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Baby is sleepy in the AM

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My 7mo will sleep at ~9PM to ~6:30AM. Then after about an hour, she’ll be sleepy again. So she wakes from that nap at ~8:30AM. Another hour goes by and she’s sleepy again! It’s ~9:30 and I spent the hour before that trying to figure out why she’s nonstop crying. I laid her down in her crib just so I can take a short break and now she fell asleep. Has anyone had this sort of problem? Am I doing something wrong? Help!

  • Mae
    Jun 01, 2018

    It might be because she isn’t getting enough sleep at night. My 10 month old still sleeps 12-13 hours a night. Have you tried putting her to bed earlier than 9? My daughter goes to bed at 7 pm and wakes up between 7 and 8 am. But if we put her to bed later than 7, she wakes up at the same time in the morning.

  • Lisa
    Jun 01, 2018

    Have you started solid foods yet? Could it be she is hungry? Or if breast feeding she may just need more than what is in the milk. I pump and my kids both needed rice cereal in their bottles for energy starting at 3 months

  • B
    Jun 01, 2018

    She’s not getting enough sleep. Either try an earlier bedtime, or it isn’t uncommon for an early morning nap still at that age if they wake up that early. Or both.

  • Daniela Gutierrez
    Jun 01, 2018

    My baby is 4 months and does this exact thing!

  • E
    Jun 01, 2018

    Yeah my assumption is she needs more sleep at night. Sometimes she sleeps at ~8:30PM.

  • E
    Jun 01, 2018

    Also she is already eating solids and I make sure she’s full at night! We don’t do night time feedings anymore.

  • Stacey
    Jun 01, 2018

    What is her afternoon nap schedule like? Is she still taking the short third nap in the later afternoon? If so it might be time to fade that so she can go to bed earlier. My other thought is is she able to self-soothe? She might be stirring before she’s ready to wake up from her early morning nap but she’s not able to get herself back to sleep even though she still needs a nap. My daughter was great during the night but it took us a long time to get her to sleep for more than 45 minutes to an hour at nap time for this reason.

  • B
    Jun 01, 2018

    My doc also said some kids just can’t go 13 hours without food that young. Maybe a bottle/feeding when she first wakes?

  • E
    Jun 01, 2018

    She hasn’t really mastered it, but she is able to self soothe. She usually wakes at either 5am or 6am then I nurse her. But then we get up and start the day because she seems alert. Maybe I should put her back down to finish sleeping some more? Sometimes she would sleep for 2-3hrs more after I nurse her at 5-6am

  • Anonymous
    Jun 01, 2018

    Try an earlier bed time! Closer to 7-8

  • Anonymous
    Jun 01, 2018

    Definitely keep the night atmosphere when nursing in the early morning! Keep quiet and dark and lay her back down right away, maybe she'll fall back asleep!

  • Stacey
    Jun 01, 2018

    I agree, treating the early morning feed like a night feed (quiet, dark room/don’t look her in the eyes, etc) is a good idea to try for a few days. You’ll know pretty quickly if you’re on the right track. Good luck!

  • E
    Jun 01, 2018

    My baby just went down and it's 7PM. I hope it goes well and I'll keep ya'll updated! Thank you everyone for the advice!

  • Erica
    Jun 02, 2018

    I agree with earlier bedtime! Also, my girl has never liked mornings so we always frontload our naps in the morning by having shorter wake periods in the morning and a bit longer in the afternoon.

  • E
    Jun 02, 2018

    Good news! Last night my baby slept at 7pm, woke up at 1am for a night time feeding then a morning feeding at 6am. Then she slept again til 8am! I noticed her mood was a lot better this morning and I definitely think her sleep had a lot to do with it. Thank you everyone again for the advice! Also my baby turns 8 months tomorrow!! 💕

  • Mae
    Jun 02, 2018

    I’m so glad that worked for you! Another thing you can do once you get in a routine with this sleep “schedule”, is you can dream feed her at 9 or 10 before you go to bed. My daughter goes down at 7, I dream feed her around XXX-XXXX and then she sleeps until 4. I feed her and put her back down, and she sleeps until 7-8. The only reason I’m suggesting this is it might cut down you having to wake up to 1 time instead of 2 ☺️ but if you find the way it went last night works for you, then keep doing that! Babies who have had the right amount of sleep are so much more pleasant 😅