Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Jess says

    My 11 month old just started to sleep through the night with a little help on night weaning since I breastfeed. I noticed a tooth popping through and he’s suddenly back to waking every few hours. Nursing seems to calm him down. Am i ruining the hardwork if i resort back to nursing?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Jess – Thank you for writing to us! Teething can disrupt sleep for even the best sleepers, so hang in there as that tooth does it’s work! Calming you baby by nursing is a good thing if it helps soothe him! If you do continue to nurse when he wakes until that tooth erupts, you may want to work on putting him back to bed before he is asleep – so you do not pick up or revert back to old habits!
      Good luck Jess! Hope things smooth out soon!

  2. Victoria Waters says

    My 9.5 month old hasn’t got any teeth yet and has been drooling for some time, putting anything in his mouth etc! He’s just started crawling too.
    We start the bedtime routine at 6pm and he’s down by 7pm. Feeding him first, bath/change then read. Either whilst i’m reading or about an hour after going down (including when we give him baby ibuprofen) he wakes up screaming hysterically and he will often wake once or twice in the night, screaming again. I have even slept in his room and he still screams if I try to comfort or cuddle him. We don’t do a dreamfeed any more. He has 4 bottles a day (3 x 7oz and 1 x 8oz) with three solid meals in between.
    Could it be teething or could it be hunger at night?! He won’t take water in the night.
    He has two naps a day 1.5/2hrs each so I don’t think it can be overtiredness.
    I just don’t know what to do to calm him down for a better nights sleep! White noise doesn’t work either.
    I feel blessed as he’s such a happy boy in the day but I feel sad for him when he wakes up like this as he seems like he wants to be asleep but nothing can lull him back. Could it be teething and just that none of the meds I use work for him (gel, powders, liquid, ibuprofen) and will we just have to see what happens when he gets his teeth?! Thanks.

    • Nicole Johnson says

      @Victoria Welcome to our sleepy little village! I’m sorry to hear your 9 1/2 month old is waking a couple of times a night. It’s hard to say definitely what is waking him in the night, since it depends on how long he stays awake, what you have to do (if anything) to get him back to sleep, and how long this has been occurring. This is the type of analysis we do during a one-on-one sleep consultation when we review your full sleep history. I’m sure you’ve compared his formula intake to averages and that type of thing. Let me know if you are interested in getting a professional evaluation. Hang in there and good luck!

    • A mom of three says

      @victoria first off I have three children two toddlers and a 10 month old. I would definitely recommend a nighttime bottle some children just get hungry at night I learned that after my first so you should definitely try a bottle it won’t hurt to try mine still have a bottle and go right back to bed it works for me then they go on for another 6 hours straight. I hope this helps.

  3. Adeel shehzad says

    Thanks ! Glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful!?

  4. Kayla says

    My little boy is just 4 months old and teething. I am sure it’s his back teeth first. Meaning he is very very miserable. He keeps pulling at the one ear where his back gums are swollen. The concern I have is he is sleeping much more then usual not really walking for feeds. I rub ambesol on his gums every 3-4 hours and he also has calpol every 4 hours. Could this be why? Or is it due to teething? He has no temperature. But he does have a sore bum stuffy nose and dribbling a lot all signs of teething. But why is he sleeping so much?

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Kayla, Thank you for writing! I am sorry your son is teething so bad. 🙁 I have always had such a challenging time determining if my babies were teething or had a cold (or both!) because they are almost the exact same symptoms. Since I am not a medical professional, I would suggest if there is any concern about weight gain because of the missed feedings that you reach out to your child’s doctor and get their input. Some babies are able to sleep longer stretches at this age, so it could be a combination of being fatigued (from teething or a cold) and maybe you just have a really good sleeper! I hope he finds some relief soon! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  5. SOUL says

    my little girl is 10months old. its been 3 nights she wakes up in the middle of the night crying like she’s petrified, and then vomits.
    anyone has this problem? and what might the reason be

