"My 3rd child is going through something I haven't experienced before.
She was only getting up once or twice in the night, but now at 10 months she is fighting sleep and naps, and wakes every 45 minutes at night. We've heard that it might be because she's learning new things or I may need to feed her more before bed. She is genuinely hungry very often, and feeding her different foods doesn't help. We are so sleepy we can barely function. Help!" -KreitzInKansas
Here are Dr. Jen's sleep through the night tips
First, I’d check in her mouth and see if she’s teething. This is a common reason for babies at this age to have a new sleep pattern. Baby teeth traditionally start coming in between six months to one year of age — give or take a few months on either end. As new teeth erupt, there is minor inflammation of the gum tissue that causes pain and even a low-grade fever (less than 101°F). You can help alleviate this discomfort by letting your baby gnaw on something cold and/or textured, or talk with your pediatrician about possible medication for pain relief (some doctors feel differently about this than others).
If she is not teething, I’d encourage you to push her last feeding until an hour or so before bedtime and then (brace yourself) let her cry it out. You were lucky with your last two children in that they did not have the kind of wakening episodes your youngest is going through. Ignoring the middle of the night cry is hard for most parents to do, bu it's effective - once your baby has demonstrated that she can sleep through the night. You may want to consider coming in to check if she’s ok, and then leaving and not coming back again. Eventually, she’ll get tired! And you’ll be less tired! Good luck.
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