Declan is almost 7 months old now. Even though he has been sleeping through the night since he was 8 weeks old, he is now waking up in the middle of the night again.
So why is that?! Why sometimes our babies are in a perfect routine and all of the sudden they are not?
Always get back to the basics.
5 questions I always like to ask myself if Declan is for some reason waking up in the middle of naps or if he is a little more fussy than usual are:
Is he well fed?
When you ask your self this question make sure that you think about all the feeding that day. Were you baby snacking during the feedings?
Was he not attentive? Or was he sleepy?
All these questions are very important. If you know your baby ate very well and should not be hungry at this time ask the second question.
Does he need to be changed?
Don’t think only about the diaper. Even though the diaper is very important also think about the clothes he is wearing and how cold or hot his bedroom is.
Is he well rested?
It doesn’t mean that because your baby just woke up from a nap that it means he is well rested. If your baby is overly tired he might wake himself up during naps. Always allow 10 – 15 minutes before getting your baby up from a nap if he woke up earlier than normal.
Usually, if Declan is not crying and seems content in his crib I allow him to just lay there until it is time for him to get up.
Is he safe?
This is a very important question. If you know for some reason your baby is not safe being by himself in his crib you should always go in there right away.
Could this be a growth spurt?
What is a growth spurt?
Babies usually go through several growth spurts during their first year. Growth spurt is when your baby for some reason needs more food than usual. It might be that they are growing physically or maybe they are developing in other areas.
Babies are most likely going through a growth spurt if they are advancing their skills. Such as rolling over, crawling, walking or even talking. Remember your baby is eating not only for their body but also for their brain.
What if I cannot produce enough milk for my baby during this time?
If you breastfeed your baby, your body will automatically know to produce more milk. If you are exclusively pumping my suggestion is to power pump whenever possible so that your body recognizes the need for more milk.
When does it happen?
The most common times for growth spurts are:
7 – 10 days
2 – 3 weeks
4 – 6 weeks
4 months (sleep regression) you can read about it here.
6 months (is he ready for solids?)
Some babies may vary during those times. This is just a guideline. If I were you I would write this down just to make sure you remember.
Sometimes you will not realize it is a growth spurt until it is over. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and not realize the signs.
How long does it last?
It can last 1 day or up to a week.
What should I do?
Follow what your baby needs, but also stay consistent with what you have been doing. Your baby will feel more hungry naturally, so feed him. However, pay attention so that your baby is not snacking every time he eats. You don’t want your baby to make snacking a habit.
Most important be patient
Not only with your baby but also with yourself. It can be easy to get frustrated since your baby can’t talk and most of the time you don’t know what is going on. As your baby grows it will be easy to figure it out what is going on.