Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Wendy | 2010-08-12

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1 year old waking up during the night

My 1 year old has this new thing of waking up during the night. He''s not wet, not teething, not sick, not hungry and his room isn''t cold. I''ve tried everything...the only thing that works is when he is picked up and shushed. And that usually ends up with him sleeping in bed with me and hubby as it takes baby some time to fall into a deep sleep. I don''t want to sound like a monster, but i''m afraid that it can be habit-forming - what can i do?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

I can assure you that this is habit forming and the habit has already formed.Your baby son's aim is to get into your bed.So every night at more or less the same time he wakes up for his performance and he soon has an audience.
As you say he is not hungry or teething, not wet and is nice and warm so there is nothing that is keeping him from sleeping. The only way out of this,if you want this to stop, is to go through the contolled crying method. This is very hard on the nerves but it should work in the end.

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Posted by: ffff | 2010-08-25

Well said Neiras, feel the same...

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Posted by: Neiras | 2010-08-12

Oh yes it''s habit-forming! My boy is 18 months and we are in that habit! He sleeps in his own bed, gets up and walk to us where either me or my hubby will get up and lay with him.
But I''m a working mother and any time that I can spend extra with my boy is precious to me.
Am I a bad mother for choosing to do it that way? Well as I see it, when he is a teenager and still gets up to get one of us to sleep with him... then we have a problem.

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