My 9 month old has been waking 3 times per night for several weeks now. I do not want to reestablish the habit of night feedings but that seems to be the only way to soothe him back to sleep. I have tried letting him soothe himself but that isn't working. Why could he be waking and what can I do to make it stop?
I have twins that are still waking several times per night and they are 18 months now. We've spoke with different pediatricians and there are several causes (besides being hungry) like growing teeth, bad dreams, feeling the need to be close to the parents, etc.
You can't do too much besides waiting for this period to finish. It's pretty hard to predict when this will be as babies are very different.
My son had the same problem and my doctor said once you cave in and feed him, he's now learned that he can get fed at all hours of the night. She said he does NOT need food during the night, and that letting him self-soothe is the best option. It will work eventually. But you will likely say it "doesn't work" if you have a low personal tolerance for crying and only wait a short time.