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Why is she not sleeping all night anymore??

My daughter was a great sleeper!! she slept all night 8-10hrs from 2months to 5 1/2 months! it was great we LOVED our sleep and thought oh we are so lucky! but now she wakes up every 4 hours. we give her a bottle and she goes right back to sleep! ive tried giving her another oz in the bottle but she wont eat that much. she was teething but now both teeth are in and she is just as happy as can be! i have a bed time routine and she goes to bed at the same time every night! in bed at 9pm up at 1am and 5am and then wide awake and ready to play at 8-9am! is there something i can do to get her to sleep all night or do we just have to wait it out?? Thanks!


Asked by Caroline2010 at 4:05 PM on Aug. 12, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It depends on how long it's been going on. It could have started out as a growth spurt, and she just got in a habit of waking for that bottle. If we start eating at a certain time, our bodies start expecting to get fed at that time. I would try comforting her back to sleep without the bottle for a few nights and see if it stops.

    Answer by missanc at 4:51 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • DD who is 18 months just started doing that, our thing is that DD is teething. you might want to check and see if your little one is as well.

    Answer by zoejains_momma at 4:07 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • First, 5 hours is considered a "sleep through". The VAST majority of babies wake every 3-4 hours on average for needed feeds and/or peeing. They wake more during growth spurts, teething, and new milestones. In the first year, sleep patterns change a lot and a baby may sleep a long stretch one week during a growth spurt and the next wake frequently. All normal. Sleep patterns don't really settle into a more mature pattern until age three or four. Some babies sleep a lot in the first half of the year, but end up waking more later. There is nothing "bad" about a baby that doesn't sleep long stretches of more than four to six hours...they aren't bad sleepers as some say. They are quite normal. It's actually we adults who have forgotten how to sleep effectively because we clock watch. Contrary to popular belief, when left alone and not forced to sleep when not tired, most babies sleep when tired and are efficient sleepers.

    Answer by amileegirl at 4:09 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • could be a growth spurt! My son recently changed his nap and bedtime schedule after many months of a predictable schedule. I noticed the other day, his shoe size changed out of nowhere.

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 4:10 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Growth spurt, or if she's fussy, possibly an ear infection.

    Answer by 4time-mom at 4:40 PM on Aug. 12, 2010