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    Default 6 mo DD won't self settle during night anymore :(

    My 6 mo used to self settle during the night. She never did it during the day or the very first time she was put to bed, but for some reason did it during the night .... until four nights ago she has done a backflip and is sleeping terribly - and will not self settle at all!

    We have been through periods where she woke up to 4 times a night but I was able to cope as all I had to do was feed her, burp her and put her back down. Now she just screams. She had her immunisations last week, she could also be teething and I think she may be going through a bit of separation anxiety.

    I intend to try again tonight to see if she'll fall asleep on her own but I'll probably end up rocking her to sleep (again!) or bringing her into bed with us (which I really don't want to do as I can't sleep with her in bed!). I'm worried about letting her cry too much as (a) I can't do the CIO technique and I'm not knocking anyone that does (I'm just a big softie and it breaks my heart to hear her cry) and (b) we have another LO that we don't want to wake up.

    Has anyone else gone through this and did their LO eventually go back to normal - and if so, what did you do to help this? Were you consistently putting them to bed to self settle or did you give them lots of cuddles until they got through their fussy period? I think we've been through a Wonder Week recently so I can't blame that either!

    Any suggestions would be gratefully received! Thanks in advance!

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    If you have eliminated the usual reasons for waking & crying: hunger/pain/temperature etc then I would just help her get back to sleep and hope that its a phase and passes soon.

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    Hey mate, it's completely normal! Most 6 months old babies aren't capable of self settling, and most would be breastfed back to sleep multiple times throughout the night at that age. Just keep doing what you're doing and things will settle again as she gets older.

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    I am having similar problems with my 7 month DD, and have been for the past month. So far hasn't gotten better, but worse: now not only does she wake 4-5 times a night, but at around 2am she wakes and wants to play for an hour or two. Doesn't want to sleep during the day. Now she is overtired, as she is not getting a full nights sllep like she used to, making it even harder to get to sleep. Its a bit ofa vicious cycle.... She seems to have lost an ability to self settle. I spend a great deal of time rocking her to sleep, day and night. She has her two bottom teeth coming through, so that is making it worse. I have no suggestions - merely sympathy. We are going to try sleep school

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    If your bub has been fed/patted back to sleep up until now (up to 4 times per night?) that's not self settling. It's using sleep aids to solve a sleep problem.

    Has anything changed? Without knowing the specifics below is some general advice:
    - temperature: ensure bedding is appropriate for the temp. The easiest way to do this is to use grobags/grobag guidelines and to have a heater/cooler to keep the temp consistent
    - hunger: could bub be waking out of hunger? At 6 months bub could be needing more solids. Protein(meat) can help fill bub up.
    - teeth: if this is an issue there's not much you can do except comfort bub and try nurofen. If bub wakes try to make as little fuss as possible (no eye contact/talking/lights).
    - don't pat/rock/feed bub to sleep at the start of the night (or anytime). Or use a dummy. If bub moves through a sleep cycle changeover and the sleep aid isn't there anymore bub can get upset and wake up.

    Good luck

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    You were very lucky that your bubs was self settling, it's very unusual at that age. It all sounds pretty normal to me. I agree with what Caz Has Kids says. It's absolutely fine to pat/rock/feed to sleep at that age.


 

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