When the little guy and many other babies wake up in the middle of the night, it’s often because they’ve lost their pacifiers. This was the case for us for quite a few months until I got the wise idea to put at least one extra pacifier in the crib with him.
What happens is he will wake up but still have his eyes closed, and he will crawl around in a daze looking for his pacifier before he collapses back to sleep, as if he has been crawling across a desert looking for water.
So, when I place the extra pacifier into the crib with him, he often finds it right away, and then he continues to sleep. This also helps my wife and I so we can continue to sleep too ;).
This method has led to two interesting habits for the little guy. First, I will often find him sleeping while holding the spare pacifier – and then if he somehow loses the one in his mouth he has a spare in his hands. And second, when he wakes up in the morning he often lays there playing with the second pacifier. Kind of an odd solution for preventing a waking baby, but it seems to work for us!