Poll Discussion: Witching Hour

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If your baby had witching hour, then I am sure you remember wondering things like, “When will this end?” “WILL this end?” “What can I do to help my baby?” It can be a very disconcerting experience to have your baby essentially inconsolable and for no obvious reason. And so, a poll on the topic can definitely serve to add comfort to future parents who have a baby with witching hour. 

 

It is very helpful for me when compiling answers if you at least number the answers you give. You can also copy the questions and answer them. If the question does not apply to you, simply put “N/A.”

 

  1. At what age did your baby start having witching hour?
  2. At what age did witching hour go away?
  3. What hour/hours of the day did baby have witching hour?
  4. Did anything help keep your baby content during witching hour? 
  5. Any advice for parents experiencing witching hour?

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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6 Comments

  1. Titus 2 Student
    August 12, 2015 / 1:28 PM

    1. It started around 1 month.2. It ended right at 4 months.3. It lasted from about 6:30 to 10:30pm (then she crashed and STTN after what was supposed to be dream feed time).4. Holding her while reading, trying some cluster feeding, wearing her while doing dishes or tidying up for the evening, and sometimes the swing for brief periods all seemed to be what we cycled through doing. Thankfully my husband came home during this period and was able to relieve me a lot after that.5. It helped me to remember it had to end eventually and I kept 4 months in sight a lot as a point to reach since I'd heard so often it resolved itself for many families then (which it sure enough did for us!). It helped to remember that other parents around the world were dealing with the same thing right then. I also enjoyed leaving the house with her sometimes during this time since she wasn't sleeping anyway just to kind of change scenery (girls night out, grocery store, etc)…it seemed like she just wanted to be with people at that time. She was an amazing napper all day and slept through the night very early, and I almost wonder if she partly just really wanted some more social time? I know she was overtired during that time period, but I wondered if that might be a small factor.

  2. me
    August 12, 2015 / 5:11 PM

    At what age did your baby start having witching hour?Right in the first week of her life. She was 2 weeks overdue, maybe we missed that "honeymoon period" 🙂 At what age did witching hour go away?3 months What hour/hours of the day did baby have witching hour?Basically anything after the second nap. So from 3-4 pm on she had a rough time till bedtime and always had trouble going to sleep at night too. Sometimes she'd take her 3rd nap without trouble but never the 4th. Did anything help keep your baby content during witching hour? I would wear her in a baby sling for her last nap. I'd push my toddler in the stroller and go for a walk or something. It was a lifesaver. As an interesting sidenote, I have loved having my baby used to sleeping in the sling from birth. She slept in her bed the majority of the time, and still does now, when we're home. But if we're out and about and can't be home for naptime, like Sunday in church, she will still sleep in my sling (14 months old now). It is very convenient. The other MAJOR game changer for me was cutting out all chocolate. Once I did that, the inconsolable screaming went away. It was a huge improvement. From research I found that it's the theobromine in chocolate that a lot of babies can't handle? Mine sure couldn't. Even a little piece… it was tough for me 😉 but helps with the baby weight 😉 Any advice for parents experiencing witching hour?Hang in there. Don't be afraid to try different things. If your baby does 2 naps a day in her bed then I feel like she's still learning to sleep there and you can try different things if the last nap isn't working. Seems to me like babies go through so many stages of sleep training. If you don't do everything according to the book those first 3 months, it really doesn't mean that you blew it for good. There will be lots of other chances. Don't be so "strict" that you will regret it later. I don't regret any of those times I snuggled my baby in my sling and she's a great bed napper now. Don't stress about it.

  3. Stephanie Burnham
    August 13, 2015 / 11:59 AM

    My baby started witching hour around 4 weeks and it stopped around 8/9 weeks. I would do the 5 S's from Happiest Baby on the Block or just feed her. Hers only lasted from 7-730 or so. I also cut out dairy and I think that helped. Just remember like everything else with babies, things change fast! I barely remember the witching hour now but at the time it seemed like it would never end.

  4. Acasper3
    August 13, 2015 / 2:49 PM

    1. About 1 month2. Around 5 months 3. 7-9pm but she would have. Dream feed around 11pmand sttn until 8/9am.4. Cluster feed, hold her a little but mostly just let her cry to get it out of her system.5. There is always something with kids. As parents, we need to stay vigilant and persistent. Constant love and patience. Don't give up, ever, or try to clock out.

  5. Jennifer
    August 15, 2015 / 2:37 PM

    1. 2 weeks2. Around 5 months 3. 4:00-7:00pm4. Cluster fed, put in swing, and went on walks when the weather was nice.5. Know that witching hour is normal and it will pass so quickly you won't remember it a few months later! Also, don't worry about "breaking the rules" during this time. Do what you need to for your baby.

  6. Valerie Plowman
    September 8, 2015 / 8:30 PM

    Thank you everyone for your comments! This post will be up tomorrow–September 9.

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