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Christine K.
Krystle V.
Tracy F.
Elizabeth B.
Lisa A.

Separation anxiety?

Christine K. 4 years ago

We had a 2-week spell of fantastic sleep with our 6 month old. Now, he wakes at 5am and won't go back to sleep and cries sadly as he sees me step away from his crib. We started weaning him to 75% bottle feeds and started a 14 hr/week nanny last week. Perhaps too much at once? Thoughts, anyone?

Krystle V.
Krystle V. 4 years ago

could be a growth spurt!

Christine K.
Christine K. 4 years ago

That sounds highly likely. So, do you do the sleep ez method and would you continue that during this phase? Thanks!

Tracy F.
Tracy F. 4 years ago

Growth spurts, developmental periods and transitions like to bottle/caregiver can all cause wake ups.    6 months is a typical time to see sleep regression.  We had a good stretch from 4 months to 6 months and then major sleep issues at 6 months.   Does he go right back to sleep if you feed him (more likely growth spurt) or soothe him (transition stuff).  When they are going through developmental milestones usually there isn't much you can do to get them back to sleep but it typically only lasts about 2 weeks.   Can you move him to swing or rocker or something else that he likes where he will be amused and safe while you sleep?

Christine K.
Christine K. 4 years ago

So, maybe it is transition stuff... I just keep moving him till he seems to ready to fall asleep. As you know, some days are better than others... Thank you for all the feedback and reassurance!

Elizabeth B.
Elizabeth B. 4 years ago

That's one of the hard things.  Just when you think you have it down and things are going well, they change!   The first year plus is definitely a roller coaster as they go through so many changes.   We found staying flexible kept us sane.  Though always try to keep a consistent bedtime routine.  

Christine K.
Christine K. 4 years ago

So true!!! Thanks, Elizabeth. That's probably the only thing that we've been able to stay consistent with. 


Right now, I'm watching him get upset that he can't scoot far enough and fast enough to get where he wants to go...must stay amused...

Lisa A.
Lisa A. 4 years ago

Sounds like a lot of transitions. But maybe you can rule out light! Is his room completely dark at that time? Our little one had the same thing happen to her around 6 months and we realized it was the slightest bit of light from outside that was waking her. We made blackout curtains and ever since then, she sleeps almost always til 6:30 or 7. Perhaps it's worth a try!!!

Tracy F.
Tracy F. 4 years ago

That's a good point.  Sometimes even the smallest thing in their environment starts to bother them as they become more aware of their surroundings. 

Krystle V.
Krystle V. 4 years ago

Blackout shades are the best :)