DS suddenly are awake at 4am. He had an ear infection and was very unsettled till the antibiotics kicked in. He then slept throught he night for one night (as was his usual routine) and now wakes around 4am. He used to settle himself, but now starts crying and builds up to screaming, until he is picked up and taken out of the room. Nothing has changed in the room or with his routine before bedtime.
He has recently started crawling. At daycare there seems to be a similar issue with sleeping, as he will only sleep once a day, instead of his normal two sleeps. At night he is so tired that he falls asleep at 6pm.
I do not want to give him a bottle at 4am, as he never before had one during the night, but is it possible that he gets hungry now? He gets a relative big dinner with protein and carbs and his bottle, so I cannot think that he is hungry. And if I start with the bottle, he will be awake every morning at that time.
We have tried given him his teddy bear, but he is quiet for a few minutes and then throws it away and cries. And I do not want him to think that it is play time. We have also tried putting him in bed with us( wrong I know) once, but the crying did not stop.
I am up in arms at the moment, because both of us work full time and not sleeping properly is affecting the whole household. How do I teach him to sleep through again? Or is is just normal for babies to go through this?