying their book to get any real info.
I know I haven't helped but at least you know you're not alone, and hopefully there is help for us out there somewhere.
It is good to know that i'm not the only one, i think it feels worse because i know he can sleep through as he'd previously done it - and just don't get what changed. I'm thinking the dummy needs go, but am scared to do it!
I might have to look into the book you've ordered, i am open to anything that may help.
Goodluck with your boy, i hope you have some success soon and get some well earned rest - then let me know how to do it smile
Hi, this is so familiar to me too. Our boy is almost 7 months and has been waking at night for a little while now, after sleeping through previously. I believed he had developed a bad sleep association with the dummy so stopped him going to sleep with it. Some nights he will eventually put himself back to sleep but sometimes we can't put up with the moaning and groaning any longer and give in and give him the dummy. I follow the Contented Baby routines and Weaning guide so have ordered the Contented baby sleep book and am waiting for it to arrive. I hope to find something in the book to help, so will let you know.
I find the answers given by the sleep expert here always point at buying their book to get any real info.
I know I haven't helped but at least you know you're not alone, and hopefully there is help for us out there somewhere.
Hi,

Speaking from experience, just because a baby has "slept through" the night doesn't mean that they will never wake in the night again and need help to resettle. How you approach this, as parents, is entirely up to you. Personally I abhor any method that leaves you baby to cry it out, even though we did it with DS1.

After much research after the fact, it wasn't something we were happy to do ever again. When DS2 was 13 months old, after a particularly bad stretch of sleep I read Elizabeth Pantley's No Cry Sleep Solution....saved our sanity and in our case it was so simple I'm surprised we never thought of trying it before! She advocates gentle methods to help your children fall/stay asleep without the crying, though it's not a quick fix, which she explains. She gives tips for getting rid of sleep associations you aren't happy with, be that feeding/rocking to sleep, dummies, mum/dad in the room, etc. Her website can be found here and might be a good place to start looking.

Good luck! But you're not alone and he's not doing anything "abnormal", even if he's slept better in the past.


woops sorry about my double reply.
I do understand that just because he has "slept through" previously that he will never wake during the night again, and I know that night waking is not "abnormal", but I do think that needing to be resettled 1/2 hourly to hourly overnight is quite challenging and abnormal for my child.
Thankyou for the book suggestion, I will look into it
Sounds very similar to my 6 month old son. In my case, even the dummy won't work, patting works 50% of the time and the other 50% I have to breastfeed him. He does however sleep without a peep from about 5-8 in the morning. He also falls asleep all by himself in his cot during the day and stays asleep for about an hour. Its only at night that he refuses to self-settle and wakes every hour or two. Not sure if he's scared of the dark?
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