Why is my baby suddenly waking in the night?
Your baby’s sleep pattern may be affected by many things, such as illness, holidays, or changes in routine. There may also be developmental reasons why she was a great sleeper as a newborn but wakes frequently at night now that she’s over six months.
If your baby suddenly starts waking during the night, take a step back and evaluate things. Is it something to do with the conditions in her room? Has the weather changed so your baby is too cold or too hot during the night? Have the neighbours started leaving on an outdoor light that is shining into your baby’s bedroom? If so, add or remove an extra layer or put up a black-out blind and see if that helps to encourage deeper sleep.
Consider if her sudden night-time wakings follow a period of illness, or a holiday. Or do they coincide with a developmental change? If your baby has learned a new physical skill, such as crawling, she may want to try it out every chance she gets, even in the middle of the night! It may be that your baby can pull herself to standing, but not be able to get herself back down without help.
Coping with sudden night-time wakings after a period of good sleeping can be tough, but it won’t last forever. Try to keep to what has worked before. Don’t suddenly change your little one’s bedtime routine, or your usual method of getting her to sleep. Being consistent will help your baby return to sleeping through the night eventually.
If you’re not sure what is causing your little one’s disrupted sleep, or if nothing you do seems to help, ask your health visitor for advice and information.