D.P. asks from Torrance, CA on July 17, 2008
J.S. answers from Los Angeles on July 17, 2008
M.A. answers from Los Angeles on July 17, 2008
Funny, I just posted the same question. My 9 month old daughter is doing the same thing. I have a 4 year old son as well and his room is right next to hers so if I let her cry it will wake him up and there is nothing like a 4 year old with no sleep in the morning. :/
We are all supposed to be sleeping better by now but it is not happening in my house either. Good luck. Hope you get some good advice.
J.L. answers from San Diego on July 17, 2008
D., if you know there is really nothing wrong with her, then you don't want to be getting up with her, I know to a lot new mons this sounds mean, but what ends ip happining, is it becomes a habit, and she will automatically wake up and cry because she knows someone will come in, and prove to her that crying gets you what you want. If she has a nite in her room then put a sippy cup in the corner of her crib, she'll wake up have a drink and should go back to sleep. I always had a fish tank in my babies/kids room with blue lights, so I could check in on them when i would get up to go to the bathroom, there were times here and there where they seems to be restless, I sat in the rocking chair of their room and watch them,but did not get them up. J.
L.M. answers from San Diego on July 17, 2008
I had the same thing happen with my now 6 year old, he slept through the night by 10 weeks, then started waking up in the middle of the night. I also had a 5 year old at the time. I didn't want to let him cry it out and wake up my 5 year old. The pediatrician's advice was it would be better to have 3 or 4 nights of bad sleep than 3-4 years of it. Meaning, if I continued to let him come into bed with us, he may make a habit of it. At 7 months, it's much easier to break a habit of him waking up than at 12-24 months. It worked. I let him cry it out. From what I remember, he cried ~10 minutes the 1st night and it was less each night until he slept through the night again. It probably took ~ 4 nights. Again, since your daughter has already slept through the night, she has already established a good sleep habit. On the other hand, my oldest never slept on his own through the night until he was close to 2 because I would always bring him in bed with us. I tried letting cry it out at 18 months, it didn't work with him (I think partly because of his age, partly his personality). So, if you know that everything is ok, try the crying it out for a few nights and see what happens. Good Luck!
C.P. answers from San Diego on July 17, 2008
If it were me, I would try to NOT give her a bottle when she wakes up in the middle of the night like that. It will re-train her to continually keep waking up. If you don't tend to her, how long does she stay awake and what does she do? For a couple of nights I would leave her alone and see if she'll go back to sleep on her own. It could be that she is teething, so she is waking up but that bottle becomes a bonus for her. Pick her up if you need to and soothe her back to sleep.