Babies go through huge transitions in their first year and there are lots of variables that cause sleep disturbances. So, teething, sickness, vaccinations, developmental milestones such as learning to roll over and stand up can all contribute to sleep disturbances. And so, if you have a consistent response to a baby during this time, they will naturally slip back into their regular sleeping pattern.
It’s important though, to note, that from four months of age, your baby’s night sleep is actually started to become organised and they then start to do ninety minute sleep cycles. So, if your baby has been relying on you to do something to them to put them to sleep, like feeding them, rocking them, walking them, they then will start to wake up as they transition between the phases of sleep and they will expect you to come and do a variety of things to them to put them back to sleep. So, you can work on phasing out those associations if you have created this association, it can be anything really. If you’ve managed to foster that association you can gently work on phasing that out and making sure that your child is getting the right amount of consolidated sleep. So, you want it to be uninterrupted and unfragmented. As soon as they are physically capable of doing longer stretches of time, really without a feed.
The other element that might contribute to frequent night waking, maybe that they’re not getting enough sleep during the day. So, you need to make sure your baby is on an adequate day time sleep schedule that fits their age group as well and that can help diminish unnecessary night time wakings.