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Mom’s Question:

My baby has never slept well, but now it is even worse. Right now, my 7-month-old wakes up every hour at night.

I don’t think he is hungry.

He already has four teeth, and I suspect another is coming through. I have given him Motrin and rubbed Orajel on his gums, but he STILL gets up every hour. I don’t think he’s hungry, cold, hot, etc.

What am I doing wrong?

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Tips When 7-Month-Old Wakes Up Every Hour

I don’t think you are doing anything wrong! Some babies get unsettled very easily and wake often. It is exhausting for you.

I know it is not much help, but he will grow out of it! Try to get a night where someone else is the person on baby duty so you get a decent night’s sleep. And make sure you nap in the day when he does if you can. You can also find other tips on how to maximize mom’s sleep here.

When Mom gets exhausted, we tend to get cranky, and of course, the baby picks up on that and gets worried and cries more!

If he is teething, then clearly you are doing all you can to help ease him through it, and lots of Mommy cuddles are really all they want. (But do check for more teething remedies here.)

Just a possibility though, my son ended up being intolerant to dairy products, and the formula he was on after I stopped breastfeeding made him uncomfortable, and contributed to his sleep problems. Made a huge difference when I switched to a soy formula. Learn more about the signs of lactose intolerance here.

The other thing, babies often have a headache! And when they lie down it hurts more. I have seen amazing changes in babies who have a couple of cranial osteopathy sessions. I don’t know if you have someone in your area who is specialized in working with babies, but it can make a huge difference for babies who don’t sleep well.

Finally, being 7 months old, he may also be waking up due to separation anxiety. (Read about 7-month baby milestones here.) If he is sleeping far away from you, consider moving his crib next to your bed, or even moving him into your bed, if you are open to co-sleeping. A teddy or small cloth smelling mom may also help.

Hang in there, and try to just be as calm as possible with him, if you are worried and stressed, he will be too!

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Dec 18, 2018Thanks
by: Natalie
Thank you for the comment and suggestions.
I work during the day, so napping when he naps is not an option.

Are there any other signs/symptoms to tell if he has a dairy intolerance?

I am stressed, but I also feel very guilty if I ask my husband for help. I wanted the baby more than he did, so I feel as though it is my responsibility. Don’t get me wrong- he loves our son, but I just don’t feel like I am able to ask him to take him for a night.

Dec 30, 2018I know what you’re going through
by: new mommy
My baby is almost 7 months old. Still no teeth yet and lately she has been waking up every hour. When she was younger, I could just put her in her bed and she would put herself to sleep. Then that stopped working so I’d give her a pacifier and she’d fall asleep right away.. Sometimes she’d wake up and I’d just put the pacifier again and she’d fall asleep. for the last week or two she’s fussy at bedtime, so I’d just cuddle her till she’s really sleepy and put her to bed.. but sometimes when she wakes up (which is a lot these days) the pacifier doesn’t always work right away.. she could start crying 5 minutes later… anyway, it is really tiring.. and I know what u mean by feeling guilty about letting your husband get up at night… I can’t ask him either.. but if anyone has any good tips about how I can get her to sleep better, please help

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  1. Darya Primakova

    I’m with you ladies. My 7-month-old is awake every 30-60 minutes throughout the night and it’s been this way for months already. I don’t even know how I’m surviving this still. He has a dairy intolerance, so we’ve switched him to a hypoallergenic formula, we incorporate probiotic drops into his formula, we give him prune juice to help with constipation, we give him reflux medication to help with reflux, we now apply sleepy essential oils to his feet before bed, we apply a natural ingredient orajel for his teething, we have him seeing a dietician, feeding therapist, and are now awaiting a referral to GI. It’s been the most exhausting season we’ve ever dealt with. I literally don’t know what else to do. Answers would help tremendously. Living on a prayer at this point.

    1. Paula @ EasyBabyLife

      Hi Darya,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles – it must be soo exhausting! It sounds like you are doing all you can already and hopefully, the GI can help you. 2 things that come to mind – have you tried to raise the head end of his bed? That could help for reflux. Also, are you sure he has dairy intolerance and not milk protein allergy? And in both these cases, have you tried different hypoallergenic formulas? For example, some are partially hydrolyzed, something that won’t work for babies with milk protein allergy.

      I truly hope you get help soon,