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11m ds either has nightmares or night terrors every night....

he goes to bed lately at 8pm, wakes up crying about an hour later. around 11pm he normally wakes screaming. he doesn't like being picked up (during these times) and sometimes he absolutely can not be in certain positions. the other night he had to be sitting up, he couldn't get himself to lay down. this has been going on ever since he figured out how to roll and climb in his crib. ever since he's found he likes sleeping on his belly. no pillows, no blankies. i even turned the heat up in the house and dress him warm so he doesn't get tangled in a blanket. he's used a blanket since the moment he came home and a pillow for the last 7m due to reflux and colds. his best time of sleep is usually from 11:45pm to 2:30am. he's slept through the night mostly since he was born. he's recently dropped the early nap and turned a 2 hour nap in the afternoon to a 20min nap.. i've tried putting him down and it doesn't work. help?!

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Asked by Marri357 at 2:46 PM on Oct. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I am convinced that temperature is related to nightmares. Is he sweating when he's screaming? Try making him cooler.

    Answer by onethentwins at 2:49 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

  • Sometimes during rapid developmental or physical growth spurts their sleep can be disturbed. Mine went through this as well at this age. Ride it out it should soon pass. If it doesn't consult your pediatrician.

    Answer by FuzNet at 2:52 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

  • my son went through the same thing around a year and was uber sensitive to certain positions. he wouldn't stretch out his legs at all. his pedi said it could be a growth spurt and he grew out of it after a few weeks. i would just rub his back (unless it made him scream louder and he'd roll away) and wait for him to calm down. in the morning he was totally fine and the pedi said it was probably harder on me than it was on him.

    Answer by erinwhitt at 2:56 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

  • Honestly, I think it's a bit early for nightmares yet. Maybe he's too hot. Babies should sleep in temps around 70 degrees, any warmer and they will get too hot. Dress him warmly, like in a light footed pj, but don't turn the heat up too much. Blankets aren't really neccessary if he's got long footies on, and it covers his arms as well. About the waking in the night, check w/ your doc on that one. He may have something else going on. Nightmares usually start around 3. GL

    Answer by MamaMelMel at 3:15 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

  • he's had nightmares since around 3m. there is simply no other explanation for how he wakes up. i've read up on nightmares and night terrors and found that they usually start around age 1 but can start at any time. for bed he gets a onsie and pj's usually with footies. however, in my reading i found that some times the restriction from the footies can help cause nightmares and terrors. i'm gonna try that and see how it works tonight. for the first time in 2 weeks he had an hour long early nap... just wearing a shorts body suit.

    Comment by Marri357 (original poster) at 4:02 PM on Oct. 8, 2010

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