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Old 07-11-2022, 06:36 AM   #1
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Default 6 month old has gotten off sleep schedule

The little guy slept great through the night for most of his fifth month, but in the last two weeks, he's been up most nights except for one. We tried shortening his naps in the morning and afternoon, but that hasn't worked. We've also tried to allow him to correct it naturally (which he's been able to do before), but that hasn't worked, either.

Any ideas? Husband usually does overnight duties, but we gave them to paternal grandpa last night so we could have a break and sleep. LO didn't sleep for grandpa, either.
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Old 07-11-2022, 06:39 AM   #2
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I have never had a six month old sleep through the night consistently. I have heard good things about the No Cry Sleep Solution, though.
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Might be heat-related.

Or teething.

Is he crawling?
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Sleep isn't really linear. There will be changes through the next few years stemming from things like teething, developmental leaps, growth spurts, etc. That doesn't mean it isn't dreadfully hard to go from reliable sleep to interruptions through the night That's around the age I start co-sleeping with my first. If that's something you want to explore, several of us here can guide you towards ways to make it safe and also not keep you feeling trapped at bedtime.

Best ways to get a kiddo to sleep better naturally are lots of time outside and/or in the water, ime.

You may want to put them on a little potty at the first wakeup. Sometimes that bit of a breeze on their bottom is enough to stimulate them to pee and that will allow them to get back to sleep more deeply.
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Default Re: 6 month old has gotten off sleep schedule

Not crawling yet.

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Default Re: 6 month old has gotten off sleep schedule

yea my kids would do a bit of jumping around like that too. Sleeping well for a time then "revert" to lots of night wakefulness. It was usually due to a big change in their bodies (they are going through so much!) - teething is a huge culprit. Growth spurt which in turn causes a higher feeding need was another one....

When your ds is up at night is he crying? In pain? Hungry? Just up and want to play? I'd deal with these different cues differently.
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Default Re: 6 month old has gotten off sleep schedule

We got full empirical proof of teething yesterday -- blood from the mouth, yanking on the ears without a temp, and lots of fussing over pain. Poor little guy! He did sleep a little better last night. We're giving him Tylenol as indicated by his pediatrician.
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