My daughter is 6 1/2 months old and she has been sleeping through the night for the last 3 1/2 months. She would only wake up in the middle of the night or early every now and then. For about the last month, she has been waking up 2-5 times per night crying. I dont have to do much to get her to fall back to sleep, I just rub her back and soothe her for a few mintues, and she falls back to sleep. The problem is she keeps doing it all night long. Has anyone else dealt with a similar issue around this age and if so, how long did it last. She is crawling and starting to pull herself up on things, but she is not walking or cruising yet. She still naps 2-3 hours during the day. We put her to bed around 8:30 and wake her up at 6:30 so she should be getting 10 hours of sleep per night. If we put her to bed any ealier than 8:30, she wakes up really early. We have to wake her up at 6:30 becuase my husband and I both work full-time. I have heard that babies start to practice standing in the middle of the night, but this is not the issue. I have never found her trying to pull herself up in the middle of the night. Any ideas about what may be causing her to wake up so frequently during the night?
This is very normal, and it is a phase. But, you going in to soothe her may increase her waking, as she might like you going in (I nurse, an I would see a similar patten if I gave in and nurse one night, soon he would wake several times a night to nurse).
Try to wait a minute or two before going in (making it a little longer every few times/days). She might settle on her own. If you do go in, make your encounter as brief as possible, until eventually you are giving a quiet shush from the doorway, and eventually she isn't waking any more - ideally.
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