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Posted by: Lisa | 2007/04/26

Q.

baby waking at night

Hi My baby is 7 and a half months old. Since 6 months old she started waking at night. She does not want a bottle, she just cries and when you go to her and turn her over she sleeps again. This happens a couple of times a night. The trouble is I dont get any sleep. I wake up when she cries the first time at 2am, i comfort her and then i go back to bed. I lie there wide awake for at least 2 hours before I sleep again. I just fall asleep at 4am then she wakes the second time. This has been going on for 6 weeks and I have to work so no napping in the day. I feel like a zombie, please help. I am finding it difficult to function and am finding it difficult to consentrate ant work and as a result making mistakes. My boss doesnt seem too happy with me, pointing out mistakes.
Please help!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You are obviously very tired. Of course this is a passing phase with your little daughter who is getting used to the attention she gets when she wakes up at night. You could try the controlled crying method where you let her cry for longer and longer periods before you go to her. Each night you let her cry for a longer time than the previous night. This often helps to stop the problem as she may well fall asleep by herself again. By the way her Dad should also be helping here.

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Posted by: Leila | 2007/04/26

Lisa

Go read Question 912. Maybe that will answer you in some way.

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Posted by: Cindy | 2007/04/26

I empathise with you-my son has been doing exactly that since birth-15 months later, I'm a walking zombie-the exhaustion grows on you. I am still standing though, functioning in a top level management position. And I get no more than 4 hours sleep a night.

Sorry, this doesn't help you-just to let you know that you get used to it eventually.

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