Re: Sleep Sleep Sleep....8 month old waking frequently at night
Welcome to the forum! I'm sorry you're not getting much sleep. BTDT, and man, it stinks! Big changes in waking frequency are normal throughout the first year. Some babies, like your first baby, are easy, and eventually stop waking much at night. Others will increase their frequency of night-waking, particularly when they are teething, mastering a new developmental milestone, or when they don't feel well. (Ear infections in particular can lead to interrupted sleep.)
So, what can you do? Well, you could ignore your instincts and your mama-heart and allow your baby to CIO. It's an unpleasant solution to the problem, and not one that is gauranteed to work. If your baby is waking because she doesn't feel well or her teeth hurt, CIO is a big burden to place on her. Or you could roll with this for a while, and see if things improve. Maybe once she pops a few teeth, she'll go back to her previous easy pattern of night-waking. I personally suggest reading Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" for some gentle techniques which may help you get your baby to sleep longer and more independently without resorting to harsh CIO methods.
One thing I encourage you not to do is to let people and their opinions get you down. It's very easy for someone who is not your child's parent, and whose heart doesn't break when your child cries, and who isn't in your house at night, to say "Oh, it's easy, just CIO.". It's easy for them. That doesn't mean it's right for you.
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