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#1 of 6 Old 01-08-2010, 01:56 AM - Thread Starter
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I think I've read before that it's common for babies' sleep to get worse for a few days when they are just learning new things like crawling, walking, etc.
Is this true, or am I imagining that I read it before?

Ds usually wakes up 3 times a night to nurse. He nurses for 3 minutes or so, and rolls over and is back out. I move to my bed (sidecarred to his- he sleeps better without me beside him so he can roll over to get comfy), and he stays asleep for hours.
But the last few nights, his sleeping has been awful. I bet he hasn't slept a 2 hour stretch in 3 or 4 nights. Just yesterday was the first time he truly crawled, and he's been working on it all day today. Could this have anything to do with it?

He does have a tooth just starting to peek through- I guess it could be that as well.

I'm mostly curious about how common it is for babies to wake more frequently when on the verge of learning a new skill

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My DS's sleep was definitely worse just before learning to crawl. Now that he's not so excited about crawling, he's back down to just 2-3 night wakings again.

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I don't know for sure but it seems to be true for my DD. She is starting to walk and for the past few nights she has woken up about every 45 minutes. :yawning

She has also had some especially rough nights right before she cuts teeth too.
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totally a common reason for sleep regressions! Darn busy minds!

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oh dear lord yes... for my kids i knew instantly that they were on the verge of a new skill because their sleep went downhill.

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In the past 3 weeks, my son has learned how to sit up and crawl, and his first tooth has broken through in the past two days...needless to say, there hasn't been much sleep here.

The problem is that they learn so many new skills the first year and there are so many sleep pretty much sucks for a while.

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