What would cause a 7 month old to wake up 2 hours after bedtime?

Recently my 7 month old has been waking up exactly 2 hours after going down for bed. Why is she doing this? Is she waking up after her first sleep cycle? Is she over tired? She normally wakes up 2 times a night and I breastfeed her. Now she’s waking up 3 times a night, with the first wake up exactly 2 hours after going down. I would really like her to drop this wake up and get back down to just the two! (and eventually one, and then none)

Sometimes early night wakings are caused by overtiredness and sometimes by undertiredness. Sleep associations could factor in too….. at 7 months is she still taking three naps and have those naps improved? Babies with three nice naps by 7 months often need 2-2.5 hours at the end of the day after nap #3 before bedtime for the best sleep consolidation. If she’s NOT taking that third nap and she dropped it, did you shift bedtime a bit earlier to compensate and help prevent accumulation of sleep deficit? Is she falling asleep on her own at bedtime so she knows how to do it again in the night?? Definitely some things to look at when evaluating why this might be happening! For babies who know how to fall asleep on their own, problems can often be solved by working on schedule!


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