how do i get my 11 month old to sleep through the night

Brenda - posted on 11/20/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my 11 month old son wakes up 1-2 times a night because he cant find his pacifier and sometimes wont go back to sleep or he will got to sleep ill put him in his cot and 5min -1hr later will wake up again most time im to tired and just bring him into my bed any suggestions i can try to get him to sleep through the night ? he had 3 solid food meals a day and 3 bottles with the last one b4 bed have some baby cerial in it to keep him full he has 2 naps a day both about 1hr - 1.5 hrs i follow his quesfor his naps he goes to bed at 9pm and is up at 7:30 am

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Babies are physiologically made to sleep in REM throughoutt the night in order for brain reparation. All day long they are bombarded with a million new sensations, pictures, words, motions, sounds, movements, etc etc etc etc. During naps they are so PHYSICALLY exhausted so they sleep in DEEP sleep. At night though, their brain puts their body in REM or light sleep. That is the only sleep in which their brains can repair, sort out new information and build new cells. Any noise, even their own breathing, can wake them from this. It's unfortunate but it is how they develop!

Also, babies are more comfortable with mom and or dad because during the day you give them comfort and reassurance. At night, alone in their crib, they don't get that which is why it is so difficult for them to get back to sleep after the inevitable waking. My husband and our son share a bed at night, it's their time to bond, snuggle etc as I am home all day with him. This way, I get a good nights sleep and daddy and baby spend much needed time together (even if they're just sleeping!).

Remember, it won't last forever and you're DEFINITELY not alone!

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Esther - posted on 01/18/2013

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Hi,i can only imagine what u could be going through coz am also facing the the same thing.bt i may be u could try and be keeping him awake during the day and play with him so that when it's at night he could be exhausted and sleepy

Lisa - posted on 11/25/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter I go so sick of going to her at all hours of the night that one night I went in to her kissed her laid her down and let her cry herself back to sleep. I did that every night for a week and after that she stopped getting up. so i surgest letting him cry himself back to sleep if your comfortable doing so.

Ashley - posted on 11/25/2010

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My daughter is almost 14 months and she still won't sleep through the night, so I know what you're going through. some things that I have tried was cutting down to just one nap a day, putting a soothing instrumental cd in your sons room and playing it softly through the night, I've also heard of people putting heat blankets under the crib pad before bed and then removing it before putting their child to sleep, and also getting one of those things that puts pictures on the ceiling above their crib...I hope you find something that works for you!

Rita M. - posted on 11/23/2010

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what i do now with my 2 month old girl (that i hope keeps happening) is putting her on her stomach after she falls asleep, we all get over 6 hours of sleep, then again she can't roll yet....but well hope this helps somewhat

Pattie - posted on 11/23/2010

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I had this problem with my son also, is your son falling asleep on his own in his crib or do you put him to sleep then put him in his crib? I used to put my son to sleep then put him in his crib, so when he would wake in the night he didnt know how to put himself to sleep..so i had to start putting him down while he was awake so he could fall asleep on his own. He cried the first couple nights for a few minutes but it wasnt as bad as i thought it was going to be.
I dont know if this has helped you at all..but i hope you find something that works, i know its hard.

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You could possibly try dropping his afternoon bottle, he'll probably have his tea a bit earlier and go to bed a bit earlier too. It could be that he's overtired as 9-7:30 is only 10.5 hours and they generally need around 12 hours at night =]

Laura - posted on 11/22/2010

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My son turned 1 on October 30th and still doesnt sleep through the night yet. Google The Sleep Sense Program by Dana Obleman -we just started using it and are already seeing results. she has many different methods to best suit you and your baby. Good Luck!

Tiziana - posted on 11/22/2010

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Do you give him a bottle right before his nap or when he wakes up ? If it's before he problably needs a bottle to fall asleep, so when he wakes up in the middle of the night he cant fall back asleep cause he as learned to fall asleep with a bottle. Do you give him a bottle when he gets up at 3 ?

Brenda - posted on 11/21/2010

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i offer him 250mls sometimes he drinks it all some times not this is his routeen
wakes up at 7:30am
brekky by 8am
nap around 9:30 with a bottle sleeps
up around 11-11:30
lunch at 12:30
nap 2:30 -3pm with a bottle
up at 4 - 4:30
dinner at 6:30
bath straight after dinner
story,bottle bed 8:30 - 9pm
wakes around 1am looking for dummy then 3am he wakes up and i have trouble getting him to sleep at that time
where would i add the extra food and or drop the bottle hes my first child and value ur input

Tiziana - posted on 11/21/2010

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My son will be 1 on Dec. 6th and as just started sleeping thru, well till 5 or 6, he as a bottle and then goes back to sleep till 7 or 8. He still as some nights when he wakes up more often, but I think its due to teething. Have you tried putting a bunch of paci's in the crib so he finds it easier ? Do you have a bed time routine ? What I noticed helped with my lo was to feed him a little more solids during the day, a bed time routine and putting him down to sleep earlier. He used to go to bed around nine mostly cause it was a battle, until I started the routine, it was hard at first, but after a couple of days he would go to sleep around 7 without a problem. Now he as started to go to bed around 8. And my lo started to refuse his second nap around 10 months, so he takes one 2 hour nap after lunch.

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Firstly I would recommend not taking him into your bed if he does wake up - if you continue to do this he will expect it if he wakes up.

Try giving him more solids during the day and possibly drop one bottle so that he naturally eats more solids, depending on how much milk he has in each bottle.

My son is one next Saturday and he has three meals per day and milk in his breakfast cereal and a cup of milk with breakfast too. He sleeps 6pm-7am. He has recently randomly woke up during the night for his dummy but he's teething. I find it and then he goes back to sleep no bother. He has one or two naps usually totalling 1 1/2 hours.

Every baby is diffferent though. I didnt sleep through until I was about 14 months old apparently.

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