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Are night wakings in infants other than those for feedings common and should the infant be helped to fall back asleep or left to 'cry it out'?

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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Pediatrician

Touch base with your pediatrician.
It's common, and reasons could include teething, increased need for food, etc. But if your baby was sleeping well, then maybe something else is going on.

In brief: Pediatrician

Touch base with your pediatrician.
It's common, and reasons could include teething, increased need for food, etc. But if your baby was sleeping well, then maybe something else is going on.
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Check also about deleting night feeds. Babies 6 mis. & up can be " trained night feeders." Falling asleep in his own bed is key .
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If healthy

Ask also about stopping night feeds if baby is 6 mos.
& up, to avoid " trained night feeding." have a consistent bedtime & bedtime routine, wipe out his mouth after the last feed, put him in his crib drowsy but awake. Then, when he night-wakes, everything is the same as when he fell asleep & he will self-calm more easily. Engaging with him when he night-wakes reinforces the behavior.

In brief: If healthy

Ask also about stopping night feeds if baby is 6 mos.
& up, to avoid " trained night feeding." have a consistent bedtime & bedtime routine, wipe out his mouth after the last feed, put him in his crib drowsy but awake. Then, when he night-wakes, everything is the same as when he fell asleep & he will self-calm more easily. Engaging with him when he night-wakes reinforces the behavior.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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