Sounds like a sleep regression due to sleep development - baby wants to babble instead of sleep!! The usual suggestion is to try to ignore it if he’s not upset so you don’t start creating sleep crutches by going in and helping him. How long does he stay up for at a time?? How much sleep is he actually getting overnight?
@Selena @Shelby Thanks for the suggestions! Split nights is actually caused by going to bed too early or sleeping too long during the day, not a lack of sleep or being overtired. Baby isn’t showing hunger or tired cues when he wakes up in the middle of the night, he’s just up and wants to talk/play. Just trying to find the sweet spot for nap length and bedtime :)
Also agree with the comment before me, maybe move bed time up an hour so the last wake window is only 3hrs instead of 4
I would try to move the feedings around so that the “dream feed” is maybe an hour after falling asleep My pediatrician said to have solids 1x a day at 6mo, 2x a day at 9mo & 3x a day at 12mo Maybe cut out a solids feeding and offer a smaller bottle as a dream feed after an hour or two of sleeping so he stays full and sleepy My girl nurses to sleep and dream feeds an hour-2 after falling asleep and does really good through the night
There might be some sleep associations at play too like nursing or rocking to sleep that he is getting up for as well. Whatever way a baby goes to bed is what they expect when they transition between cycles / wake up momentarily. If you put baby down awake and they go to sleep independently, they are more likely to sleep through the night.