Regardless of whether falling asleep before bedtime or waking up suddenly during the night becomes an issue, sudden sleep problems are common even for the best sleepers.

Starting from 6 months, separation anxiety can cause babies to wake up crying more than once during the night. Don’t be surprised if your anxious baby does this and only wants to be with you or your partner.

Other common causes of nighttime awakening in better sleep patterns include illness or developmental spike. In these cases, in addition to controlling her fever or treating her throat, there are several ways to control the earache that is bothering your sick baby.

Firstly, make sure that your little baby gets enough sleep overall. It may not seem important, but the less babies sleep, the more trouble they have going to sleep before bed and falling asleep during the night. Therefore, make an effort to put your baby down for naps during the day and ensure they go to sleep at a reasonable hour in the evenings.

When your baby wakes up during the night, you need to be calming and soothing, but not boring. Let him/her know that everything is fine, but show him/her that it is time to go to sleep. Stay with him until he calms down, but minimise talking and dim the lights. It may take more than one night, or even a few weeks, but the closer you are to your baby’s regular sleep pattern, the sooner the problem will be resolved.

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