Hi everyone - I don't know why I haven't asked this here sooner as this has been going on for at least 8 weeks, maybe even longer than that. My 8 1/2 month old son goes to sleep at night without any trouble. Our routine goes like this: bath, put on pj's while singing special song, nurse to sleep and transfer to crib in our room around 7 pm, transfer into our bed when we hit the sack around 10. He is an easy happy baby and all of this goes extremely well even when there are variations - except that every single night without exception for months now, he wakes up screaming bloody murder around 9 pm. Almost every night it is very easy to comfort him back to sleep within 10-15 mins, sometimes he needs to nurse back down, rarely he is wide awake and then stays up with us till we go to bed.
Because we can comfort him so easily and he is right back to his happy sleepy self, this is not a bother at all. But it breaks my heart to see him so upset. The crying is at the top of his lungs and it is a sad, frightened sound, not a pain cry. He doesn't do this after naps in the crib or family bed and all other wake ups (day and night) are perfectly pleasant and happy. I find it amazing that this happens like clockwork every day.
For what it's worth, he is EBF and starting BLW. What he eats or doesn't eat during the day seems to have no effect. Nor does it seem to coincide with a wet or dirty diaper or any other external factors that I can figure.
I've been told that babies don't dream but it really sounds like he is waking up from a nightmare. Could that be it? Do you have any other ideas? Any advice on how to prevent this would be much appreciated!
Thanks everyone and hope you're having a great day!
Happy mumma to my boys Henny Tom (Nov 30, 2008), Arlo Odie (Oct 5, 2010), and baby SISTER! due mid-Dec 2014.