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Soul, Thank you for commenting – I am so sorry to hear that your daughter has been waking up like that the past few nights! I hope things have been better the last 2 nights since you initially posted. One thing to consider at her age is that separation anxiety can begin to show up in a big way if it hasn’t already so this is always a possibility that she is waking up and getting scared that you are no longer there. Here is an article with some tips on how to deal with this:
      The other thing to mention is that around this age their imagination is beginning to spark a little more, so some children do develop some fear of the dark. If this is continuing, you may try putting a night light in the room. This does not work for every kid (like my kids for instance would have nothing to do with a nightlight and it only made matters worse) so do what is best for you and your daughter. 🙂
      I hope things have gotten better for you! Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Caroline says

    Our 7 month old has consistently napped for 45 minutes 3 or 4 times a day since he was 3 months old or so. However recently he started teething (just got his 2nd tooth) and his naps have been anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, with the occasional 45 minute nap and the VERY rare hour nap. I put him down awake and he falls asleep on his own almost every time so I don’t think it’s a sleep prop issue… But I’m not sure what to do to get him some more/better rest during the day!

  7. Tiana says

    My baby use to sleep 6-8 hours a night up until three months old. She is now six months with two teeth and waking every 2 hours at night. I put her on my breast and she almost falls back asleep instantly, I think it’s comforting for her teeth. How can I make her sleep through the night again?

    • Jessica Diller says

      @Tiana, thank you for commenting. I am sorry to hear that your baby is having such trouble with sleep. Teething can be a big factor is sleep (or lack thereof), and we understand how difficult this can be for everyone in the household. I recommend reading this article about teething and sleep:

  8. Abby says

    My son is just over 3 months old and has most of the signs of teething. Just recently he has been falling asleep on my breast for day feeds. Is this normal/ok, or should I be waking him so he’s not undertired? I’m assuming this is comfort for him if he is in fact teething.

    Thanks in advance, Abby

    • Danielle says

      Hi Abby,
      Thanks for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource! It’s very common for babies under 4 months-old to fall asleep while eating, especially since babies this age are averaging 4-6 hours of daytime sleep. If your baby is getting enough milk and gaining weight appropriately, feel free not to worry about it too much. If he’s not gaining weight appropriately, or if you’d rather he didn’t fall asleep while eating, you can consider moving your feedings a little earlier in the routine. Many people like to feed right after naptime, for example, so that if he falls asleep while nursing before nap, you can still feel comfortable that he’s eaten enough. We do have a sample 3 month-old schedule here, to help:
      I hope this helps, but please get in touch if you have any other questions!

  9. patience soetan says

    thank you for helping me out.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ patience soetan – sure thing! Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  10. Alice says

    DS (15mos) had been sleeping through the night like a champ after using a lot of the advice on this site, then… He has been sick 3 times in the last 3 months, still pretty ok… Then he started to transition to one nap, still doing pretty well, some noise at night, but not bad and napping well… Now he is on a race to cut one of the 6 teeth that I can see causing his gums to swell. He has been up every night for at least a week, and I’ve had to go in to comfort him the last 4 nights in a row (around 5 hrs after he went to bed, independent of giving Tylenol or not). We usu do CIO (cuz gentler methods just didn’t work for him, he’s highly perceptive and doesn’t deal well with me being in the room on a normal basis), but the last 2 nights he would fuss and/ or cry for 15-20 mins around 12-3 am, which I consider to mean that he won’t/ can’t calm himself. The other night the only way to calm him was to co-sleep in his room, and he was still up at his sleep transitions for a couple of hours. Ack! I just hope he goes back to his normal routine after these suckers come through!

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Alice – oh, this sounds so tough!! It really does sound like you are focused on offering comfort while still maintaining good sleeping habits, which is awesome. I’d say just keep doing what you’re doing, and trust that this too shall pass! Of course, when it does pass, you may run smack into the 18 month sleep regression, but hey – maybe it’s best to just take it one day at a time. 😉

      Thanks for commenting, Alice – and best of luck to you! We’re always here if you have further questions.