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#1 Elly_Bells

Posted 18 September 2019 - 02:49 PM

I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this!

I have a nearly-12 month old DD. She is a reasonable sleeper, but cannot seem to transition from one sleep cycle to the next, day or night, without crying. Usually it's only for 15 seconds or so then she puts herself back to sleep. About 50% of the time at night she will continue and needs someone to go in and settle her. The problem is it wakes the whole household so everyone gets interrupted sleep.

Has anyone experienced this or have any suggestions? Tia.

#2 alfoil hat

Posted 18 September 2019 - 03:51 PM

It’s common with overtiredness. Could this be a possibility?

ETA is it every sleep cycle ever? Or more at the start of the night, less at the end? What times does she sleep and for how long?

Edited by alfoil hat, 18 September 2019 - 03:52 PM.


#3 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 18 September 2019 - 05:16 PM

Could it be habit?  and Why is it waking everyone? is it a little cry or a scream?

Kids can have the strangest sleep-associations.  My son head bangs his pillow, at around 1 year old, it became so forceful the noise of it would wake us up.  Solution was to turn off the baby monitor and close his door.

Could you close her off a bit more so she doesn't wake everyone? A really big upset cry can generally be heard through walls, so you can still go in when it escalates. but if its just her way of falling asleep again, you can leave her to it.

Or try and swap the association, as soon as she cries, hand her a teddy, or toy, or something she can use in bed.

Only thinking this way because she is nearly 1, and thats when they can generally put themselves back to sleep, and get attached to teddies and things.

#4 Elly_Bells

Posted 18 September 2019 - 05:59 PM

Thanks for the replies.
I guess echoey house means everyone hears her when she cries - she can be loud when she wants to be. She has a cuddly toy but isn't really that fussed with it.

alfoil hat - she has a 40 min nap in the morning, usually 1.5 hrs in the afternoon with crying between each cycle. Bed at 7pm, and the crying can be throughout the night or sometimes starts around midnight. I guess tiredness is a possibility. Does it sound like she's not having enough sleep?

#5 alfoil hat

Posted 19 September 2019 - 11:51 AM

What times are her naps and what time does she wake up in the morning?

#6 Jenflea

Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:19 PM

Would it be worth trying to drop the morning nap and have one LONG nap in the middle of the day? And an earlier bedtime of about 6 pm if possible?

#7 lalalove

Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:22 PM

Every baby is different but I would suggest she is overtired. I would bring bedtime forward. Seven is quite late for that age, particularly if her sleep is so interrupted both day and night.

#8 Elly_Bells

Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:48 PM

View Postalfoil hat, on 19 September 2019 - 11:51 AM, said:

What times are her naps and what time does she wake up in the morning?
Wake up in the morning - has been 6.30ish lately.

Morning nap about 9.15 - 10

Afternoon nap 1/1.30 - 2.30/3.00

We have to work around school pick ups which is tricky.

Edited by Elly_Bells, 19 September 2019 - 12:49 PM.


#9 lalalove

Posted 19 September 2019 - 01:57 PM

I'd definitely be getting her in to bed earlier. Maybe try 6pm?

#10 alfoil hat

Posted 19 September 2019 - 05:50 PM

View Postlalalove, on 19 September 2019 - 01:57 PM, said:

I'd definitely be getting her in to bed earlier. Maybe try 6pm?

Yeah I’d try this too. You may find the cries transition to the start of the night for a few nights and away from the end of the night as she gets less tired, then with any luck they will go altogether!




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