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Hi there, we are now having issues with our now 9 month old

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Hi there, we are now having issues with our now 9 month old waking at 4.30am everyday...He is eating well during the day and has anywhere between 3-4hrs worth of naps per day....One mid morning , one midafternoon and a 30min cat nap around 5pm which sees him through until his 8pm bedtime.... It is never an issue to get him to sleep at 8pm, he goes down straight away its just this waking at 4.30am....he did sleep until 6am for a while (which was fine with us) but at 4.30 we go in and pick him up and he falls asleep on our shoulder straight away so he is still tired but doesn't want to be in his cot...Any suggestions on what we can do to get him back to a 6am wake up...Tired mummy and daddy....
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Louise Sivak, M.D. replied 5 years ago.
Hello, I understand your fatigue and frustration. Sleep issues are common in infants and toddlers and there is no one size fits all strategy that works. When did your son start not sleeping till 6.? Any new stresses in the house at that point? What have you tried to get him to sleep thru longer? Thanks,
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

he has been doing it on and off for about 2 weeks...some mornings he sleeps through and other mornings 4.20am on the parents are staying with us at the moment and he has had a cold this week which may have something to do with it...His bed time routine is always the same....we have tried controlled crying and he does not respond to that he just gets himself so worked up so the only way to get him to sleep longer is to pick him up to settle him down, wait 15mins or so until he is in a deep sleep then put him down......Not ideal but seems to be the only way he will keep sleeping..


Expert:  Louise Sivak, M.D. replied 5 years ago.

Thanks for the information. Having a cold and new people in the household are enough to change his routine, plus it is getting lighter earlier in the mornings.

A few things to try: Make sure he is put down for naps and bedtime awake not already asleep, so when he wakes up and someone is not right there he is not scared ; Try adjusting nap times a bit so he may be more (but not over-)tired at bedtime. ; Try feeding a bit more solids 1-2 hrs before bedtime.

Hope this helps, please post more questions as you have them, Best,

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